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Top Contributor Dina Bokai

Let's meet Dina and learn a bit more about what's inspired her during the Exploring Open Innovation Challenge

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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I guess I am a 'multipotentialite' based in the beautiful city of Amman, Jordan. I have a really cool day job as an Online Course Manager at Edraak.org - the first not-for-profit MOOC platform for the Arab World. In other words, I get to work with multidisciplinary teams and inspiring professors to bring free lifelong learning to hundreds of thousands of learners.

Before then, I lived in the UK for 5 years, where I earned an MPA in International Development and a BSc. in Economics.

Outside of work, you’ll find me people watching in a cafe while scribbling down stories and poems in my journal, or exploring beyond the limits of my comfort zone in a Contemporary dance class or Yoga studio.


WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS DID YOU SUBMIT DURING THIS CHALLENGE?


WHICH POST DID YOU RESONATE WITH THE MOST FROM THIS CHALLENGE?

A lot of posts from the challenge resonated with me. However, perhaps the one contribution that stood out to me the most this time around is A Dream Coming True by Arjan Tupan. I recently found out that the We Love Reading (WLR) initiative, which I introduced to OpenIDEO through a modest contribution in the Refugee Education Challenge, has been selected as one of the funded Top Ideas. This reminds me of the ‘butterfly effect’ - one post eventually led to funding a winning idea which will now serve hundreds of refugees.

HOW WILL YOU USE OPEN INNOVATION TO TACKLE TOUGH PROBLEMS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

I am currently trying to introduce Design Thinking and Human Centered Design methods to my team at work and to other aspects of my life. I believe that developing empathy for the learners we design for or for the people around us in general will really help us go along way. As such, I will focus on introducing approaches for developing empathy first. I am also a strong believer in the power of bottom-up approaches and innovating with the target community.


WHAT’S ONE THING YOU’LL LOOK FORWARD TO ON OPENIDEO?

I look forward to participating in new challenges and to meeting and developing stronger bonds with more people from the OpenIDEO community. I also look forward to organizing a few meetups in my city and perhaps attending a global meetup, if one is to be organized in the near future.

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Congrats on being a Top Contributor Dina! We're inspired by the contributions you made to the Exploring Open Innovation Challenge. Looking forward to how the OpenIDEO community will build on these insights in the near future. 

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Thanks for selecting me and for bringing together this great community :) I look forward to that too! 

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Hey Dina Bokai, congrats on being a Top Contributor. And thank you so much for the mention. You can't imagine how honoured I am with that!
I love how our paths keep crossing online. I believe last year we were introduced by Michael Goldberg around the topic of MOOCs, and now here we are on OpenIDEO. Looking forward to the next time our paths cross.

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Congratulations to you too Arjan Tupan !! I almost forgot how we met, our mutual interests and random online meetings make me feel like we are the oldest of friends :) I look forward to the next time our paths cross too. Meanwhile keep inspiring the rest of the OpenIDEO community :)

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Dina, I really like reading your post and learning more about you. Congratulations on being selected as top contributor!
I really enjoyed your We love reading initiative post (in fact,  I commented on it :-) ). I'm looking forward to see the idea evolve.

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Thanks Anne-Laure Fayard the pleasure is mine! I also enjoyed reading your post and learning more about your great work :) Yes, I do remember your interest in the Refugee Education Challenge. I was quite pleased with how things turned out. I will keep you posted on any news I hear. I am looking forward to collaborating with you in future challenges.