We have travelled 10,000 km across Asia by bicycle and have raised awareness of two major issues: the need for sustainable energy and for gender equality. We’ve met organisations and individuals who work in the social sector, with a focus on social enterprises, businesses that re-invest their profits to further a social cause. We have seen how social enterprise can provide a more sustainable tool for development than simply a reliance on charitable support or donations.

With the completion of our journey, Gearing Up will continue to be a platform to discuss these issues; our social media pages will remain active to promote innovation and the work of social businesses.

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our journey; we are happy to provide further information, insights and advice to the social sector in Asia and beyond.

The purpose of Gearing Up is to encourage people to understand the challenges faced by others: this understanding is an essential foundation of collective responsibility.

Katie Moss and Joseph Thomas, London September 2017

Two images: The first, a 10Wp solar home system installed in a rural off-grid household in Meghalaya, India. The second, a 10MWp solar power plant in Thailand, recently completed and connected to the grid.

In peak conditions, the Thai plant is able to produce 1,000,000 times the quantity of power as the Indian solar home system.  But this is no help to those who live off-grid – they need to generate their own electricity, and in the case above just enough to power three LED bulbs overnight.