This encompasses respect for one another, for time (one’s own as well as that of others), for Al Sharq’s values themselves, for the boundaries as well as the potentials of the network. As such, respect should be reflected in every form of communication and engagement we undertake, whether internal or external. Ultimately, respect for the mission of the network, its international, regional, and local priorities, and the communities we engage with at every level.
What shapes our culture?
Fairness, rooted in sound moral principles, in our communication and conduct at every level, both internally and externally. Integrity is reflected in kindness and generosity in our opinion of others, while only saying about them what we are happy to say to their faces. Everyone should be asking themselves about any feedback they had failed to provide, and constantly asking others for feedback on what, and how, things can be done better at all levels, always.
Encompassing both honesty and transparency, truthfulness is reflected in every one of our interactions, within the network and beyond; it is at the core of our communications, our feedback mechanisms, and the goals we continue to set for ourselves. When there is feedback to be given, channels should always be available to receive it at all levels of the organization. Instead of sugarcoating, we will encourage respectful constructive feedback, which is a key prerequisite for improvement
The pursuit of excellence in everything we do, as a culture. This is not about preserving a culture, but rather constantly improving and transforming it. Enabling an environment where people can show the best of their abilities and fulfill their true potentialities, beyond the rigid limits of a job-description or basic expectations.
The sense of responsibility towards the cause and the purpose of the network that we aim to fulfill. A responsibility to be ambitious in our approach, and to constantly expand the boundaries of our collective imagination in this pursuit.
We embrace the inevitable limits of our abilities, while continuing to learn how to become better at what we do. We know “we have not yet figured it out”, but humility allows us to adopt a measured and sober sense of where we are, and to grow to better serve our purpose and mission, as individuals and as a collective.
The world needs new thinking, new ways of doing things – outside of the box or beyond the box altogether. We encourage an environment that fosters novel and bold ideas, innovative ways of thinking and doing, of always experimenting when ‘’it’s safe enough to try’’, always asking ourselves ‘’why not?’’ and showing the courage to go beyond our comfort zone, all the while focusing on the tangible results, specific goals, and eventual impact of our actions.
Success is not measured by completing a single project or activity, but rather by the collective achievements secured as a network, which meet clearly set objectives and goals. We aim to foster a culture of collaboration and integration between and across activities, programs, and events at all levels, while continuously cultivating a culture of cooperation and synergy in everything that we do. We believe this is what unlocks and enables the possibilities for positive synergy within Al Sharq Forum as whole.
What differentiates the network and its members?
The network is purpose and impact-driven, focusing on the goals and objectives that embody the network’s values: the betterment of the world, in accordance with local, regional, and global priorities as defined from the bottom-up. Everyone is driven by motivation on an individual level (micro-vision). However, the network is built on a common purpose – of making the world a more inclusive, just, pleasant place, with evolving priorities and areas of focus at the international, regional, and local levels.
The network is forward looking. We believe the future is determined by the decisions and actions taken today. The future is auspicious, and we believe that youth today have the agency to shape it, by understanding and acting upon the forces of change.
The network is inclusive of all backgrounds and is enriched by the diversity of its members from different ethnicities, regions, and countries. We believe that the diversity of perspectives, opinions and worldviews, widens and deepens our collective understanding of the world.
We believe in the power of the collective global community, especially in an interconnected world. Universality of common values, encompassing within it diverse groups of faith, ethnicity and backgrounds, shapes the global identity of Al Sharq.
The network adopts a bottom-up approach to our priorities, focus areas, and general direction, while always being cognizant of the specifities of the societies where Al Sharq Youth operates, and the local communities we aim to serve. In this spirit, our pursuit of sustainability, localization, empowerment, and social justice will always begin at the local level.
On which basis does the network operate?
All of the network’s programs, activities and projects must embody a set of specific purposes that are aligned with its multi-layered goals and cross-functional objectives, and which will be assessed and adjusted on a continuous basis. As a purpose and impact-driven network, our approach and engagement should always reflect the purposes we have defined collectively.
The team’s operations, the formulation and planning of our programs and our activities at the local level are always informed by our networked organizational structure. This connectedness is built on the personal and group connections that are the basis of our shared experiences in different hubs, cities and regions, and which enrich the diversity of the network and its members.
The communication channels through all levels of the network are purposefully based on openness – where access to knowledge, documents, resources and plans is open to all active network members.
Our decision making is based on our collective consciousness of the world, the ideas and forces that shape it; and our position as a network within it, constantly enriched by the diversity at the heart of our network.
Al Sharq Youth works in integration with Al Sharq Academia and Al Sharq Strategic Research towards promoting the ideals of justice and pluralism. Internally, Al Sharq Youth Network’s core and central networks operate synergistically to advance those ideals through our programs, special projects, and activities. At Al Sharq Youth Network, we will also continuously seek ways of furthering integration and synergy with all other organizations, networks and groups working towards the same objective as ours: making the world a better place.