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Dr. Ben Jawdat, Founder and CEO at Revterra, presenting on the topic “Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret,” at TEDxSugarLand.

On 26 October 2019, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Houston hosted TEDxSugarLand for the fourth consecutive year. In keeping with the general theme of celebrations across the greater Houston area this year, marking the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, the theme of TEDxSugarLand 2019 was One Small Idea, One Giant Leap for Mankind.

Ismaili Council Leadership meeting with the Keynote Speaker Mayor Sylvester Turner. From left to right: President Al-Karim Alidina, Aga Khan Council for USA; Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Vice President Celina Shariff, Aga Khan Council for USA; President Murad Ajani, Aga Khan Council SW USA.

An Eid Luncheon held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land, Texas began with a video highlighting the work of landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz at the Aga Khan Garden in Alberta, Canada. This firm has also been commissioned to design the landscape at the new Ismaili Center Houston.

Aga Khan Master Musicians, Homayoun Sakhi, Abbos Kosimov, and special guest, Nitin Mitta, performing at the concert.

A concert titled, The Art of the Afghan Rubab, took place in partnership with the Asia Society Texas Center, the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Ismaili Council for the United States. The concert was held on October 11, and featured the Aga Khan Master Musicians, who create music inspired by their own deep roots in the cultures of the Middle East and Mediterranean Basin, South Asia, Central Asia, and China.

Mediation provides an ideal environment for an honest dialogue that can lead to apology and forgiveness.

Mediation Week is recognised in countries around the world every October to highlight the value of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a constructive and cost-effective alternative to litigation. This year, the Ismaili International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (ICAB) have prepared a series of six videos that provide information about mediation and the CAB system, as well as other areas of mediation and conflict management. 

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