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S3 | How is this Syrian transforming integration in Stockholm?

October 03, 2017

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In The Stockholmer’s first edition recorded live in front of an audience, Maddy Savage catches up with Imad Elabdala, the Syrian author behind the world’s first children’s therapy book with a refugee hero. His interview for the podcast in January 2017 was the most-listened-to episode of Season 2. Now, the social entrepreneur is embracing new projects, including an innovative learning platform for teachers and children, a Ted Talk and numerous television appearances.

This episode was recorded at Sthlm Music House, Stockholm’s new hub for entrepreneurs working in music, media and tech.

Imad answers questions including:

  • What happened after you successfully crowdfunded your book?
  • Tell us about the new Sara doll, based on the main character in your book?
  • What is the new educational platform you have created?
  • How did you get support for your latest projects, having previously struggled to get funding?
  • Can you tell us about your upcoming Ted Talk?
  • How do you feel about global media focussing less on the Syrian conflict?
  • What advice do you have for other social entrepreneurs?

Our favourite quote from Imad:

“Never sit still. Fight for your idea in the ‘Swedish’ way, which is don’t shout, but explain and explain and explain!”

About The Stockholmer

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