Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

Accenture Global CIO Forum

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The Foush just arrived in Washington, DC, to speak at the Accenture Global CIO Forum. The theme of this year’s forum is IT Matters: Shaping the Future of the Enterprise. While many aspects of social media/digital communication have been handled by the Marketing and Communication teams within organizations, its increasing importance within strategic planning is making many CIOs stand up and take notice.

Rahaf will be on a panel discussing the implications of these developments on the CIO’s role and hear the insights of some of the other panelists including:

  • Elizabeth Hackenson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The AES Corporation
  • Rob Webb, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Hilton Worldwide
  • Richard Williams, Vice President and Group Chief Information Officer, AstraZeneca

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Collaboration Tools for Innovation

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

While collaboration tools have been around for a while, recent developments in social networking are rapidly changing the collaboration space, which is becoming a critical component of the productivity and innovation capabilities of organizations.

Collaboration Tools for Innovation is the topic chosen for the April 9 session of the YTA Business Innovation group. John Myers, VP and General Manager of Communications Solutions Group at Open Text will be the speaker for this session. He will demonstrate some new solutions and frame the discussion about collaboration tools in the innovation context.

The session is held 12 noon to 1:30 PM at the Regus Business Centre, 15 Allstate Parkway, 6th Floor, Markham. Attendance is free but you need to register at the YTA web site:

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From Post-Copenhagen to Post-xCAMP

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Natalie Jeremijenko, the founder of the xCLINIC was in Toronto to attend xCAMP. She was invited by OCAD’s  Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) to present her current research in the context of sLab’s Exploration series. She titled her talk “Post Copenhagen: What Strategies Now?” She argued that with the failure of the  super-conference format of the Copenhagen negotiations, the emphasis now falls on other strategies and technological opportunities to raise the standard of evidence and coordinate a more diverse response to environmental challenges. She asked how can distributed sensing and public sharing of data reveal this evidence? How can it support and enable local organization and actions?And how can social networking be used in collective sense-making and life-style experiments to localize responsibility for environmental health?

Regardless how familiar you are with Jeremijenko’s work, you are guaranteed to discover something new and fascinating every time she speaks about her research. This well attended Explorations event was no exception and the ensuing discussion was the perfect preamble to xCAMP that immediately followed.

As organizers of xCAMP we were overwhelmed by and grateful for the interest and support extended to us. Participants brought an amazing scope of knowledge and experience to bear on the issues discussed at xCAMP. The agenda consisted of 3 main segments. In the first segment Natalie presented the xCLINIC concept and showed examples of her related activities. Then Carla Gould from the core organizing group presented a storyboard illustrating the “impatient’s” experience. She was followed by Nabil Harfoush, who took participants through xCLINIC’s foundational elements, their strengths and weaknesses, and proposed a framework for xCLINIC 2.0 aiming at establishing a movement around many xCLINICs.

Open Circle

Open Circle

The second segment consisted of an open circle discussion of the proposed concept followed by 5 break-out sessions that handled:

  • The Starter Kit
  • Creative Engagement
  • Collaboration & Communications
  • Alliances & Central Resources
  • Benchmarks & Impact Measurements

The break-out sessions were facilitated by a wonderful team: Pam Purves, Greg Judelman, Ryan Coleman, Dan Rose, and Magda Wesolkowska, all of whom are colleagues and friends from the Design with Dialogue collective. We are grateful for their assistance and dedication.

The final segment (called Harvest) consisted of a “market place” type of exchange, where participants circulated among the displayed findings of the 5 break-out groups and added their thoughts and comments, a brief presentations by each group, and a general discussion about findings.

xCAMP generated a significant volume of ideas, solutions and activities road map, which were captured in a variety of ways including flip charts, sticky-note collections, photos and video recording.We have started the arduous task of processing all these outcomes and will be reporting on progress regularly.

Our plans call for establishing 5 permanent working groups to continue working on this project. If you are interested in participating send an email to with a description of your interest areas and degree of availability for participating in any one of these groups.

Training 2010 Conference & Expo

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Training 2010 the premier event for workplace learning is taking place February 1-3, 2010 in San Diego, CA. Rahaf is one of the select group of keynote speakers at this conference.
Training 2010 covers the core areas of workplace learning: design, assessment, development, and management. Conference highlights include Stephen Covey, author of  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Economics of Trust; Steve Harper, author of The Ripple Effect, an exhibition of learning technologies as well as 36 case study presentations. Fresh from her participation in the World Economic Forum’s summit at Davos, Switzerland, Rahaf Harfoush, author of the book Yes We Did: Strategic Insights and Social Media from the Campaign that Changed History will be speaking about implications of social media for building a brand.

