Well, Okay, it is true I have 20+ years of putting together unusual partnership into different 3rd world development projects & charities. I did not know there was a name for this…a Social Entrepreneur. I was lucky I was introduced to the world of 3rd world development and philanthropy as a teenager in Australia. The first grassroot project that I ” banked on” which started with picking up 4 streetkids turned into a multinational Swiss based charity with over 170 + project sites around the world. Since I was just a school kid at the time, the amount spent was not very much, that was how I learned that “A small bit of money goes a long way in the 3rd world…but a lot of trust & faith goes further than what any money can buy!”
In 2009, after reviewing my work as a professional artist and years of working with Charities/NGOs I decided to venture into starting a Social Enterprise with the purpose of pursuing opportunities to create pattern-breaking change in inequitable systems by fusing MBA level Sustainable business principles with Cultural Sustainability best practices of The Arts, UNICEFs & successful NGOs.
Areas of development are:
i) Import-Export Fair trade (product & market development) opportunities
ii) PR & Marketing for Global ideas-changing strategies
iii)Macro-Cultural & Trade Sustainability Strategies on UN/UNICEF project scale.
iv) East-West Trans-cultural bridging: Consulting, Research & Mentoring Partnerships.
v)Using the Arts & New Media in Global Diversity & Innovation
But I cannot separate Sustainable Business via a Social Enterprise from the fact that I am my own person, artist & social activists with NGO projects in 3 continents spanning the globe. Gone are the days where I would want to fracture my own identity in the world by not integrating every aspects of my person. This blog is about the journeys I am taking in being an artist, an activists, a published feature journalist, a writer, a student of ancient Buddhist texts & a modern Hong kong chinese-Australian residing in Europe, advocating freedom of expressions in both the Eastern & the Western world that I belong to with its wealth of traditions.
Yes, I am happy to be a social Entrepreneur and I hope you will join me.
It is a different way of looking at the world, a different world context & we are all learning together:
Cecilia is a Hong Kong Chinese-Australian Social Entreprneur, Artist, Directors of NGO in Africa, South Ameria, Asia and California who really really likes to "tell it how it is", having travelled to over 40 countries around the world & seen some interesting things every so often.