It is an honor to introduce the first of the four members of our newly formed Advisory Council - Karim Hassanein. Each advisor was invited to join the council for a six month term with the option to extend their participation for up to two years. As Stelo continues to evolve, the Advisory Council will play a central role in designing programs, representing the community and organization, and advising leadership on existing programs, policies, and procedures.
We're excited to share more about each of the advisory council members via features this week. Today we're introducing Karim Hassanein. We came to know Karim via his work with @designasprotest during the @vanportmosaic festival last year. Much gratitude to Karim!
ABOUT KARIM HASSANEIN
Karim Hassanein is an interdisciplinary, values-driven design professional committed to supporting civic engagement and creating a more just world in everything they do. Karim works and thinks at multiple scales, from storytelling to event coordination to urban design, with a commitment to excellence and tangible positive outcomes for the organizations and communities they serve. Karim is motivated by hope for a liberated future, and strives to democratize organizational structures. All of this is fueled by Karim's love of complexity and the ways that embracing uncertainty can lead to radical change.
This little guy reminds me that no matter what is going on in this world that is negative .. sickness, ignorance , prejudice, hate , jealousy, envy , rage ..politics..there is still hope .. light ..compassion kindness and mist of all love !!this week in my classes we will focus on twisting out the things that twist the heart and mind ( all those negative things) and make space for kindness,compassion, and most of all love!!!#nana#gratitude#yogateacher#inspiration
I get gratitude wrong many times, and it leads to a big imposter syndrome.
I’ve somehow convinced myself I grew up lonely, and that it was the motivating factor behind my dark chapters of depression and self-harm. I somehow became trapped in that victim mindset, partly due to making my dark moments part of my story, and using it to connect with others.
Recently, a buddy’s wife heard my classic story of feeling like my invite was always lost in the mail as a kid. She asked me if I truly felt like my childhood was lonely.
Unfortunately, up until that point, I had convinced myself the answer was yes, but the question made me second-guess myself.
My friend Willie then said, “You’re not giving enough credit to your friends.”
This made me realize that despite how I felt as a kid, and how much gratitude I hope to infuse in my relationships, I probably wasn’t giving enough credit to the people closest to me.
Despite having grown up feeling lonely and left out as a child, it was only through my perspective and self-doing. I have absolutely incredible friends and they have been there through thick and thin.
I somehow lost sight of that. I started focusing more on trying to “fix” what I convinced myself was broken, rather than appreciating the abundance of what I already have, most pointedly some amazing relationships.
I couldn't be more grateful, truly, to have such a fantastic community filled with loved ones that I care deeply for and who I know care about me. And it's important to remind myself of that, every single day.