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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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To infinity and beyond / Thai startup plans to jet tourists into space

By: Janelle Retka - Posted on: December 13, 2018 | Business

Last December, Thailand-based communications technology company mu Space was the country’s first startup to land a satellite operator license. A year on, its founder and CEO, James Yenbamroong, shares his imminent plans to launch into space

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The founder and CEO of mu Space hope to attracts Southeast Asian space tourists with his bold new venture

Tell us about mu Space’s goal to eventually provide a space tourism service…
Travelling to space is one of our greatest dreams in life. Most of the time, however, it’s exclusive to astronauts. It was not until recently when private individuals, mostly from the US, were able to fly to space… The service that mu Space is going to offer will have a similar concept with what US-based companies like Virgin Galactic and Space X are planning to provide. In the early stage of the service, we plan to send individuals to space and, after a few minutes, they’ll return back to Earth… What makes mu Space unique is our target customers: private citizens from Southeast Asia. We want to be the first in the region to offer space tourism.

What does space tourism mean for Southeast Asian tourism?
We have our head office in Thailand, which is just perfect for this company because the country is a famous tourism destination worldwide. But, I think space tourism will not really affect the tourism in Southeast Asia, which caters more to the masses. Space tourism is expensive. Currently, only those who have the money and the passion to explore space can afford it. But in the future, we hope the service will be available to more people as reusable rockets become more common and will help lower the cost of flying to space.

You recently unveiled your own “futuristic and sleek” spacesuit. How does this item help get your company closer to your planned 2021 commercial space launch?
Travelling to space can be dangerous. In space, the temperature can be freezing cold and there is a risk of exposure to radiation. Therefore, before sending space tourists, we have to develop a spacesuit that can ensure their safety up there. The spacesuit will be initially worn by our space tourism clients, but we’re also thinking to make the spacesuit more advanced so future astronauts can use it. For this version of the spacesuit, we’re going to include features like a helmet visor with a head-up display, a touch-screen wrist display and an embedded exoskeleton for better mobility in space.

In the meantime, tell us about your plans to help develop Internet of Things (IoT) technology in Thailand…
We’re planning to develop a smart apparel that can collect health data. We envision the apparel [gathering] vital health information of a person, like a body’s temperature, oxygen level, pulse rate and blood pressure, and have the data shared online with people, systems and apps. Imagine a world in which the thing that you’re wearing tells you about your health, shares your information via the web to a health professional without going to a hospital and then has your diagnosis report ready in a few minutes. For the smart apparel, we’ll carry out research and tests at the IoT Institute, which the Thai government has set up. The institute will be completed in 2020.

This article was published in the December 2018 edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.