Conversations w/ Good People is a blog series I started on Common Goods to introduce interesting people doing cool things in the community – people who aligned with the values of the brand in appreciating a slower lifestyle and enjoying time outdoors.
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Zó Project is a social enterprise that’s working to preserve the art and knowledge behind making traditional Dó paper, and in turn provide a sustainable form of income for the paper making families of Suoi Co village in Hoa Binh.
CIRUM is a locally-run NGO working with ethnic minority groups in the mountainous provinces of Vietnam to support their legal rights over forest and land resources. As part of their efforts, they run cultural tours to Y Tý, a small commune in the Bát Xát district.
Hong Kong is an incredibly exciting city. The stark contrast to Christchurch from the second we stepped off the Airport Express is startling after a thirteen hour flight. The streets bustle with people, smells and noises. For a population of over 7 million, commutes may be a little cosy, as is the footpath and public spaces, but the infrastructure is impressive and keeps a constant flow.
Situated on the westernmost point of China, Kashgar is unlike any other Chinese city in language, culture and ethnic makeup. Historically a major Silk Road trading post and the gateway between China and the West, I was intrigued by how little I knew of modern day Kashgar and the Xinjiang region besides the occasional headlines of protest and unrest.