Lord of Curation Series: Ammar Abdulhamid

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.