Hayvanları ve tüm canlıları sevmek

Geçtiğimiz hafta hep birlikte kutladığımız 4 Ekim Dünya Hayvanları Koruma Günü’nün ardından gerek kişisel olarak gerekse iş hayatımda içtenlikle benimsediğim çevreci yaklaşımın gerçek anlamı ve yeşili korumanın yanı sıra hayvanları ve tüm canlıları sevmenin önemi hakkındaki düşüncelerimi sizlerle paylaşmak istedim.   read more...

The most important building block of development: Volunteering

The main idea for this week’s article, as emphasized in the heading, the most important building block of a developed society rests against “volunteering”. For the sake of being clearer, based on the Turkish Language, building block means “the actual stone which holds the weight of a building”, but in volunteering terms it means “doing something without having any liability or obligation to do so”. read more...

The tale of my blog

For many years I had the idea of starting up a blog to write about my feelings and thoughts, and to share my knowledge and information. I carried out this dream towards the end of 2011. I actually had everything ready in mind, but it actually came to life after a tragic incident that happened. read more...

Frequently Asked Questions 6

Whether it be from my close friends or network, or whether it be from those who don't know me personally but actually follow me, I am answering their questions which I started doing 2.5 years ago. Due to my constant updates regarding activities or the ever-changing agenda, I need to answer questions that have arisen during this time. Here are the answers to questions which have been recently asked… read more...

Costa Rica and the irresistible existence of poeticness

I had written many articles about being the Honorary Consul of Costa Rica. Words cannot describe the amazing flavours and depths of the Pura Vida philosophy that belong to this special country, so this time I will write my piece with a poetical approach and with the use of song lyrics too. But firstly, I’d like to outline the 5 factors that keep me in the role that I have lead as the honorary consul for over 10 years. read more...

The TIDER effect continues in the month of Ramadan…

We had displayed our waste prevention vision and signed onto some very important projects last month in Bozcaada. In this article, I will speak of the campaign TIDER have started with the coming of the month of Ramadan. read more...

Hungry for success, “Galatasaray are the Champions” with the Fatih Terim effect

Yet another season has been left behind in the 2017-2018 Turkish Football Super league. What a season it was though. With constant dramas being witnessed in this years league, I can say that from my perspective it came to a happy ending with my team being the winners. However, there is so much more left to say... read more...

Artificial Intelligence will determine the future of humans, as humans will for artificial intelligence

Lately everyone’s talking about artificial intelligence… While some stress that artificial intelligence will make life easier for us in the future, others believe it will end the continuity of mankind due to the competence these computers and robots have to learn things by themselves. In this week’s article, I want to share with you my thoughts about artificial intelligence and about a very inspirational campaign regarding happiness. read more...

Questions to ask about Nuclear Power Plants

In the past week, there was an opening of a Nuclear Power Plant in Mersin Akkuyu. Indicating that it would cover up to 10% of Turkey’s electricity supply, we heard many positive things being declared about this power plant. Being a professional in the energy sector and running these kinds of facilities for a long time and as well as a typical patriot, I’d like to share with you some questions that this topic raises for me. read more...

Basic Needs Association - Understanding TIDER...

For a very long time, I didn’t have a chance to write, due to my work commitments. In this piece, I will break my writing fast and delight you all with my return. In this piece, I wanted to write about something very dear to my heart which is TIDER (Basic Needs Association) in which I am the founding director. I will be talking about TIDER from a main vision perspective. In order to understand what we are working on and trying to reach, it’s important to see it from a bigger picture… read more...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 1

1. What are your intentions behind writing a blog about everyday matters? I have four reasons for writing this blog. Firstly, I want to share my experiences that I have accumulated with as many people as I can to keep them in touch and informed. Whether it be in my work or private life, also as I deal with matters in the civil arena, I travel a lot, speak with a lot of people and I learn new things. As I have a curious nature, I always try to develop myself. For this reason, I have gathered a lot about some serious matters. read more...

Social Entrepreneurship and the violation of red tape

In this piece, I have taken some material from another source which also states that ‘social entrepreneurship’ is actually a beneficial concept for society. However, in our country, as there are many discrepancies of many topics, the applications of social entrepreneurship can sometimes be implemented by some people or firms to unfortunately bring damage than benefit to a social system. read more...

Sweeping down the front of our own doors

It’s impossible for just one person to solve many chronic issues that have arisen in our beautiful country. But if people were to look after their own households, and tidied up their own front doors, as a majority, some things may change. This piece is about some issues in my general work environment and how I will deal with them. But firstly, let’s start from matters outside our workplace. read more...

A view of the motherlands DNA from military service (3)

Upon a recall, I started to write about my military service memories in a series; firstly about the military training period, secondly about the transition to ‘mastery’ and stories from the dorm. In the final piece of this series, I write about some moments and beyond the determination, I have some recommendations I’d like to share about the system. read more...

Tips and advice for Arda Turan!

Though Arda Turan is one of the most valued Turkish produced football players in Turkey, he is currently going through a critical period from both the people who love and support him and from those who see him as a role model. As a brother who is 10 years older than him, with much more experience, I am this week writing this open letter, which will be delivered to him through a mutual friends of ours.   read more...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 4

The first two ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, which I published last year have recently had a new set of questions answered, which I added to the series just last month. This week, I have began the fourth in the series, answering questions like which team I support, my thoughts on world leaders, renewable energy entrepreneurship to food banking questions, which I have again answered below.  read more...

Turkish football’s unchanging complex

First, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Fenerbahçe’s basketball team for winning the Euroleague championship. What a great success for Turkish sport. I wanted to write this post on the evening of the championship because it is about the sport community in Turkey. We need to properly analyze Fenerbahçe’s win, the achievement of its incredible coach, Obradovic. Since 2013, he has worked with the right people to constantly improve the team on its path to the championship. His success in creating an oasis in the middle of the desert should not be viewed as our success. What I want to write about today is the desert we have created. read more...

