Our Lord of Curation series presents to you some of the great curators on Scoop.it. They are here to share their insights and advice with you.
Ammar Abdulhamid is a liberal democracy activist whose anti-regime activities led to his exile from Syria on September 7, 2005. He now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his supporting family: his wife Khawla, and their two children: Oula (b. 1986) and Mouhanad (b. 1990). Ammar is the founder and director of the Tharwa Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to democracy promotion in the Greater Middle East and North Africa region.
-What is curation to you?
Curation is my way of communicating some of my passions and interest to the worlds, and of advocating on behalf of a certain cause in which I deeply believe (the spread of democracy), all with a few clicks of the mouth. I really wish I can do it more often and more regularly than I do. As it is, I do it in spurts. It’s not the best way to get the most out of curation, I know, but without Scoop.it I wouldn’t be curating as much as I do. So, Kudos.
-What is your best curating secret?
Selectivity: only the best articles, in your opinion, on a certain topic should be chosen. Use pictures to make your page more appealing – – I should remember that myself – – And, personalize the experience by adding your comments — I should remember that more often, too
-How has curation enriched your social media experience?
It made me more passionate about the things I believe in by increasing my reach and influence. It gave me a simple easy-to-use tool that can help me make a difference.
-Is curation a tool for democracy when a resource is necessary?
Sure it is. It’s a way for empowering people by allowing them to communicate their ideas on a large-scale, irrespective of borders, by simply highlighting (i.e. curating) those things that reflect their interests, values and beliefs.