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
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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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Bright young minds celebrated at Cambodian entrepreneur awards

By: Madeleine Keck - Posted on: August 11, 2017 | Business

The Cambodian Young Entrepreneur Awards recognised five young movers and shakers who have been particularly impressive in pursuing their personal passions

One of the winners at the Cambodian Young Entrepreneur Awards collects her prize earlier this month.
One of the winners at the Cambodian Young Entrepreneur Awards collects her prize earlier this month.

An emerging generation of Cambodians are entering the private sector starting to make their mark on Cambodia, a country that has undergone vast changes in their lifetime. They are not only boosting the quality of the country’s workforce, they are starting their own businesses and competing with companies from around the world.

The Cambodian Young Entrepreneur Awards are held by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) and the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cambodia (YEAC) to acknowledge young Cambodians with skills, passion, commitment and new ideas, giving them a stage to showcase and celebrate their achievements.

This year’s awards, held last weekend, recognised five entrepreneurs in industries stretching from banking and technology to dentistry. Here is a list of the winners.

Outstanding entrepreneur award

Roomchang Dental Hospital

Social entrepreneur award

Teuk Saat 1001

Women entrepreneur award

Amru Rice

Information technology entrepreneur award

Moraket Software

Start-up entrepreneur award

DoyDoy Building Game

Speaking at the awards event, Tekreth Kamrang, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Commerce, said entrepreneurs had a major role to play in developing the country, as well as representing Cambodia to the world.

“The success of young entrepreneurs is the success of our country,” she said.

Em Chanrithykol, the winner of the startup award for DoyDoy, a building block toy that is said to improve STEM skills, creativity and brain development in children, said the motivation for the company was to offer an affordable building toy and accompanying learning opportunities for all children.   

“I got this idea because I have been volunteering with international and local NGOs by going to different provinces to help vulnerable kids on their education, and I saw that there was no sufficient education material,” he said in a video about the project.

Khoun Sophorth, CEO and co-founder of Moraket software company, the winner of the Technology Award, told the Khmer Times how he was motivated by seeing that most of the software being used in Cambodia coming from outside the country.

“In 2015, I noticed that our country was importing a lot of software from abroad. It was expensive, costing millions of dollars, and at that time we lacked that kind of software at my company. I figured that Cambodians can do that kind of thing, and we created our own software,” he said.

Bunlene Khim, co-chair of the award ceremony, said the award ceremony was meant to help foster an ecosystem for entrepreneurs that would continue to develop long after the trophies were handed out.

“To me, CYEA is more than just an entrepreneur contest, but a platform connecting Cambodia’s brave, remarkable, and inspired entrepreneurs to empower the entrepreneurial spirit and community in Cambodia,” he said.