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Amir Ahmad Nasr

Amir Ahmad Nasr

Social Entrepreneur, Marketing Strategist, Storyteller, Cultural Commentator

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Florida


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BIO

Described by The Economist as “puckish” and by WIRED as a “formidable speaker,” Amir Ahmad Nasr is a sought-after cultural commentator, activist, and marketing strategist who regularly sheds light on one of the most important emerging trends of our time: how the Internet-driven Millennial revolution is redefining business, culture, and politics.

 

Known as the snarky voice behind the acclaimed sociopolitical blog The Sudanese Thinker—which he wrote anonymously until the revelation of his identity five years later during the Arab Uprisings of 2011—Amir Ahmad Nasr has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureates, former presidents, and fellow social entrepreneurs, and has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Economist, among many others.

 

He is the author of the inspirational book My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind–and Doubt Freed My Soul, selected as one of Foreign Policy’s top 25 books to read in 2013. My Isl@am has been described by prominent media professor Clay Shirky as “a love letter to freedom of speech,” and by graphic novelist G. Willow Wilson as a book that “sheds light on a generation of revolutionary life-hackers poised to change the global conversation about religion and politics.”

 

Nasr is a member of the invite-only US-based Young Entrepreneurs Council, and the (co)-founder and CEO of two start-ups in the field of personal development, on a mission to help instigate self-empowerment among his fellow Millennials through the power of online education, and entrepreneurship as a vehicle for change. From his previous underground digital activism to his wide-ranging work with innovative companies in the digital domain, Amir brings a unique integrated and enlightening perspective, and delivers it with engaging humor.

 

His incisive input and digital media marketing strategies have helped his clients gain more clarity, generate more revenue, and create bigger impact. Dr. Mark Goulston, a renowned psychotherapist and Fortune 500 executive coach, describes Amir as “one of the smartest and most trustworthy and finest human beings I have ever met,” and Michael Margolis, CEO of Get Storied, regards him as “a rare breed, a marketing shaman for big ideas and important missions . . . . [W]e generated deep results that far exceeded expectations.”


Watch Nasr’s opening panel speech at Oslo Freedom Forum 2012
Watch Nasr’s presentation “How to find your passion” at IncitementWatch Nasr’s presentation “How to find your passion” at Incitement
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BOOKS

Hardcover
My Isl@m
How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind - And Doubt Freed My Soul
St. Martin's Press

Part memoir, part passionate call for liberty, reason and doing work that matters, My Isl@m tells the tale of how the internet opened the eyes and heart of a once fearful young Muslim to a world beyond the dogmatism of his upbringing, and recounts his transformation into a defiant digital activist.

SPEECHES

The Millennial Uprising: How Tech-Savvy Millennials are Redefining Business, Culture, Religion and Politics Amir’s integrated and enlightening perspective on how you can prepare to effectively ride this important rising wave.

Marketing to Millennials: It’s Easier than You Think Amir’s presentation to companies and organizations who are genuinely ready to do what’s necessary to better appeal to Millennials and boost their revenues.

Hiring and Retaining Smart Millennials: How to Really Do it for Cheap Amir’s presentation to companies and organizations struggling to attract, hire and retain smart Millennials—on how to create a workplace that attracts the best of the best.

Reclaiming the Promise of the “Arab Spring”: Why the War for Liberty is Far from Over Amir’s presentation on the digital prelude to the “Arab Spring,” why the uprising went wrong, and how we can reclaim its promise of liberty.

On Doing Work that Matters: How to Use Storytelling to Awaken to Your Life Purpose and Get Paid to Change the World Amir’s presentation designed for high schools, colleges, and universities, as well as employees of mission-driven organizations.


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RECENT VIDEOS

  • Amir Ahmad Nasr at Oslo Freedom Forum 2011

  • Amir Ahmad Nasr on Identity, Religion, and the Digital Age

REVIEWS

Praise for My Isl@m "My Isl@m displays the charm of a good blog: irreverent, nonchalant, open to fresh ideas, generous to other writers, ostentatiously unpretentious and secretly grandiose. Mr. Nasr appears to be convinced that his own intellectual trajectory from medieval-style Quran-memorizing to thoughtful dude, digitally loquacious,reflects a deep trend in world history, with the Internet as prime mover. He never openly states this conviction. And yet it animates the book, and the possibility that he may be right imparts to his pages an electric glow, as if from an LCD screen."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Structured wittily around a love affair with Islam, Nasr’s account is straightforward, fluent and full of lively allusions for further readings. A candid, cosmopolitan look at the experience of Islam in the digital age."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Nasr seamlessly blends memoir with political thought and activism. The book smoothly follows his journey out of a simplistic understanding of Islam, through rationalism and semi-atheism, towards a conversion to Sufism. Personal history—particularly his expatriate childhood—is the book's strongest aspect, delivered in Nasr's casual, conversational tone. Nasr's insight into the world of young Arab bloggers, including many of the activists behind the Arab Spring, makes this a valuable and enjoyable read."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)    

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