40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum

Monday, January 18th, 2010

In response to changing priorities in the world economy the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) traditionally held in Davos (Switzerland) is being held under the motto “Improve the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild”.

The premise of Davos is that changing the world requires global cooperation, which in turn needs engaging stakeholders from business, government, the media, science, religion, the arts and civil society.

The rethink component is driven by the work of over 70 Global Agenda Councils involving over 1000 experts that meet on a regional or sectoral basis to advance ideas and solutions to the most critical challenges facing the world.

The redesign components builds upon the ongoing work of the Forum’s Global Redesign Initiative (GRI), an unprecedented multi-stakeholder dialogue with the ambitious goal of adapting structures and systems of international cooperation to meet present and future challenges challenges that the world is facing.

In order to support a continuing dialogue before and after Davos, WEF has been building a Web 2.0 collaboration platform called WELCOME. Our own Rahaf Harfoush is a key member of that initiative. You can follow the Davos events and discussions on WEF’s web site, or on aggregator sites such as the Eqentia WEF portal. You can also follow them on Twitter (@davos or the tag #WEF). You can also watch on YouTube Lee Howell, Managing Director, Head of Programming & Global Agenda Councils discuss the themes of Davos 2010 here.

Season’s Greetings

Saturday, December 19th, 2009
Happy Holidays to All

Happy Holidays to All

As we wind down an eventful year and look forward to the upcoming holidays, it is time to celebrate the most important elements of our humanity:  The warmth of being with family and friends, generosity and compassion with our fellow humans near and far, reflection on what’s important in our lives,  a mind set of reconciliation rather than conflict, and of appreciation of our blessings.

The Manara team would like to express its gratitude to all friends, customers, partners, colleagues, and competitors for their support, advice, business, wisdom, and the challenges that kept us on our tows and made us a better team.

We wish you all and yours a Merry Christmas, happy and safe holidays and a New Year full of peace, health, and prosperity.

Season Finale – Designing with Dialogue

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Leadership in the co-creation of positive change in our organizations and communities facilitated by conversations for meaningful action.

Designing with Dialogue (DwD) is a Toronto community of practitioners that gathers monthly to convene dialogue as a practice in social designing for the purposes of engaging the organizations, projects, and civic communities to which we’re committed.

Manara has been participating regularly in DwD sessions as we see the facilitation methods and tools discussed by this practitioners community as a significant component in the wider spectrum of collaborative design tools required for organizational change.

December’s session will be held the second Wednesday, December 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) of OCAD. We are reserving this session to meet as a core group of committed participants interested in taking the DwD community to the next stage of its evolution towards serving the community at large. The December session, as an exception, will be dedicated to continuing the work we started in November for envisioning the plans and agenda for 2010.

From January 2010 on, we will meet the second Wednesday of every month at the Strategic Innovation Lab, OCAD, Toronto.

Canadian Business Leadership Forum

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Now in its sixth year, the Canadian Business Leadership Forum shares first-hand accounts of successful strategies and leadership initiatives that teach attendees new skills and innovative ways of thinking.

Organized by Canadian Business Magazine, the day-long program will be held on October 21, 2009 at The Carlu in Toronto and is aiming to inspire, motivate, and help deliver competitive advantage to organizations. The Foush is a featured speakers at this conference. More details on the speakers lineup can be found here.

Rahaf will be also signing her book Yes We Did on location.

Healthcare Fall Leadership Conference 2009

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

HealthCare Leaders is a non-profit association of individuals who hold leadership and management positions in health care, or within organizations that serve health care, in British Columbia.

HealthCare Leaders is most frequently known for its continuing professional education offerings including its annual Leadership Conference in October and Community Care Conference in May, both of  which draw hundreds of participants from all parts of the province. The Association provides several other services for members.

This year’s Leadership Conference will be held on October 19th and 20th at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, BC. It is titled “Leading Healthcare: Inspire and Achieve” and will be focusing on leadership strategies, complex networks and organizational reform. The full program of the conference can be found here. The Foush will be speaking at the conference on October 20th and will be signing her book Yes We Did