A Tale of the Far East: Thailand - Phuket

I was finally able to tour the Far East on a New Year’s holiday after years of regretting having travelled only as far east as India. I had an unforgettable time on the island of Phuket and in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, returning home with memories of the sea, ‘mysterious’ sand creatures, amazing cuisine and breathtaking scenery. In this post, I’ll write about my experiences in Phuket. read more...

A Tale of the Far East: Thailand - Bangkok

As you know, I spent some time over the New Year in the Far East, visiting Phuket, Bangkok and Singapore. And in my first blog about the trip last week, I shared my impressions of Phuket. This week I plan to write about the Thai capital, Bangkok, the second leg of my travels. read more...

New targets and hopes for a New Year…

We have recently left behind an eventful year marked by much sadness for our society, but a year in which we have also enjoyed some great successes as we forged ahead despite the uncertain business climate.  In this, the last post of 2016, I would like to evaluate our achievements over the past year and list our targets for 2017. read more...

Thoughts on proposed abuse legislation

A recently proposed piece of legislation that quickly became abbreviated to the “sex abuse bill” sparked nationwide controversy when it was put forward a few weeks ago. For many of us, the motion must have reawakened the memory of traumatic events suffered either by ourselves or by people close to us. Later news that the bill had been withdrawn and would be submitted to a parliamentary committee for review brought at least some relief. Even so, I think there is benefit in sharing some of my thoughts and memories on this highly sensitive issue.   read more...

#IKnowForSure more and more of us can change things!

“What matters is for people to be able to stand on their own two feet.” This is the motto for TİDER, aka the Basic Needs Association. We originally set up TİDER in 2010 as the Food Banking Association, but renamed and restructured the association in 2014 when it became what is it today. For everyone who operates on behalf of TİDER the motto is consciously or unconsciously a guiding principle. Even the TİDER logo symbolizes the motto. read more...

Gender equality in word and in deed

Years ago, a friend pointed out the difference between two Turkish words for “woman”: bayan and kadın.  While I feel it’s not entirely helpful to get hung up on terminology, I do know that women still have a long way to go in achieving full equality, from sports and business to family life. This week I’d like to share with you my take on “women’s equality,” including some of my personal experiences and the concrete steps I have taken to contribute to the cause. read more...

Famous McGill alumni and notes on “the underground”

I wrote last week about how I was accepted at McGill University and the major impact my experiences there have had on the rest of my life (http://serhansuzer.com/en/broadening-my-horizons-at-mcgill- ) This week I’d like to share a more detailed account of Montreal and its social life – much of which takes place underground – as well as a brief list of alumni from my university who have made their mark in the world. read more...

Broadening my horizons at McGill

Last week I attended an event in Istanbul organized by my alma mater, McGill University. I found myself journeying down memory lane as so many meaningful memories from that important time in my life were rekindled.  This week I wanted to share with you some of my experiences while at university, the place those years hold in my life and the effect they have on me still. read more...

A Nightmare: The Coup Attempt on July 15th

I don’t feel like writing anything this week, but I’m pushing myself to provide a quick summary of my thoughts concerning what we went through on July 15th. read more...

“Ego” will the end of us!

Our country’s unsuccessful run in the 2016 European Football Championship has caused me once again to think about the underlying ego issues behind this poor performance. I’ve always observed that from football to academia, and from the business world to daily life, displays of an inflated ego are at odds with true strength. In this week’s piece, I present situations I have experienced to prove my point. read more...

What I learned from a defiant legend

The moment I learned last week of the death of Muhammed Ali, I started to remember all of the things that had drawn me to the legendary boxer over the years: his sportsmanship, which made a lasting mark on the history of boxing and of mankind, his activism and his immortal sayings. read more...

Few know the true meaning of the word “loyalty”

In Turkish, there is a sarcastic expression used in reference to the disloyal: “For most people, Vefa is just the name of a neighborhood.” This expression plays on the word “vefa,” which means “loyal” and “true,” but also happens to be the name of an Istanbul neighborhood. The targets of this expression care about nobody but themselves and are selfish. There are many people, of course, who lead lives of constancy and loyalty. They find ways to show their appreciation to those who have valued them, helped them to feel better and provided them with some form of support. read more...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 2

In my previous piece, I said I would answer the ‘frequently asked questions’ as they arise. When I received a number of important questions, I decided to keep this series going. In the next week though, I will share my article about Costa Rica. Now, I will answer some new questions continuing from the 10 I already answered last week. read more...

“EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION”: IT MATTERS MOST…

In my previous post, I wrote that only education can solve the problems currently plaguing Turkish sports, pointing out that we need to take a more serious approach not only to the education of our youth but to their parents and educators, and adding that I was striving to do everything in my power in this regard. read more...

Why has Turkey been unable to prevent violence against women?

When I last checked I saw it had been five months since my last blog post. So much has been happening I have been unable to find time to write. A recent tragedy, however, really shook me up and compelled me to write again.​ read more...

“Pura Vida,” or Endowing Life with Meaning

Dear Friends,The launch of the web site you are now reading represents the realization of a dream many years in the making. We’ve created this site for three main reasons:  To allow me the opportunity to express myself directly to you, to share with you my knowledge and experiences, and to contribute to the dissemination of a “positive culture.” read more...

Today Is My Birthday, Age 35, I Don’t Know Where I’m Down The Road

In the last couple of days, I’m jokingly telling my friends: “We’ve come halfway down the road.” There’s a famous poem that everyone in Turkey knows, called “Age 35.”​ read more...