The Talent Bazaar was a time for individuals to share things that they do. Mostly it was a display of authored/edited books, catalogues of artists, and CDs. The obligatory range of pamphlets were present, as were free copies of Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. I’ll talk more about some of the artists and musicians after the post on the Artists Panel.
The Knowledge Transfer session was intriguing. The two basic questions were:
- What motivates you to do what you do?
- What would enable you to achieve what you do in the context of this conference?
The first question was a real eye-opener for me. Many of the participants in my group referenced some catalytic event, whether 9/11, 7/7, Madrid, etc.. One chap said it’s where his life had taken him and he was just following through. For me, and the type of people I work with, the tragic events mentioned above may have changed the focus of what we do, but I do what I do because it is an integral part of the faith. Reaching out, talking, teaching, learning, building bridges are part of what it means to be Muslim for me.
The second question brought the usual round of answers. Follow-up communication system, either virtually or in real life. A system where we can propose projects, and not necessarily get funded, but find the necessary skill sets and man power. Overall not a bad session.
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