Social Enterprise with A Twist!

Looking for ideas to boost your social enterprise?

Before we go down to the nitty-gritty of this article, I would like you to know that this post is based on my travel to Bangkok, Thailand.

While networking with other researchers, I was also interested in knowing the people and customs in Thailand.

Fortunately, I had this experience in an expo.

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Craft for Change: A social enterprise expo in Bangkok. Thailand

As a social scientist and environmental planner, I am interested in discovering social innovations.

It is inspiring to see people making a change in the community.

When I was in Thailand, I was able to witness an exhibit about a social enterprise making a social impact.

Watch this video to learn what is social enterprise.

The social enterprise creates an impact on the beneficiaries and also to the environment.

This is nice to know because many of the things today are harmful to our environment.

What I learned from the exhibit is that they feature original handmade products.

When I say handmade, its means handmade!

They do not use any machines in making the products. Notice the photo below.

social enterprise handmade product

 

Yes, it can be tedious but this is social entrepreneurship with a twist.

Unlike with many social enterprises, they utilize people to craft their products with the use of just hands.

These products used materials which are environment-friendly.

Not only that they have a purpose of creating it. The proceeds help community organization to raise funds and help their members.

This is the essence of the social enterprise.

Below is a sample product I bought to support the cause of social entrepreneurs.

social enterprise for cause
With the seller of handmade products dedicated for the oldies.

 

The beneficiaries of the organization are the old people.

While helping people, they also help the environment.

Such an inspiring move.

If all only many organization are like this, then we would have to live a sustainable life.

What do you think about this social enterprise?

Share your comments below.

The Sustainable Farm: The Drought-Resilient Farm Book Review

Struggling how to make a drought-resilient farm?

Let’s face it!

We are faced with ever changing climate especially drought. The only option we have is to be resilient.

If you are a farmer like us, then probably we share the same problem – how to make a drought-resilient farm.

While browsing the net, I came across with this helpful book which I will share to you.

Let me introduce to you

The Drought-Resilient Farm

Drought-resilient farm by Dale StrickenThe book was written by Dale Strickler with about 200 pages and fully illustrated. The author begins the book with a touch of personal experience as a farmer. Its a book that teaches how to manage farm under a condition where there is minimal water. Its a science-based book explained in lay mans term that ordinary people can understand the science of managing water and soil.

Each method on how to make a drought-resilient farm is complemented with an image. There are also long-term experiments how tillage affects plant available water holding capacity.

Actually, I love how each of the scientific terms being explained in a fashionable way that even those non-technical person will understand.

Lots of helpful tips to run your farm without worrying about drought.

Truly, a resilient farmer after reading this book.

Any individual will understand it. I am not an agriculture major but really I got interested in it after reading the book. It appears to me that agriculture is not that very technical as the author manages to explain it in the book.

Each chapter ends with a chapter summary which to me is an ideal format for any literature book.

There are many things that you will learn in the Drought -Resilient Farm book like:

  • Soil management;
  • How to keep water in the soil longer;
  • How Tillage affect rainwater shortage;
  • Improving water holding capacity of the soil profile;
  • How Organic Matter Affects Soil water-holding capacity;
  • How a cropping system affects water capacity based on soil type and plant.

and many more.

Of course when we say drought-resilient farm, it is not just about plants but also animals.

The author also shared valuable information how to provide water for your livestock. I was amazed at how easy to make a fence in a pond to provide access to your livestock for drinking.

Also how to make move water using only gravity. This is perfect in our farm is sloping and we have a pond. Don’t worry it is very easy to do. You will not get lost because it includes instructions on how to do it with pictures above.

Oppss… I am not done yet with the drought-resilient farm book review.

In the book, you will also learn how you can provide forage during emergencies especially in drought. So, this book is not just about water per se which I thought at first is dedicated to water management. But actually how to become resilient in your farm when drought strikes. When drought comes you need not only to manage water but also other areas in your farm such as forage.

Its a complete book of resiliency.

A must-read for anyone who want to be drought-resilient farm.

In conclusion, the author encourages the reader especially the farmer to take actions before and during the next drought occur through a checklist of activities.

With this, you will be guided easily as to what needs to be done.

There are many things to say about this book, but I suggest that you buy and read it yourself.

