Well we have been away a while so first of all apologies to all our regular blog readers but rest assured Aspecks has been busy over the past couple of months planning and preparing for the year to come. But we have missed a lot of global events that reflect the ever changing world in which we live, including; student protests in the UK over tuition fee increases, the Wikileaks debacle, the mass protests and uprisings in Tunisia and the continuing unrest in Egypt, the ever increasing price of staple products (including cotton), the financial meltdown of some major economies, and the vote that has helped to create South Sudan – the newest country in Africa, to name but a few. Therefore it is only appropriate at the start of the Chinese New Year that we offer a little insight into some of the things we’ve been up to so far in 2011.
We have started a process of consolidating the Aspecks network so that we can embark on a wider and more diverse range of activities. This means that we are delighted to be able to announce some new affiliates including the 4WD Foundation and Kaizen Star both of whom we have been working with for a while now, as well as artists JAMM TYME and Silas Zephania. We have also been continuing our work with social activists Paula Mendez and Aquiles Vales who have introduced to us a variety of art and cultural movements including Chilean graffiti artist Otto Schade who we will be collaborating with in the near future!
So what does this all mean? Well, for a start we will be creating an events page on the site so that we can promote everything that we and/or our affiliates are involved in. The introduction of a new strap line “Independent Social Entrepreneurs & Creatives Collective” seeks to explain all that Aspecks does in a simple sentence. Consequently, we will be again revamping the website to add further clarity to our inspirations, ideology, services and products. Those of you who are fans on facebook may have already seen our “Small World” design, however this is just a small snippet of the new creative fire we have in store for 2011!
We met Sabirul at the Future 100 award event for this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. He was sharing his experiences, selling himself as a motivational speaker and soliciting investment for his book and board game which encourage entrepreneurial spirit in young people. In the video below taken from his website; he tells his story.
Learn more about his book (which he self-published and sold 42,500 copies of in the first nine months) after the jump.
The founders of Aspecks have been recognised as part of the Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year awards for 2009. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week the Future 100 Awards puts the spotlight on young people aged 18-35 who are demonstrating entrepreneurial flair and innovation in running a responsible business venture; one which demonstrates a balance between economic, environmental and social goals to achieve ultimate business success. Global Entrepreneurship Week is looking to unleash people’s enterprising ideas to tackle some of society’s biggest issues such as climate change, poverty, gender equality and health. The Future 100 awards encourages and rewards extraordinary vision, ethical business practice and social responsibility. They aim to showcase businesses that offer innovative and sustainable solutions to social problems. As you know Aspecks is an ethical enterprise that is designed to facilitate the exchange of culture and knowledge to help break down the various boundaries that exist in our Global Society. Consequently, Aspecks took the initiative to get involved with Global Entrepreneurship Week in order to explore the many opportunities that this week offers.
The granting of the award is testimony to Aspecks’ commitment to global society, the environment and ethical business practice and values. As a matter of policy we print on ethically sourced and sustainable t-shirts usually ‘fair trade’. The benefit of this can be seen in the growing commercial work we have completed for the Co-Operative Party. Similarly in October 2008 we were commissioned to design and print t-shirts for the Pathfinder Project.
“The great challenge before us is to address the constraints that exclude people from full participation in the financial sector… Together, we can and must build inclusive financial sectors that help people improve their lives.” – Kofi Annan.
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