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.

If you’re interested in joining us, sign up to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter. And watch this space.

Ahead of the curve

Posted on: October 18, 2017 | Vietnam

Sponsored: International School Ho Chi Minh City is helping its students to think for themselves

ISHCMC equips students with the skills they need not only to flourish at university and beyond, but to leave school as well-rounded members of the rapidly changing world

Instilling in children a lifelong desire for learning has always been admirable. But now, it is also essential. The rise of the ‘gig economy’, in which an increasing number of people are employed as independent contractors rather than permanent staff members, and the ever-expanding capabilities of artificial intelligence mean that students today will likely be forced to work in a range of jobs spanning multiple industries throughout their lifetime.

The International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) understands that its role in ensuring students thrive in this future is twofold: they must inspire students to learn limitlessly and equip them with the necessary skills to do so. Consequently, the idea that students should be taught how to think, not what to think, is the foundation of ISHCMC’s teaching philosophy and is found at the heart of the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

During early years’ education, students are encouraged to learn through play in a ‘makerspace’ decked out with movable furniture in order to lay the foundation for an inquiry-based education that awards primacy to essential cognitive skills such as creativity and critical thinking.

In primary school, learning is connected across disciplines and to real-world situations, encouraging students both to use the full extent of their knowledge to solve problems and to develop an awareness of the world around them. This awareness is further developed in the secondary school programme, which prepares students for university by offering a broad and balanced education, whilst simultaneously explaining to students the reasoning behind such an approach.

From their primary years onwards, students also work closely with a Technology Specialist and have access to a Mac lab and green screen for video production. A new innovation centre that connects students with the nation’s business community and collaborative learning areas with integrated technology at the school’s state-of-the-art, purpose-built secondary campus further strengthen the school’s commitment to ensuring its students develop the cognitive skills required for them to enjoy successful 21st century careers.

ISHCMC understands, however, that for a student to learn effectively, they must first feel comfortable in themselves and the environments in which they learn. The school has, therefore, installed air purification systems in many of its classrooms, with plans to install such systems throughout the whole school, and had its canteen menu re-designed by a chef who has trained and worked in Michelin-starred restaurants. What’s more, every day, students engage in ten minutes of mindfulness training, which involves practices such as meditation and mindful drawing. Studies have shown that these activities boost mental performance and clarity and improve a child’s overall happiness, standing them in good stead to deal with the stress of important exams and assignments in later life.

By embracing innovation, ISHCMC has been able to consistently produce IB diploma results that exceed the world average. It is this attitude of constant self-reflection and improvement that will ensure the school’s students continue to be successful in the years ahead. For when the world changes, education must change with it – and no school understands this more than ISHCMC.