You can get the book at Amazon for $23.78 only. Its worth the price.

Prepping 101: 40 steps you can take to be prepared. A book review

How to be prepared in times of disasters.

Looking for a book about resiliency?

Here is it.

In my list of books about sustainable living, so far, this book Prepping 101 is the most comprehensive and complete. Although there are lots of tutorials out there in the net about survivalist, I found this book the more complete and comprehensive. I can say that this is the one thing I need. A complete list of things to do to prepare any household during disasters or unexpected events.

So, I thought I would give a review about it.

After downloading the book, I got excited immediately to read it.

All about the Prepping 101.

The book is written by Kathy Harrison. It’s about 176 pages fully illustrated book published by Storey Publishing. The layout and typeset is very well laid out with matching photos and illustrations.

It’s perfect.

You will not get bored in reading this survival book.

This book is not just about how to survive and be prepared in times of crisis, it’s a library of preparedness stuff easy to follow.

This is a book that teaches us to be prepared using the little things we have. If you want to be resilient, read the book. It lays out everything though not categorical arranged.

In the book, you can find simple hacks of food preparation and preservation. I can’t also imagine the mistake I have made in food preservation.

Do you know that not all canning methods and preparation are good and it can harm us in the long run?

According to the author, we must use jars that are intended for canning and not those which can only be used for one time.

Example of jars not suitable for canning is those that are used for mayonnaise as they are only good for single use instead use tattler brand jars.

Some other hacks include how to store and collect water.

Of course, it also teaches you how to calculate how much water you need and how to collect rainwater. Did I fail to mention how to purify water?

Yes, you can learn how to make your own water filter. Not only that, you can also calculate the foods you need and design a food storage program.

 

Prepping is not just about material and physical preparation.

Being resilient does not mean only to be prepared physically but also financially. In this book, the author covers how to make financial plans or budgeting and how to deal with your children and teach them how to be part of emergency planning.

It will teach you how to be responsible and to do proper garbage disposal and in building your own composter.

Oh, how I love the survival hacks also. The little things that you have in your house have multiple purposes.

Examples of these are duct tape, socks, aluminum foil, lip balm, baking soda, vinegar and many others.

The book teaches what other things you can utilize these little things. Everything you need to know about what to prepare in times of crisis. Even preparing for your pets, preparing your electronic devices.

All I can say is this is a complete book, a library of resiliency. Or should I say it’s like a collection of how-to’s in the internet about survival thing, BUT with high-quality information research-based which even high-school grader can comprehend.

What I like is the book also offers lots of related information about resiliency.

Not all books are created equal and this book has offered a way for readers to evaluate the things already did to be prepared.

It gives the reader a lot of caution in using and adopting a practice.

Really, it is an eye-opener for me.

After reading the book, I believe that you will be ever ready to face unfavorable events.

How to live a sustainable lifestyle without being materialistic

Can you live a sustainable lifestyle without being materialistic?

The truth is

“Materialism breeds Unhappiness!”

There are studies conducted about happiness in the US and it turned that money and other material things don’t really add up to a person’s happiness.

The more money a person has, the greedier he/she becomes.

According to Celestine Chua in her email to me,

A materialistic person is vested in owning material possessions and equates them to happiness. This is especially so if the ownership of possessions is motivated by emotional reasons (such as to look better, to feel better, to convey a status symbol) rather than functional reasons (to improve productivity, to communicate with others).

I understand that many people are really fixated on making money, of course, who would not want it anyway.

It’s not about the money!

Materialism is not just about money, but anything that can hinder not just personal growth but spiritual growth can be considered as materialism.

However, the theory also suggests by Karl Marx that human need first to satisfy the basic needs such as water, food, clothing, shelter before they can deal with the religious aspect of their life.

But to me, its actually seeking God first in everything that we do. This means relying on everything unto him.

We do not need to worry about our needs, its already being taken care of. All we have to do is to “Cast all your worries unto him because He cares.”1 Peter 5:7.

When we talk about sustainable lifestyle, its all about being resilient and prepared for the life to come.

In other words, we have to be able to provide our own foods through country living.

We need a balance in our life.

Not just to enjoy what the world has to offer us in terms of fancy and luxury material things, but also the surroundings that we live in.

