Gearing Up

About Gearing Up

Posts jointly written by Katie and Joseph. Having started in October 2016, Katie Moss and Joseph Thomas are journeying across Asia to explore social initiatives in two fields: sustainable energy and the education of women and girls. Meeting social enterprises and charities working in these fields, Katie and Joseph hope to gain an understanding of the challenges they face and the ingenuity with which they tackle them.

Advice for the social sector in South-East Asia

2020-10-18T22:48:02+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Featured, Project, Videos|

We’ve spent 7 months travelling by bicycle through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and India meeting countless social enterprises, NGOs, businesses, governmental bodies and entrepreneurs. Through this initiative we have developed a number of insights to report back to the social sector. This article includes some of these insights and is based upon a presentation [...]

Cycle Touring in Thailand: A Route from Cambodia to Burma

2017-06-12T12:26:55+00:00June 12th, 2017|Cycling, Project|

Perfect tarmac and zero traffic Thailand's back roads We spent three weeks in Thailand cycling from the border of Cambodia to the border of Burma. It’s a classic cycle touring route but we did it a bit differently – avoiding all major roads! Please refer to our route map while you [...]

Cycle Touring in Cambodia: A Socially Conscious Guide

2017-04-09T12:48:02+00:00April 9th, 2017|Cycling, Project|

Cambodia has a lot to offer - Ream National Park's deserted beaches make ideal camping spots.   In this article we describe the highs, lows and logistics of cycle touring in Cambodia- the perfect guide for anyone interested in doing the same. We've created Gearing Up to raise awareness of the work of [...]

Children are not tourist attractions

2017-10-28T07:18:08+00:00April 7th, 2017|Featured, Gender and Education, Project|

We were shocked to see this poster in the guesthouse we were staying in last night in Pyay, Burma. This poster should take its place: It is estimated that 80% of the 8 million children in orphanages worldwide have at least one living parent. So what brings them there, you might ask? Tourism! In Cambodia [...]

Cycle Touring in Vietnam: Everything You Need To Know

2017-03-03T17:50:46+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Cycling, Project|

After a long and much needed descent, dwarfed by Indochina's highest mountain, Fansipan, in North Vietnam In this article we describe the highs, lows and logistics of cycle touring in Vietnam - the perfect guide for anyone interested in doing the same! Before the more specific cycling advice, we've written about some of the [...]

Politicians can salvage their reputation: social enterprise is the key

2017-02-28T05:59:34+00:00February 28th, 2017|Project|

Today’s distrust in politicians and politics is creating an environment from which social entrepreneurs can benefit. Politicians are desperate for believable, positive news stories, and social entrepreneurs need government support to further social enterprise. This opportunity should be relentlessly exploited by social entrepreneurs and politicians should recognise the value of championing this pivotal movement. Peter Holbrook, [...]

Cycle Touring in Laos: Everything You Need To Know

2017-01-11T14:26:50+00:00December 30th, 2016|Cycling, Project|

In this article we describe the joys and practicalities of cycle touring in Laos - the perfect guide for anyone interested in doing the same! This page is split into three sections: Practicalities, Best Bits and Worst Bits (only a few of these!) We've created Gearing Up to raise awareness of the work of social initiatives [...]

Socially inclusive business is for everyone

2016-12-18T13:13:45+00:00December 18th, 2016|Project|

Business in the UK and around much of the world is stuck with the perspective of the past in assuming social development is a side-line to business goals; this attitude ignores massive opportunities available to those willing to explore the concept of socially inclusive business. Kym Viet, a social enterprise that employs women with [...]