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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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A business insider’s guide to cracking conferences

By: David Hutt - Posted on: July 19, 2016 | Business

Tyron McGurgan, CEO of events company Media Corp International, reveals the secret of reaching decision-makers and supplying a “bullseye hit” for delegates

After the speaker wraps up his closing statements, the attendees of the CXO Leaders Summit file out into the lobby of Singapore’s Ritz-Carlton and straight into an adjoining room. For the next 30 minutes they will engage in prearranged one-on-one meetings with each other – a corporate take on speed dating.

“Even when you’re talking about companies like IBM and HP, the problem they still have is reaching the decision-makers,” says Tyron McGurgan, CEO of Media Corp International, the event organisers behind this business conference. “Most event companies build databases and then ping out emails to invite everyone and anyone. They’re trying to get numbers on seats, but what we focus on is quality and making sure the individuals attending are able to meet the key decision-makers.”

Indeed, over the course of two days, the summit’s delegates had three-and-a-half hours, aside from networking breaks, to spend in these one-on-one meetings, which, according to McGurgan, is a chief reason why the events his company organises are so successful. Before each conference, attendees can select who they want to meet, and the staff at Media Corp International will pair up delegates for the closest match. A great deal of time is spent beforehand making sure attendees are what McGurgan enjoys calling “decision-makers” – those from respected companies, who have some control of their firm’s budgets and are in “the right purchasing frame of mind”.

“One of the key things is that people are in the right frame of mind,” he reiterates. “They’ve got two days set aside to really listen and look at new innovations to help their businesses and, ultimately, what we’re doing for our clients is huge, because they can actually do business at our events.” Or, as he rephrases it, every one-on-one meeting allows the delegates to have a “bullseye hit” of what they’re trying to achieve: networking, learning from others and, essentially, sales.

Media Corp International was founded four years ago by McGurgan after he left a job running a UK-based events company to tap Southeast Asia’s “huge niche market” for business conferences. “Asia was where the money was, and I saw the growth potential of the Asia-Pacific region,” he says. Along with its headquarters in Sydney, the firm also has offices in Singapore and a newly opened one in the Philippines. It organises as many as 20 conferences per year across the region, from the IT sector to marketing, finance and HR.

“Singapore is the hub,” McGurgan says, adding that, along with Hong Kong, it is clearly the most developed country in the Asia-Pacific region for conferences, but the likes of Thailand and the Philippines aren’t far behind. What’s more, he has found it important to cater to individual nations because, in each, there are “different themes and topics on the minds of the vendors and decision-makers”.

Of course, he adds, compared to four years ago, organising business conferences in this part of the world is no longer a niche endeavour, as the numbers have exploded in recent years.

“Every year I see companies coming from Europe and the US to try working in Asia. They do their first event, don’t do it right, and then they’re not back the next year,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of companies test the market, but they don’t understand how to make it successful in Asia. There will always be events, from large to tailored events, but it’s about the quality and the audience… Some companies are getting greedy and looking only to generate revenue. But sometimes they lose focus on who the key people are and making them money.”