My answer to the question,

Is it possible to live a sustainable lifestyle without being materialistic?

Yes!

Here are my top three tips on how to avoid being too materialistic.

Our mother earth has lots to offer.

Nature is a gift from God.

Be a volunteer.

 

Hand of an elderly holding hand of younger

Participate in a core group advocating environmental protection and community development.  You can check your community and become a volunteer. There is no cost to it.

 

 

 

 

Do it yourself gardening.

DIY gardening

Let us not pollute our world.

Without it, we die.

It’s better to live in a rustic place waking up with the tweets of the birds than living in the noise of the city.

Let your happiness be found in every air that you breathe and in every star that you can see in the sky.

Life is short.

Enjoy it.

Not about having all the things that you want, but the things that you really need.

 

Prioritize. Prioritize. Prioritize.

As the Bible puts it, “We cannot serve two masters at the same time. Matt. 6:24”

Its either we chose worldly pleasures or heavenly kingdom. We can live sustainably by being a good steward of the things that our Creator has given us.

Our life is not made of the things that consume us, but by the things, we used for His purpose.

Learn how to choose between two great things in life.

Read this book review here.

Thank and hope you enjoy it.

Sustainable Development in the countryside: The Biri Larosa Protected Landscape/Seascape

Is sustainable development possible in the countryside?

Way back in 2011, I was able to visit the top 3 highest peak in Mindanao called Mt. Matutum. It is a protected area and like many other protected landscape in the Philippines, sometimes people are unaware of how to really take care of it.

@ Mt. Matutum

Anyway, I highly appreciate the efforts of the government in posting warning signs to visitors like the photo you see in the right. But hey, that’s me 6 years ago. Like these mountains, I need to protect myself (kidding!).

Anyway, as a researcher and traveler, I always look for new adventure and interesting escapade. But not only that, I also interested in knowing how people preserved and the environment. Why? Because human beings has a direct relationship with the environment.

Last August 30-31, 2017, I had an opportunity again to visit Biri Island. This time I had a close personal encounter with what they popularly called the “Rock Formation”.

 

Since, I am talking here about sustainable development as a magic word in this article.

What captures my interest is their way of dealing with the tourist and the environment. When we were going to the rock formation, one local resident there asked us if we have a guide.

From this, I surmised that they were oriented that this location is really that important. Because without a guide, some people may pollute the place. Though they have warning sign before you step on the footbridge, it is still better to have a tour guide and luckily our guide was a personnel from DENR.

I found two sustainable ideas in this place.

By the way Biri, Island along with other neighboring island towns is proclaimed as protected landscape under NIPAS Act of 1992 or RA 7586 proclamation no. 291.

DECLARING CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN SITUATED IN THE COASTAL AREAS  OF THE MUNICIPALITIES OF LAVEZARES, ROSARIO, SAN JOSE, BIRI AND NEIGHBORING ISLANDS SUCH AS BANI, SAN JUAN, GILBERT, CABUNGON GRANDE AND BIRI ISLANDS AND ITS SURROUNDINGS REEFS, PROVINCE OF NORTHERN SAMAR, ISLAND OF VISAYAS AS PROTECTED AREA PURSUANT TO R.A. 7586 (NIPAS ACT OF 1992) AND SHALL BE KNOWN AS BIRI LAROSA PROTECTED LANDSCAPE/SEASCAPE

First is the water source.

 

Yup! Don’t be shocked.

According to the tour guide, this water source never dries run out of water even in dry season. Of course, its located in the rock formation. People from this area of the village use it as drinking water. Well, this water source is a sustainable idea for me because unlike with bottled water, it somehow contributes pollution to our environment. This brings me to the next sustainable development idea I found in their locality.

The environmental campaign strategy.

This is a BiriInitiative way of protecting the environment. If you asked me how sustainable is it?

Of course it is sustainable.

If we want to preserve the future, we should do it now.

Please take some time to read the post.

“To all customers purchasing products from this store anything bottles or packages made of PLASTIC please return for your consideration. You will receive a monthly discount for doing so.”

With the BiriInitiative, an island would be more productive and attractive to visitors not just local visitors like us.

Don’t miss any sustainable ideas with my travel.

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