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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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Digital expert Chris Bryce on blending technology with creativity

By: Daniel Besant - Posted on: June 22, 2016 | Business

With a long career in digital analytics, Chris Bryce is senior consultant with e-commerce leader Razorfish Commerce and CEO at Dotfusion Digital Agency, operating in Canada, the US and now Cambodia. He is set to be one of the key speakers at next month’s inaugural Inspire Asean business forum in Phnom Penh

For the uninitiated, how would you describe yourself and what you do?
I am a generally curious person. I moved all over the place when I was young so I have adopted a lifestyle that allows me to work, explore and travel. My personal passions are mostly related to mountain biking and music and for my work I like to work with companies to figure out how technology can help them grow, change and progress.

Chris Bryce
Chris Bryce

Can you tell us about what attracted you to work in Cambodia and the nature of your work here
Without question what attracts me to Cambodia is the really wonderful and inspiring Khmer people I have met. I am also aware of the less than ideal history and lack of government support local people have for opportunities to progress. I would like to be useful and help make a difference.

So far I have just been observing and learning about the culture and language by helping out, volunteering and consulting. In July we are opening the doors to Dotfusion Cambodia which will evolve to be a Digital Experience shop, blending technology with creativity. Our first goal is to surface and train local talent and to support an Creative Lab for audio and graphic production.

What are the three most important things businesses need to consider before embarking on improving their company’s digital experience?
Firstly, you need to know now exactly who your customers are. Are they new, existing or high value? What do they think? How do they feel? How are they changing? Secondly, find out why, exactly, are they investing in an experience? Does anyone care and why? What is the emotional impact? What is the value? This boils down to measurable goals and KPIs? Lastly, people, policy and procedure. Who will execute the experience and how will they do it? And by what process can you ensure delivery excellence?

Can you tell us a bit about what you will be speaking about at Inspire Asean?
For this conference I thought it would be cool to share insights into how to get more out of the free Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager tools, especially with all the exciting tech start-up activity going on in Southeast Asia. From my limited research, the measurement or analytics practices are still fairly immature. The take away should be some really actionable and immediate best practices that the attendees can execute right away.

You come across as a pretty informal guy with a deep knowledge of your area of expertise. Have you found the need to ‘get the suit and tie on’ when dealing with businesses in Cambodia?
I figure that since I haven’t worn a tie in ages in North America, why start now. Unless I was disrespecting the local culture, I think it’s always best to just be myself. Oh, and it’s a bit more hot in Cambodia than I am used to so a bit less is best. I spend a lot of time in tech hotbeds like San Francisco, New York and Toronto and the emphasis is on the quality of the ideas and character of the people rather than how they look.

You work with companies big and small. In your experience, what can large and small companies learn from each other?
Large companies can learn to move more quickly. Keep moving, iterate, revise, update etcetera. I prefer small companies for that reason. Smaller companies can definitely learn a bit more process, methodology and organisation. There is a great balance in there somewhere.

Who are the people who you most respect working in the tech sector and what is it you respect about them?
The folks I respect most are those that commit to an idea and put action against it. Most really excellent ideas come as part of a previous idea taking a new direction. If that process never starts, not much happens. I also really respect folks that listen and wonder about things from their own perspective. There is a lot of sharing of other people’s content out there and I think it’s cool to come up with your own ideas.

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