Earlier this month, Patrick and I travelled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to conduct a workshop for the Islamic Development Bank. The gentleman who invited us, Naguib Chowdhury, blogged about his thoughts regarding the workshop here.
Like him, I too entered into it with preconceptions about the workshop. I imagined that running a workshop in the Middle East would be very different from running one in Asia. In many ways, they are. For example, you need to be more attuned to religious, cultural and gender sensibilities there. But at the end of the day, what makes a workshop work is not just what you but also what the participants bring to it. And I have to say that I was both humbled and jazzed by a room full of smart, eloquent people eager to share and learn from each other. Despite the 17-hr door-to-door journey, I’m already looking forward to the next workshop with them.
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