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15 Things I Learned in Turkey

posted by Naysawn Naderi | filed under Personal |

istanbul at night

Istanbul at night

I spent the last month living in Istanbul, working as much as possible on Art Sumo while enjoying Turkish culture. While my first three days were spent getting scammed by a belly-dancing scheme, receiving food poisoning from a considerate 'wet burger', and below-freezing tempratures, gladly, the rest of the trip was one heck of a lot better. The Turks are incredibly hospitable and eager to show you their country. Although I'm now in sunny and wonderful Granada, Spain - I still miss the craziness of Istanbul and have added it to the list of places to live someday. I would highly recommend a trip, but before you do here are some tips for you.

Istanbul, working as much as possible on Art Sumo while enjoying Turkish culture. While my first 3 days were spent, getting scammed, food poisoning and frostbite, gladly, the rest were one heck of a lot better. The Turks are incredibly hospitable and eager to show you their country. Although, I'm in sunny and wonderful Granada, Spain right now - I still miss the craziness of Istanbul and have added it to the list of places to live someday. I would highly recommend a trip, but before you do here are some tips for you.

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15 Things I Learned in Lebanon

posted by Naysawn Naderi | filed under Personal |

Me in Beirut

In early February, while CNN was filled with images of a Lebanese day of rage, claims that Hezbollah had overthrown the government and a fresh travel advisory from the US Department of State urging Americans not to travel to Lebanon, I was in possession of a one-way ticket to Beirut. Should I cancel the trip? Fly somewhere else? Or, suck it up and hope for the best? After a lot of deliberation, research and angry conversations with family, my buddy Devin and I decided to throw caution into the wind and jump on a plane to Beirut.

In stepping off the plane, I had no idea what to expect: would I have the time of my life or end up in a van with a hood on my head? Happily, the former occurred - we both had an amazing time and I would like to share with you some reasons why I think you should plan to visit Lebanon as well. These are some of the things I learned.

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15 Things I learned in Israel

posted by Naysawn Naderi | filed under Personal |

For the last month I have been traveling around the middle east. My journey has gone from Lebanon -> Israel -> Turkey. Each place has been really unique and wonderful in its own particular way. As I have gone along, I've found various things interesting, shocking and curious. Below are 15 things that I learned in Israel.

1. Anything that can be put in a pita, should be put in a pita.

2. The right way to eat a pomegranate is through a straw

Making pomegranate juice on the streets of Acca

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10 of Our Favorite Social Enterprises

posted by Tiana Reid | filed under Personal |

Hello everyone - there has been a lot of buzz going on about social businesses as of late. What are they? How are they different from regular businesses and why is everyone jumping on the social business bandwagon? To fill us in, I asked Tiana Reid, community manager at socialbusiness.org, to explain their ins and outs and point our her favorite ones for us below.

Social Enterprises seem to be all the range in the circles in which I operate. That said if you ask 5 social entrepreneurs on what constitutes a social enterprise you often get five different responses. I personally would define a social enterprise as a business that actively decides not to maximize profits at the expense of social or environmental costs. Rather a social enterprise will seek to maximize profit, while producing as much social impact as possible.

Although the label of social enterprises is new, organizations producing both social betterment which are cash flow positive have existed for decades. I believe that the greed demonstrated in recent financial crash energized the world to create the term social enterprise to provide all with an impetus to create something new and socially productive.

To demonstrate some of the best examples of those businesses which are both producing financial and social output, I've listed in no particular order, 10 of my favorite social enterprises. As we're posting this on the Art Sumo blog, I thought it would be best to focus on companies that don't focus on International Art or World Paintings.

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Hello. I'm Naysawn, founder of Art Sumo. Art Sumo makes it easier to learn about other cultures and get art in far to reach places. These are some of our thoughts on the art world.