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Featured on Escape the city blog!

We are very excited and grateful for all the media attention we have been getting lately, a great encouragement and reminder that social enterprise is something people are beginning to care more and more about. Especially excited to find the interview Celia Staton made with us has been featured on "Escape the City" blog. Escape the city is a platform setup to help people connect with exciting non-corporate opportunities.

Click here for the full story: : http://blog.escapethecity.org/2014/11/08/planting-trees-setting-coffee-shops-supporting-social-enterprise-taiwanese-perspective/

 

很興奮最近有越來越多媒體採訪我們,代表社會企業是一個大家越來越注重的議題。很開心Celia Staton訪問Tammy的文章出現在Escape The City的平台上。Escape the City是一個幫助想要離開企業工作的人找到適合的非企業性工作,將自己的職業生涯用在自己重視或對社會有意義的事上,是這幾年國外很強的一股趨勢。讓我們看到全世界都有人一起與我們為我們的世界努力。

點這裡看這篇文章全文(英文): : http://blog.escapethecity.org/2014/11/08/planting-trees-setting-coffee-shops-supporting-social-enterprise-taiwanese-perspective/

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A great day in the sun

It was very exciting to see all the families arrive so early on a sunny Saturday morning. The kids are all psyched and ready to get down to work and start planting (which is also the case with our own kids). They were a bit restless as we told them to do some prep work for the event. 


Before we started planting, first there was a presentation on the role of trees  on our planet, and how we should plant and take care of them. Reminding the kids of their role as stewards of the planet. They all screamed and laughed when they saw our mystery guest who came out to play with them.


After the presentation the MC led all the children over to the planting site, they lined up for their saplings, and got down to work. It was quite a site to see all the little people kneel down to plant with their parents. After they finished, I went over to inspect them and if they had planted properly, give them their certificate of tree planting. 


The event finished around noon, I am sure all the participants had a super time. Many parents told us please to notify them again the next time we do it. I think there is something really significant about letting kids know their roles as stewards of the planet, and that they, even at their young age can do something for the planet and benefit of others. 


I was especially moved (to tears actually) by the sight of my boys planting. Because I had been so busy helping out the other families, I was not able to plant with them, instead of nagging me to plant with them, they were off planting by themselves, and even helping other people with their planting. I thought to myself, this is why we do DOMI, so that our kids can learn to be servants for others and the world, and take an active part to plant and build something better. 

 

9/13 種樹活動


在星期六的一大早,看到許多的家庭,爸爸與媽媽帶著小孩,一起來到現場。知道是來種樹的活動,孩子們都迫不及待的要去種樹現場,似乎有一點不太想要依照我們為他們精心準備的活動步驟。

在開始種樹之前,我們有一個由劇場專家所設計的戶外教學,跟孩子們分享樹在地球所扮演的重要角色,如何種樹,還有孩子們可以怎麼樣做好地球的小管家。孩子們看到神秘嘉賓的時候都開心的大叫與大笑,現場氣氛都High了起來。

教學活動結束之後,主持人帶著大家到旁邊的種樹現場,孩子們有序的領了自己的樹苗後開始種樹。看到一個個的孩子們與他們的爸媽排成一列蹲在地上挖土,將樹苗放進去,蓋土跟澆水,親子互動的過程很有戲劇張力。大家種完之後,會請我過去幫他們看看有沒有種好,及格的話我就會發種樹小證書給孩子。

活動中午前就結束了,我很肯定所有的參與者都感到很開心且極有意義的度過了一個星期六早晨,有許多位父母還過來跟我們說下次再辦的時候,一定要通知他們!我覺得雖然只是很小的一件事情,不過在這個時代裡面,能夠讓孩子到戶外與大地接觸,用自己的力氣,為地球及他人流汗,有重大的意義,也一定是他們生命中的祝福!

