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 festive run: Runatolia 2017

This has been a busy time, so hectic I didn’t have a chance to sit down and write until Sunday, and that was while jet-lagged. I’d like to share my memories of the Runatolia run held in Antalya two weeks ago. We, the Tider team, joined the colorful event this year to help fund the new Support Market being opened in Bağcılar and in memory of our good friend, Murat Bakan. 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...

Singapore: a city-state ideal for business

Before traveling to Singapore, I couldn’t really picture the kind of place that awaited me. I’d heard a lot of stories about the country, some good, some bad. Heading there on business after a great vacation in Thailand, I had a raft of questions running through my mind. And I was to find a raft of favorable answers, particularly in terms of business environment and culture. 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...

On living

I spent New Year’s Eve in Phuket, Thailand, where I attended a “White Night” party. As we were having a pre-party dressed in all white, the conversation turned to cultural differences. I was astonished when my friends acquainted with Far Eastern culture pointed out that the color white, which represents purity and beauty in Western culture, symbolizes death in the Far East and is the color worn at funerals. When I was asked about the place the color white holds in Turkish culture, I said that it was the same as in the West, and a color I would never associate with death. In Turkey, too, mourners wear black or dark colors. 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...

Creation vs Destruction: The Battle for a Better World

The recent terrorist attack outside a football stadium in Istanbul once again highlighted the horrific contrast between two very different groups: the people working with all their might to hand on a more livable world to future generations, which was the original subject of this post, and the monsters who mercilessly plan massacres to further their dark interests. We will never allow the second group to win this battle.  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://www.serhansuzer.com/tr/ufuk-acan-bir-deneyim-mcgill-yillarim). 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...

Will the Aegean be able to chart a new course?

It has been an intense news cycle. Before the attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport and the attempted coup, people were making frequent comparisons between the attractions of the Greek Islands and of Çeşme/Bodrum, in Turkey. The Aegean region hit the news again when the hotel the President was holidaying at was raided and some of the soldiers responsible fled to Greece. “Will they be extradited, or not?” was the question everyone was asking. This week I’d like to share some of my observations and experiences concerning the paradisiacal Aegean region and neighboring Greece. 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...

What the Germanwings Disaster Taught Us

It is often said that arbitrary rules are there to be broken. However, some rules have been refined over the years for a reason, and following them can mean the difference between life and death. The failure to do so makes disasters like the one outlined in this article unavoidable.  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...

Unfortunately We Lost Ülkü Çukurluoğlu Adatepe, Atatürk’s Adopted Child

I have very distinct memories about Ms. Ülkü in my mind. First of all, I’m very sorry to lose someone I love and respect. Life is like this.​ read more...

Life is Actually a Relay Race

The balance of nature requires this. All people are born; they live their infancy, childhood and youth, and after coming to middle age, they get older and pass away.​ read more...

Somehow, We Can’t Succeed In Communication!

At the end of a rather busy week, I was cleaning my mailbox and arranging my weekly schedule as a routine Sunday work in the hotel room I was staying in America. In the meantime, I was watching the interviews at the 84th Oscar Academy Awards Ceremony, which was about to begin. Right at that moment, an e-mail caught my eye.​ read more...