Asma Falah Shakir
48 Hours to the Event: A Close View on TEDxBaghdad Team
TEDxBaghdad’s team who’s been working diligently during the past few months to organize TEDxBaghdad 2012 Main Event that is scheduled to take place approximately less than 48 hours from now had received about 25 extra additions to their TEDxBaghdad family on Friday, October 19th . Twenty three volunteers have decided to join the TEDxBaghdad phenomenal event while a certain number of other individuals have joined TEDBaghdad’s various teams including: Social Media, Blogging, Translation, Logistics, Registration …etc.
Stress escalates and commotion becomes louder as the teams struggle to meet the deadline which the event had set for its organizers.
At the headquarters of the blogging team which is 2 members short of meeting the required number of team members, sat Al-Nair Bellah Ishrak, head of the blogging team. As he was persistently striving to compensate for the shortage that his team is suffering from, he has been duty-bound to stay the nights at Al-Rasheed hotel the last couple of nights instead of returning back home to his family.
“I do not think it a necessarily tremendous ordeal that my team is suffering from a lack of sufficient number of members, nor do I think it destructively exhaustive or strenuous for me to relentlessly endeavor recompensing for the shortage we’re sustaining, I’m the head of the team and therefore, I’m obliged to do so” Said Nasir.
He emphasized that quantity is not essential to delivering top notch quality material, and that TEDxBaghdad has more than enough members currently working on the other teams whom are more than willing to step in and help out should he ever require additional laboring hands.
Nasir: “I could have about a dozen new members working simultaneously on the team, however, directing a team that’s substantially large is difficult, also, maintaining a team that’s composed of highly talented yet with few members is integral to wielding an ultimately great output”
Upon looking at the work that’s currently being performed at Al-Rasheed hotel, a passerby or a bystander might be confused by the complex nature of the individual team member’s job, mistakenly thinking it not well thought out and somewhat chaotic however, rest assured that the work of the individuals involved in the organization is extremely intricate and had been thought through from the very beginning to the end. Preparing for the unexpected and planning ahead had been TEDxBaghdad’s core team’s strategy to battle whatever obstacle, anticipated or not, that might face them along the way.
It has been almost a week since Hayder Al-Shakeri had arrived from Beirut, he’s member of TEDx Beirut’s team and a current member of TEDxBaghdad’s social media team. He’s been staying at Al-Rasheed hotel ever since he’d arrived, and with whatever short break he can manage to get, he’s been helping out the other teams with any debacle they’ve been facing. For instance, aside from his job on the Social Media team which is moderating and editing TEDxBaghdad official Facebook and twitter pages, making the necessary liaisons with media resources and other resources that the organization is in need of for covering, sponsoring and promoting the event, Hayder also took on his shoulder, along with the Registration team, reading more than 3250 applications submitted by people that have registered to attend Monday’s grand event.
“I can honestly say that most of the people who applied to be an attendee had genuinely deserved an invitation, unfortunately, since the number of seats is limited, a lot of the people who applied did not receive an invitation”, he added.
During the past few days, he’s also been helping Al-Nasir by trying to find suitable individuals that are talented and dedicated enough to meet the standards which every good blogger is required to meet, and interviewing them online.
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