It's been a real ride. Before the groups could even begin to make headway on any form of ICT project, they really had to build some understanding of one another. With such fundamental differences between participants from NENA (Near East North Africa) countries and the UK, it was essential.
With an aim of sustaining and building a network to break down negative stereotypes between Arab and UK cultures, the event posed an enormous challenge in itself.
The event was worth holding, if simply to solidify existing relationships. However, those present didn't need convincing. With Arab / Western relations appearing to deteriorate further every day, how do societies work towards greater cultural understanding? My guess is that any step in the right direction has to involve direct interaction, one on one. This could be achieved through both face to face talking and social internet technologies. Maybe we (global citizens) need to learn to laugh more about our problems? People say humour isn't always cross cultural, I think it is, and is one of the great levellers!