我特別感動(...還流淚了)的是看到我的兩個兒子在種樹的畫面。因為我在忙碌幫忙其他種樹的家庭,沒有閒暇照顧他們。他們不但沒有來吵我或抱怨,自己還很認真的在一邊幹活,而且他們自己的樹苗種完之後,還跑去幫助許多其他人。我就在想,這就是為什麼我們要做DOMI,讓孩子們可以學習去服侍別人以及他們所住的環境,而且主動積極地去做他們可以做的事情,除了為了自己也為了其他人。

一大早看到好多孩子來報到要種樹感覺好贊!

一大早看到好多孩子來報到要種樹感覺好贊!

教孩子們種樹的方式,與樹在我們環境所扮演的重要角色。

教孩子們種樹的方式,與樹在我們環境所扮演的重要角色。

孩子們看到特別來賓都好興奮!

孩子們看到特別來賓都好興奮!

孩子們領樹苗迫不及待的要開始種樹!

孩子們領樹苗迫不及待的要開始種樹!

很開心其他的家庭終於可以與我們一起享受帶孩子種樹的滿足與樂趣!

很開心其他的家庭終於可以與我們一起享受帶孩子種樹的滿足與樂趣!

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Core Team Meeting

Corey跟大家分享二氧化碳與氣候影響最新的資訊。

Corey跟大家分享二氧化碳與氣候影響最新的資訊。

The core team got together last weekend for two days of review and strategizing. Always really energetic and fun when everyone gets together from across Taiwan to review work, sync and talk strategy. This time was especially heated as different members pitched their vision and ideas for future steps and blue prints.

Highlight of the day included Corey giving everyone a talk about his new research into the effects rise of CO2 levels and it's effect to the climate. One thing we particular like about these meetings is the family-ness in DOMI, aside from kids playing along in the meeting room, and how everyone laughs and jokes, really enjoying one another's company. This is what DOMI is about. People who are driven and skilled pooling their talents and efforts to do something that's bigger then all of us. 

上個週末核心團隊花了兩天開會,同步與過一些最近所發生的事情。每次位於全國的團隊聚集在一起都是很興奮的一件事情。這次特別的刺激,因為不同的夥伴們提出他們對未來腳步與藍圖的一些提案。讓大家可以一起討論,設定新目標與做一些運作上的調整。

第一天Corey也特別為大家報告他最近收集到許多新的二氧化碳與氣候影響的新資訊,讓大家對我們很重視的議題有新的了解。大家都很喜歡核心團隊聚集的一個特色就是“家庭感”,不只是有孩子在會議室玩與參與會議,還有整個團隊彼此互鬧開玩笑,很享受彼此的時光,在這種環境之下彼此支持與挑戰,是很贊的。週末的會議再次提醒我們為什麼要DOMI,一群有想法跟執行力的人,一起將自己的資源與能力無私投入,為了要完成一件比每一個人都大真重要的使命。

不要看大家這一刻很正經思考,下一秒就有人要開玩笑!

不要看大家這一刻很正經思考,下一秒就有人要開玩笑!

Brandon興奮報告種樹計劃的進展!

Brandon興奮報告種樹計劃的進展!

原本開會完想要去海邊,結果有颱風來襲!

原本開會完想要去海邊,結果有颱風來襲!

孩子在一邊也在忙著!

孩子在一邊也在忙著!

小助理幫忙按電腦簡報!

小助理幫忙按電腦簡報!

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Becoming a B Corporation

What drew us to B Corporation was it's slogan "B the Change", how similar that was to the "CHANGE" we are always talking about for DOMI. In the beginning we just knew we wanted to start a company together to do something for our home, improve the environment around us. It was only later after a lot of discussion this is now a up and coming trend called Social Enterprise. 

Two of our core team members Brandon and David actually brought up B Corporation during a meeting (without knowing the other had it in their presentation). Filling out the online assessment took quite a while, but it was helpful tool, not only to complete the assessment, but also for us to examine our actions and approach to meeting the requirement to be a business that was truly good for the world. 

Corey and David were nervous about the Skype review call with B Lab Asian representative based in HK, not knowing what to expect. We think we scared the reviewer a little bit with our enthusiasm and passion. But she was super helpful and nice. 

