In 1975 Cambodia attempted the most radical reinvention of society and community in history.
This was ‘Year Zero’ – a beginning of a new era where people would return to a mythic past. Self sufficiency and collectivism were promoted, technology and creativity mistrusted. City dwellers, professionals and intellectuals returned to toil the land alongside peasants.
About 1.7 million people , 20% of the population, died in the ensuing madness.
Proof – if it were needed – that not all social innovations are good ones.
Here’s my pictorial guide to 13 things I found creative, quirky or were simply great experiences.
Wifi in the Sea: Our desire for connectivity knows no bounds. Hotels and bars are competing with each other to offer ever better wifi connections. This place on Otres Beach nailed it with connectivity that worked a good 100 metres into the ocean. My first experience of vining, instagramming and downloading music (the new Bowie album) from the water.
A country bouncing back from the brink with fresh thinking , drive and determination. Loved my trip and hope some of the ideas inspire you as much as they did me.
RIP Bowie indeed. To consistently change and adapt is incredible. It’s easy to forget how different he was – I think this video by Paul Mason nails it (https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/10153448177816939/). Fascinating to see how social enterprises in pictures out there. Hope you’re suitably tanned post-Holiday!
Certainly some things to be learned here. I really liked the hotel Nokia for some reason – I guess it just seems like nice Service Design. Thanks for sharing these Paul, it looks like an awesome holiday!