The 10-DC-Commandments

I’ve also shared this advise during a welcoming ceremony of one of our newcomer Atlas Corps Classes in DC, but I’d like to become repetitive in this case: be shameless. Ask for tips, clothes, free events, contacts, local hints, help, information, ask, ask, ask! Following this mindset, I was asking one of the most Senior people at my Host Organization if he could give me some good advise as I was trying to get around Washington DC in the best way possible, in order to serve me well not just for the time being, but also for the years ahead. What I received as a gift was his beautiful personal list of “10 Hard-Earned Lessons”, which I will call “The 10-DC-Commandments” and I will share here with you:

Skills Based Volunteering: Its impact and resources

Skills based volunteering is an emerging concept both in non-profit and for-profit sector. In skills based volunteering, public and employees in for-profit organizations volunteer their skills to non-profit organization to help them achieve their goals and objectives.

In skills based volunteering, skills are matched with the desired activity that needed to be completed. Suppose, if someone has expertise in database development, and a non-profit has no budget for developing the database, so the non-profit organization can look for pro-bono services where employees from different corporations are donating their time for a range of skills. The skillets is unlimited and different on several websites (see the resources tab), which is quite helpful for both the volunteers and non-profit sector.

Developing Cross Sector Partnerships

Partnership is defined is an agreement or contract between two or more parties that is undergone to perform a set of tasks, activities, and projects to achieve desired goals and objectives that mutually benefits all the parties involved.

In today’s world, we have seen that partnership happens between the same as well as different sectors. When the partnership is between two sectors we call it bilateral partnership, when the partnership is among three sectors, we call it tri-sector partnership.

Typically, the triangle of partnership engages state, market, and civil society. By state, I mean the government,   by market I mean for profit organization, and civil societies are non-profit organization, mostly having community oriented goals.

Why is homelessness still not news?

Earlier this year appeared on Voice of America’s Pashto service in Washington, D.C. The discussion focus was youth engagement in entrepreneurial activities, and the way forward. But, when I introduced myself as an employee of Street Sense Media, callers popped up. They were surprised with the word homelessness; to them, the United States is a country full of luxuries, happiness and job opportunities.

Where are the news media to propagate the realities of American homelessness? Ethical journalism should highlight the situation on the ground, and give the public real-time information so that it’s aware of what has been happening in the country and the world as whole too.

Say No to Corporate Social Responsibility

When you say NO to corporate social responsibility, then It’s amazing to know a new concept, a word or terminology which is in the evolutionary phase to engage the corporate sector towards successful social impact. “Shared value” is more of related to social and economic benefits that the organizations can make via strategic initiatives in the community. While reading the literature I got confused with the corporate social responsibility and creating shared value. Is there any difference or what is the ideology behind this? After having brainstorming with a co-worker, I came to know the concise definition of creating shared value by corporate concerns “identifying and expanding the connections between societal and economic progress”. There is still need to work on this idea and generate more scientific evidence in order to say “shared value is the new pathway to bring change on economic and social grounds”. Although, a shared value framework needs more scientific evidence to put all the concept inline that make the difference from corporate social responsibility. This is the responsibility of companies belong to the corporate sector to lead the businesses and societies together in order to resolve the issues. There is a need to give value in return to the societies via solving their problems in a strategic way. The way forward for the corporate sector is to modify their mission and vision statements via adding social aspects. Perhaps, shared value philosophy need urgent attention from the corporate leaders in order to streamline the business with a contribution to the society by addressing issues, needs, and challenges. There should be a direct connection between the organization’s success and social progress. If you have thoughts on the term “creating shared value” please share in the comments. Sharing example of civil societies would be great. Below mentioned source is the conceptual reading by Harvard Business Review.

Is homelessness a stigma?

Is homelessness a stigma? I asked this question in one of our community meetings, where people who are homeless, formally homeless, or income insecure meet once a week to discuss the issues they face. After discussing these issues, we then come up with solutions to overcome them. The responses really made me sad – listening to the issues of the people affected by homelessness. I thought to put my thoughts in the form a blog to help overcome homelessness as a stigma.

$30 Dinner Party

$30 Dinner Party: Tapas

On this episode of $30 Dinner Party, we’re headed Park Slope in Brooklyn to meet Zaneta, a teaching fellow and student, who has lived abroad in Spain in the past. She is looking to throw a dinner party for her friends that's as budget conscious as it is worldly.

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Youth Experiencing Homelessness

(Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Life tough? Ask youth who are experiencing homelessness. You will feel blessed because you have so much that others are missing completely.

This morning, at the start of spring and heavy snow, I left for the office at 5 am to supervise our delivery crew unloading the newspapers. That’s how media houses work– they don’t care about the weather or the situation, they do what they are supposed to do. While I was few blocks away from my office, I saw a young man on the street, probably fourteen years old, asking for a change (money) for breakfast.

LDA Albania delegation represented Republic of Albania in the world largest event WFYS2017 in Sochi, Russia!


My statement after the successful participation on the WFYS in Russia 2017:

An unprecedented honor to represent the Albanian nation for the first time in this worldwide festival.

The organization which I led, “LDA Albania & Kosovo” was the only organization in the Republic of Albania who gave the opportunity to the Albanian state to be represented with a delegation of 20 young people in Sochi, Russia, among 30,000 young people from 180 countries.

I can trustworthy say that was not just a milestone but a dream and an ideal realized by young people by promoting solidarity, peace and social justice, a story to write, a start for a mission, an international vision that we will reach…