The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

  • More thought-provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member-supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists

To understand more about why you are so important to our member-supported initiative, we encourage you to read the following from our managing editor ~ Read more

The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Say No to Plastic / Babel Guesthouse focuses on responsible tourism

Posted on: May 3, 2019 | Cambodia

Every month, Southeast Asia Globe features stories from organisations around the region taking action to reduce plastic use. This month, we highlight Babel Guesthouse

Babel garden

Babel Guesthouse is situated in one of the most relaxing areas of Siem Reap. With 22 newly redecorated rooms we offer our guests a peaceful atmosphere in our tropical garden with a charming bamboo restaurant.

Operating for more than ten years, Babel Guesthouse is run with an active focus on Responsible Tourism. We constantly seek to provide benefits from the tourism industry to the local community in Siem Reap. We only hire local staff and drivers. They all receive plenty of training, English classes two times a week and they are all offered the opportunity to be sponsored with higher education. They have good working conditions, health insurance, fair salaries and flexible working hours to enable them to continue their education. We support good projects in town that actively focus on Responsible Tourism. In our Tour book for all our rooms, we recommend not only tours to the temples, but also visits to other wonderful projects that create jobs and a good future for Cambodian people.

Eco-friendly initiatives

We are an Eco-friendly guesthouse, doing our best to cause as little damage as possible to the area in which we operate. We have several initiatives to reduce our impact, like using Bamboo straws, providing free water refill, using biodegradable garbage bags, take away boxes and cutlery. We recycle all our soft plastic to HUSK Cambodia and the plastic bags from guests to Rehash trash. We donate our used cooking oil to Naga Earth, who produce Eco-friendly bio diesel from it – that we buy back and use for our generator. Every year staff and Tuk Tuk drivers at Babel do several garbage-picking events together with big and small groups from all over the world.

Travel items to reduce plastic

Babel Eco-shop and Refill Station
Babel Guesthouse have now brought the sustainable approach one step further – and started Cambodia´s first Bulk store – “Babel Eco-shop and Refill Station”. Our customers can bring their own bottles to fill up with necessities like shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion, laundry detergent, dish soap, mosquito repellent and so on, instead of buying each product in new bottles every time, which creates more plastic trash.

Babel Refill Station

We will also have alternatives to plastics, such as Bamboo toothbrushes, Bamboo straws, Aluminum water bottles, Tote bags, Cutlery travel set, Coconut bowl for street-food, Shampoo Bars, Charcoal to replace toothpaste, Natural Alum stone to replace deodorant – to mention a few.

Most of the stuff in our shop is locally made in Cambodia. Our main partners are Naga Earth, Kambio Nature, Dai Khmer, Friends International, Only One Planet Cambodia, Rehash Trash and Plasticfree Cambodia. We also work with Superbee from Chaiang Mai in our neighbor country Thailand. And we totally have to mention Better Moon Refill Station – our big source of inspiration in Bangkok.

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact:

Email: babelsiemreap@gmail.com | Website: www.babelsiemreap.com


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