Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dr Faisal Dar – Pioneer of Liver Transplantation in Pakistan


My interview with Dr. Fasial Dar for My Voice Unheard  Read the full interview at http://bit.ly/1I3lJOw

Paasbaan – Countering violent extremism through story telling


My story on Pakistan`s first digital comic book series for My Voice Unheard. Art work, design, printing and mobile App all has been done in Pakistan with our local talent! Read more about it at http://bit.ly/1HgJRJE

Meet the “Pakistani” – Maxwell Shanti



 
My story on Mr. Maxwell, a Sri Lankan expat, for My Voice Unheard who came to Pakistan in 1971 to serve the people of this Country. As much as he is Sri Lankan, he is also a Pakistani. Read about his amazing journey of 45 years of service to Pakistan with an insight to the transformation that this Country has gone through.
Read his full story at http://bit.ly/1MhGMMC

Friday, May 22, 2015

Environmental Sensitization






My post for WWF-Pakistan's blog 'Environmental Sensitization' http://wwf.org.pk/blog/?p=293





Faqir Syed Saifuddin – Preserving our Heritage




My story on Faqir Syed Saifuddin and Fakir Khana Museum for My Voice Unheard  'Preserving our Heritage' http://bit.ly/1G5cHzY

Zar Aslam – Persistence is the Key



My story on Zar Aslam for My Voice Unheard  'Persistence is the Key'  http://bit.ly/1Jk9w9l 

Story of Sustainable Sustenance


© Nuzhat Saadia Siddiqi / WWF-Pakistan


I have joined the My Voice Unheard, an online initiative under the Peace Caravan Youth Ambassadors Programme. 

Here is my first story for the website 'Story of Sustainable Sustenance' http://bit.ly/1c3USEW 

The content for the story was taken from WWF-Pakistan's publication Stories of Hope. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Art of Social Media


Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick co-authored The Art of Social Media providing practical tips and tools for effective use of Social Media. Guy is an evangelist and Peg is a social media strategist. In more fun terms, as mentioned at the start if the book, they are the Jack and Chloe duo from Guy’s favorite (my personal favorite as well) television series 24. The analogy is quite fitting as it is an hour to hour battle that makes the core of the world of Social Media.


The ammunition they layout is not just theoretical; they have collected it through personal experience which in my books gives them an edge over other Social Media professionals. Additionally, you know that they are on the right track when they state in their book that one should be vary of those who claim to be experts in the field. This is a platform that requires constant learning, given the speed with which it is changing and only those who are open to adopting to constant change can be successful.

Content is king! This is one of the key take away. Despite the content overload that is a norm on all the various Social Media platforms, at the end of the day quality content wins it all. Increasing the frequency of the content (Guy is an ambassador for this concept) will only work if it is interesting enough to attract your audience’s attention. 

The next key factor to consider is the presentation of the content. You put out long texts and you lose your audience after the first few line or latest by the end of the first paragraph. One needs to be precise and images and videos work much better than text. If your image or video clicks with your audience, they will surly click on the link for details and there you can provided the text material. The trick is to add as much innovation to your visuals as possible.

‘If you are not offending someone, then you are not using Social Media rightadvises the book and rightly so. Adopting the policy of pleasing everyone is not going to be a fruitful one so avoid it. Same goes for debates that turn into pointless banter; 'You can never go wrong by taking the high road, because winning the war for class and credibility is more important than winning the battle with one commenter'.

The reader is guided in a step by step manner to build their Social Media presence, how to put out a coherent and effective message and most important of all how to organize it. They have implemented their own advice and made reading The Art of Social Media, a total delight by providing images of the sites and links to sources that will help you in building your brand.  


There are many tools that are available to help you in designing your content, sourcing your content and scheduling it. This books provides their details and guides the reader how to successfully use them and this is its best feature and reason enough for you to own a copy. I have personally picked up a few tricks and incorporated them for my work and they are helping me built my network and gage my target audience. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Reclaim Your Mosque!

"The fundamental message being that it is time that the people stand up and reclaim their mosques and demand that those entrusted with our religious representation should stop voicing the extremist narrative and further imbedding it in the vulnerable minds of our children."


I wrote 'Reclaim your Mosque" for the magazine 'Laaltain'. For the complete write up  http://www.laaltain.com/reclaim-mosque/