The Arab world is buzzing with talk of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. I will be writing a series of blog entries on what I think it is going to take to create and build a long lasting entrepreneurial society/culture in the region.
To start with and let me say it as straight as I can, entrepreneurship is not a policy nor is it an overnight sudden revelation and it certainly is not built into anyone’s DNA, country or individual, it is a result of a very deliberate long term set of actions and initiatives that involves every stakeholder in society. From the home, to the school, to government, to the business community, and everything in between – all working in a seamless interactive open system that teaches, nurtures, finances, mentors, inspires and enables eager young and old passionate entrepreneurs who have ideas that they think will change the way things are done in any field including government. Entrepreneurship is not only a state of mind, it is also state of action. It is about doing, experimenting, questioning, failing, struggling, engaging and building. It is about creating value inside the organization and inside society, that value can have social, or monetary impact, it can change the way we work, or the way we produce something, or deliver a public or a private service, and most importantly entrepreneurship is about people. People that have a stake in their society and feel they are invested in it - it gives them the freedom to innovate and create, and they give it its culture and values system. This values ecosystem is one of openness, one that nurtures the free flow of information and knowledge, and is built on trust. Trust of the State in its people, and the people in their State. Trust between governor and the governed, trust between managers and subordinates, and trust between peers.
I obviously have my own opinion on the matter , but I would like to do this in an interactive way, so please share with me your stories and experiences, share examples of what you have gone through to become an entrepreneur, and for sure tell me what you think needs to be done and why.