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Interviewed by Shel Israel


iMatter social network for Arabic Women

Shel Israel (co-author, with Robert Scoble, of Naked Converations) interviewed me about my Saudi Arabia trip. Here are the questions he asked me:

SAP Global Survey: Australia’s Laurel Papworth

Building a Social Network for Arab Women

1. You have two blogs. One shows an almost stern-looking corporate sort of woman. The other portrays a free-wheelin’ Aussie with pink hair. How do you reconcile these multiple personalities?
2. How did you come to be invited to Saudi Arabia? Why did you decide to go? What scared you about going and can you talk about your problems getting into the country?
3. Tell me about social media in Saudi Arabia. How is it used and by whom? How much access do people have?
4. In one of your posts, you wrote about an “as yet unfounded” online community for Arab women. Tell me more about it? How did these women enroll and what countries are they from? .
5. How were you received at the conference? What was the biggest single takeaway for you? What did you say or do that surprised the Saudi women the most?
6. You wrote that for Saudi women, ” one photo, one chat with a male alone can totally disrupt you life.” Can you expand on that in terms of social media?
8. When building a woman’s community, how can you ensure one is not a male? What would happen if that occurred?
9. How do you think social media will change the life and culture of Saudi women? How do you see it impacting Saudi culture and relationships with the West overall? Let’s stretch a bit: Do you think social media can contribute to greater peace and understanding between Arab and Western cultures?
10. Additional comments?

I think if you want to know the answers I gave to those questions, you should hop onto Shel’s blog Global Neighbourhoods.

If you want more background to my trip to Jeddah Saudi Arabia to teach Arabic women social media and blogs/forums, try these:

Journey to Jeddah: Background

Journey to Jeddah: Day One.

Women and Identity in Saudi Arabia

Journey to Jeddah – Day Three and Four

Jouney to Jeddah: Homeward Bound

and maybe

Women in Business: Behind the Veil

Such an important trip, still making waves… and the social network is now launched and live! iMatter.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

5 thoughts on “Interviewed by Shel Israel

  1. @clarelancaster This post has the links – I blogged my trip to Saudi Arabia to teach women how to use social media http://twurl.nl/r47tyc 🙂

  2. @clarelancaster This post has the links – I blogged my trip to Saudi Arabia to teach women how to use social media http://twurl.nl/r47tyc 🙂

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