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Leadership Lessons from Google

Leaders of well-led organizations focus on people, purpose, and potential. What makes an ideal organization distinctive from others, who remain mediocre, is their leaders’ inability in creating a friendly and thriving culture.

We have witnessed a remarkable growth in top-tier companies (e.g., Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook) over the last decade. Is their success accidental or intentional? What makes this whirlwind success easier for the top-tiers while others keep struggling?

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When is it too late to be an entrepreneur?

Air Commodore (retd.) Munir is ranked amongst some of the most successful Pakistani tech entrepreneurs. His hard work and persistence have come through in his thriving group of companies launched under the “Clary” umbrella. The story of this retired officer who went from a night shift manager of a gas station to the owner of a company, which now employs about one hundred engineers, scientists, sellers and marketers, designers and developers in 5 countries is truly an inspiring one.

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Annual Forum 2016

OPEN Islamabad has a knack of bringing the best of Islamabad together. The Annual Forum 2016 on November 26, 2016 was no exception. An exciting theme, brilliant speakers, wonderful venue, quality audience, tinge of music and art, a traditional outlook and endless cups of SecondCup coffee made it one of the best events of the year. There were around 500 participants throughout the day, from as diverse domains as Technology, Government, Academia and Development sectors, including about 100 CEOs, co-founders and heads of public sector organizations.

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Moving from Tray to a Toolbox

Have you ever watched an auto-mechanic how he uses his tools? Careless and disorganised. He prefers to keep his instruments in the bin rather than in a toolbox. Loosely placed tools rattle creating a noise pollution and are usually susceptible to misplacement. He gets frustrated when not finding the right tool for the job, and then uses what is available at hand. So is the case with leaders and managers […]

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Leaders’ Ego Traps Cause Their Downfall

Who could have thought ten years ago that Nokia and BlackBerry would become a thing of the past? Organisations cease to exist or diminish their impact when their leaders are inflexible and egotistical. History is rife with such stories about leaders who were egotistic; rarely they were able to achieve their mission or lasting success. Downfall arrested them with misery, helplessness, and insults. Ego makes people inflexible and short-sighted. It […]

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Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab (ICIL)

From October to December, ICIL leads held around ten internal meetings and were involved in following activities and projects:
The Know Your Rights (KYR) campaign is a civic awareness initiative launched by the Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab (ICIL) that aims to educate Pakistani citizens about their fundamental rights as per the Constitution, through short video messages recorded in partnership with Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD). In a short span of time, KYR has gained significant traction and even been covered in the media. Read the Yum to Yikes piece on our campaign here. Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to watch the videos.
Videos for 5 laws have been posted in English and Urdu. On average reach is around 1725, however the video on FIR reached 3200+ viewers.
Muhafiz

Code for Pakistan (CfP) is collaborating with Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) to create Muhafiz, Pakistan’s first semi-crowdsourced, digital threat reporting system for media workers and bloggers. Muhafiz will be designed to supplement existing threat reporting and response structures, as well as documentation of such ….

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Sheba Najmi, Redefining The Tech. Landscape Through Code for Pakistan

Pakistani Women of Inspiration is a series of blog posts initiated by OPEN Islamabad to recognize and celebrate contributions and achievements of Pakistani women professionals and entrepreneurs, across the globe. By sharing these stimulating stories we are not only intending to showcase their work and accomplishments, but also hoping that others can get inspired and learn from them. Huma Hamid who is based out of WA, USA, writes this series.

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Sophia Salim, A Millennial Entrepreneur from Silicon Valley

Pakistani Women of Inspiration is a series of blog posts initiated by OPEN Islamabad to recognize and celebrate contributions and achievements of Pakistani women professionals and entrepreneurs, across the globe. By sharing these stimulating stories we are not only intending to showcase their work and accomplishments, but also hoping that others can get inspired and learn from them. Huma Hamid who is based out of WA, USA, writes this series.

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Why We Should All Be Civic Hacking

Think about your last time stuck in traffic — or at NADRA getting your National ID Card renewed… Ever had to go to the police station? Visited a ghost government school? What about spending untold hours with no electricity thanks to load-shedding? No one wants to spend countless hours in traffic or wait in that interminable CNG line. Or pretty much have anything to do with public services, if they can help it. What if interacting with public services wasn’t so painful? What if every trip was a positive, easy experience?

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PRESS RELEASE on imposition of 8% minimum tax on services

PRESS RELEASE DATE: 19 July 2015 Taxation, or Stifling of SMEs? Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are generally regarded as the most important instrument of a country’s economic growth. As an example, SMEs in the United Kingdom represent 99% of the private sector businesses and account for about 60% of the private sector employment. SMEs typically operate with minimal financial resources and operate at low profit margins. Given that they […]

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How did OPEN start and what led to it being so successful

Many times people ask me how did OPEN start and what led to it being so successful.
About 16 years ago four friends in Boston got together as they felt a need to contribute back to the community. The talked about helping Pakistani Americans in terms of mentorship and guidance so that they can be more successful at their professions in general and as entrepreneurs in particular. From their own experiences, they knew that while there were many organizations promoting entrepreneurship, there were none that focused on the Pakistani America diaspora. This was the brain storm that eventually germinated into the launch of OPEN in Boston.

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Your Net Worth is your Network

We love to live in silos.
Silos are our comfort zones where we do what we like. We stay in familiar surroundings. We meet with whom we are comfortable with. We do things that make us secure. This is typically our default behavior.
Well that is very – for lack of better word – comfortable. Life is good. What’s the problem?
The problem is that while comfort zone is very comforting, it is not where progress happens. All smart people proactively get uncomfortable as soon as they start getting comfortable. That is what leads to growth, however you define it. ……

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PRESS RELEASE on Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB), 2015

The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015 was recently approved by the Standing Committee in the National Assembly. The current draft can be accessed at: http://bolobhi.org/whatsbrewing-pakistans-proposed-cybercrime-law/.
The bill has some clauses that provide room for criminalising expression over social media, spam mail and text messages. The implications are far reaching and will primarily impact the contributors to the knowledge economy, i.e. the ICT industry, academics, print and electronic media and particularly the educated and social-media-centric people of Pakistan. As an example, the following actions …..

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