My boss and I at our research center went to Bote Central recently, a social enterprise that is into coffee bean distribution and manufacturing of coffee roasting machines. We interviewed Vie Reyes, the co-founder of Bote Central, for a research project we are currently doing on social enterprises in the Philippines. For this research, we … Continue reading Coffee beans and social impact
“Schools seem to focus more on teaching students how to be good employees instead of teaching students how to actually make a difference or an impact through tech,” Mikko explains. Originally published at https://www.offcrowd.com/ Written by Jem Sagcal Barely in the afternoon, BatangTech had already begun teaching the sheltered kids of Virlanie Foundation in Makati. … Continue reading How far is the Philippines in tech education?
I attended a research event in the Technological University of the Philippines' (TUP) Electrical Department recently where I was a keynote speaker and part of the board of judges. My fellow judges and I assessed the research presentations of engineering students where they presented their machine prototypes. Some of these machines have already been deployed … Continue reading Why our Filipino engineers need to become entrepreneurial
Last January, personal care conglomerates Procter & Gamble and Unilever announced plans on collaborating with zero-waste startups to close the loop on their single-use packaging, from Rexona deodorant to Crest mouthwash. News like this implies that the zero-waste movement that garnered popularity last 2018 doesn’t seem to be a passing fad that critics have made … Continue reading The humble steps for package-less groceries
I've had the opportunity to meet Dr. Muhammad Yunus today, the pioneer of microcredit and microfinance and the founder of Grameen Bank. He was at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he held a talk and launch of his latest book titled "A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero … Continue reading The dynamism and change catalyst that is Professor Muhammad Yunus
Urban farming was initially a response to the lack of agricultural farmers who can accommodate the rising demands from all over the country — particularly from major cities. Not only does it make food more accessible and affordable, but it minimizes a large amount of waste caused by inefficient supply chain-management. Originally published at https://www.offcrowd.com … Continue reading Farming in an urban jungle
What makes sustainable tourism, 'sustainable'? My team and I at MakeSense Philippines hosted a panel discussion yesterday, March 11, 2019 to talk about exactly that. We had speakers from the local sustainable tourism sector talk about their initiatives, best practices, and things to improve on for the sector. For this discussion, we focused on tours … Continue reading On sustainable tourism and tribal communities: What makes it truly sustainable?