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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.

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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.

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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.

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Experience Smart Change / Meet the company bringing management retreat tourism to Cambodia

Posted on: May 2, 2018 | Special Reports

Experience Smart Change is one of Cambodia’s first meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) companies. Co-founder Wolfgang Weiss shares the company’s ethos and his thoughts on the sector’s growth potential

Experience Smart Change co-founder Wolfgang Weiss

Tell us about Experience Smart Change…
[We have been here] for a little bit more than one year now. My wife and I were living in Shanghai, China, for the past ten years building up a production facility in the automotive industry, and we decided… we had to do something different. We founded our own company here called Experience Smart Change and our core idea is to bring companies and management teams… to Cambodia and to organise for them management retreats, running workshops, seminars and company outings. [Our target market is] general managers and HR [human resource] managers, especially from Western companies in China, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Why did you choose to set up in Cambodia?
Because it’s still a pretty underdeveloped country with nice people and great places, especially in Siem Reap… We had a feeling whenever we talked to authorities here that we are welcome as Westerners. Also, Siem Reap is attractive for sure in terms of the [Angkor] temples. Many of our clients, especially from China, they love to see the temples, no doubt.

Tell us about the Mice packages your company offers…
We have three- or four-day events here that are typical for companies. They want to spend a holiday beginning Friday, so they typically fly in on a Thursday night and they fly out on a Sunday. A typical package looks like this: the first day is a team-building event with a social aspect. So we try to include here, for example, schools or building water wells… It’s a nice team-building experience. The second day, typically we have a management retreat. I can moderate workshops of different kinds. Last time, my wife held a workshop about communication between Chinese and European companies [to address] the cultural background challenges. So the second day is really depending on customer needs. The third day is spent either on a temple tour or a Tonle Sap lake tour. So this is the tourism part – the tourism and fun part.

Where is there room for growth in the Mice industry in Cambodia?
[There is room on] two sides. The first is with the Ministry of Tourism. They have to do something on a broad scale internationally to advertise not only the temples but to also advertise the potential for big events here for conferences… There are some in Phnom Penh ongoing and, I think, one or two in Siem Reap, but that’s it and they are not very international… The other thing is, I see a lack of knowledge of what is expected by companies if they come to Cambodia – what they want to see when they organise a retreat. The hotel managers, they cannot do that. There is tourism and hospitality but they cannot deliver the content that companies need – running a workshop, for example, or a seminar… This knowledge is not here, or at least not very well developed… There is huge potential that could be developed if it’s done in a professional way [and]… the benefits are huge for the locals: tuk tuk drivers, restaurants and whatever else.

This article was first published in Globe Media Asia’s Focus Cambodia 2018 magazine