It’s 11:10 in the evening, and I just finished watching the Hong Kong movie “In the Mood for Love” with family and thinking about loyalty. What does it mean? Well, I think most of us confuse loyalty with repeated interactions. Most of the relationships human beings experience (personal / business-wise) are based on business basics, things like mutual benefits, etc.
Loyalty is different. It’s when you know there is a better alternative (in the short term), and you still choose the one you’ve had. Long-termism calls for loyalty, either it’s business or personal.
Anyway, if you are in Iran, how were your Nowrooz holidays? I’ve spent a lot of time with family and met friends online. I also got a PS5 as my “Eydie!”, so I didn’t have much time to sleep!
Helping event organizers around the world and in Iran
We finally made the TEDxTehran mobile application open-source. Fellow TEDx organizers can now build their mobile app for the iOS & Android platforms and prepare it to share with their audience in the most customized way (click here for details).
I also talked to the young community builder and event organizers this month at Pardis Sumit, where I encouraged them to:
- think like journalists instead of marketers,
- enable the community instead of individuals,
- set good examples for their communities,
- and create communities for community builders.
I’m so glad that my comments about Iran’s startup community were interesting for the Middle East Eye. It had been published in an article: “Iran start-ups battle brain drain and US sanctions.” (Read and tell me what you think).
My Persian article titled “Anthropy of elites” was also published in Tadbir managerial journal’s latest issue. The main idea is how and why the more people are intellectual; they seek less contact and interactions in Iran. While the extended version of the idea will be published in Idea Designers Magazine, you may now read the gist of the idea here or download a printable version here.
Personal branding for architects
One of the things that the freedom of the end of the year gave me was the time to curate a workshop for select veteran Iranian architects to learn more about “personal branding”. Being no teacher or lecturer, I did that my own way: pragmatics and based on evidence!
My fellow five students had no idea how the branding process is exactly as the design process they do with their plans. We had so much fun, and the result was fascinating.
The Persian website is up and running!
Finally, with Pegah and Sahar’s help from the Oppmakr Institute, my Persian website is up and running. It’s a home for my ideas in the Persian language. Enjoy reading, listening, and watching: www.ghiabi.com/fa.