The term ‘Social Enterprise’ has quickly picked up momentum as a way of describing an important new movement in business and entrepreneurship. For our readers who have been asking—here’s our take on what a social enterprise is and a few examples that embody the movement.
Happy Fall everyone! I wanted to touch base on some of the things that have moved me here lately. I am fortunate to be surrounded by an ever-growing circle of amazing people, those that are doing what they can to live an intentional life and to build up themselves and their communities. Over the past few months the concepts I have been integrating for years have intensified.
Khmer Creation creates long-term employment opportunities for women who have previously been working in exploitative jobs. Buying jewelry from Khmer Creation can bring change and opportunity to the women making it, and joy to the buyer. Shop their collection today.
Similar to green-washing… ethical-consumerism-washing. Is a thing. I shouldn’t be surprised. Yet, we are all. Each and every time we come face to face with a façade. I feel it’s a good sign, that we are all becoming more diligent in how we spend our money and source our goods.
We are living in a time where information is a constant. With that is the beauty and burden of trying to know the best way to do and be everything at all times. It is somewhat absurd to try to not only be our best, but, to be the best we can for everyone.
There’s a rhythmic clacking of wooden looms as you walk through the workshop at the silk farm of Artisans d’Angkor. Workers, predominantly women, concentrate while pressing foot pedals, shooting wooden rods between layers of silk, and turning out beautifully handmade, insect-derived fabrics.
I came across Khmer Creations as I was looking into organizations that were focused on ethical enterprise, utilizing fair trade practices and working with women. Their story is quite amazing and so I felt compelled to reached out and enquire if they have an interest in a collaboration.
We had spent the morning and into the afternoon visiting Ram, in his home. It wasn’t necessarily an easy day or ultimately, an easy experience, but it was one that helped clarify the path I am on and a broader perspective of the phases that our project will move through.
Cambodia has a long and rich history in silk production and weaving dating back more than a thousand years. Women across southern Cambodia have looms in their homes, and they practice the art passed down from their mothers and grandmothers.
The Kingdom of Bhutan famously makes it a matter of public policy to focus the nation’s resources on maximizing what has been called Gross National Happiness. Essentially, the country has taken the rare step of placing well-being above GDP.