After the review call there was submission of more documents and further reviews with both the Asian and broader international team, until they notified that we were approved to receive the B Corporation certification, the first company to do so in Taiwan! 

To be honest, we are both psyched and a little surprised that we are the first company in Taiwan to become a certified B Corporation. David and Tammy both think that now we are B Corp-ers, we need to engage other people also to join this meaningful global movement!

To learn more about B-Corpration 

 

成為一個B Corporation

 

B Corporation一開始吸引到我們是它的宣傳詞“B The Change!“因為CHANGE改變就是我們在做DOMI時不斷在使用的一個字眼。其實原先大家只是想要開始一個為環境做一些事情的公司,透過商務上的收入,除了維持公司之外,將一部份的資源投入環境的工作,一起為我們的家園做一點事情。後來我們才發現原來這叫做社會型企業,而且世界上很多人都開始這麼在“做生意”。後來沒想到很巧兩位核心夥伴Brandon與David在一次開會時沒有相約的狀況至下都提到B Corporation,這一切好像都是註定的!

一開始我們花了很多時間完成詳細複雜的線上審查步驟,回答我們對環境、社會、供應商、員工與捐款比例的許多問題。這個過程我們發現很有幫助,可以透過它重新思考我們的行為還有怎樣做,才能成為一個對世界真的有貢獻的公司。

接下來的電話訪談原本讓Corey與David有點緊張,因為不知道會談或問什麼,後來與在香港的B Corporation亞洲代表人聊的相當愉快。雖然我們猜她可能會有一點被David與Corey的瘋狂與熱情嚇到。

電話訪談之後我們接著需要準備許多文件附件背書,與亞洲還有國際的B Lab團隊來回討論,做調整。一直到他們跟我們說我們還蠻高分通過審查,獲得B Corporation認證,而且還是台灣首家B Corp公司!

成為台灣第一家B Corporation老實說讓我們很開心之外還有一點點驚訝!代表現在我們需要與B Corp團隊一起努力,讓更多人知道這個在改變世界的商業運動!

還有最奇妙的一點!我們是在2014/06/05世界環境節日拿到B Corporation認證,太妙了!

要是您想要更了解B Corporation

Corey on phone review with David (taking picture) 

Corey on phone review with David (taking picture) 

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Years of Living Dangerously

From director James Cameron, starring Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, Thomas Friedman, Matt Damon, is a new documentary on the status of the planet, going beyond what Al Gore introduced to the world about climate change in An Inconvenient Truth to what is happening around the world today, how draught is a cause of the revolution in Syria, and Indonesia actually contributes 4% of all CO2 emission in the world. 

The Showtime original series is a breakthrough in documentary filmmaking,  where director James Cameron brings his cinematic mastery to bring our attention to the important issue of Climate Change.

 

多年危險的生存!

 

由鐵達尼與阿凡達金獎導演大衛柯麥隆導演,好萊塢明星哈里遜福特、唐奇鐸、麥特戴蒙以及世界是平的作者,名作家湯馬斯佛里曼共同演出。這部由Showtime製作的紀錄片告訴我們自從高爾副總統在1997年奧斯卡最佳紀錄片「不願面對的真相」影片介紹給世界有關地球暖化,近期來所發生的一些事件。比如說敘利亞的乾旱可能是她內戰的起原,以及印尼為什麼排放了全世界4%的二氧化碳!

這個紀錄片不但內容很重要,導演柯麥隆採用他大師的能力讓這個紀錄片相當的精彩及戲劇化。很值得一看!

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First Tree Planting Event

I was so happy my third child, first daughter Phoebe came into the world on May 1st, because we had wanted a daughter for so long, God finally answered our prayers, and blessed with a healthy and beautiful girl. I am also very thankful that she was born on May 1st so I wouldn't miss our first tree planting on May 3rd, after so much anticipation and planning, it was great to be able to be there with the team to experience it first hand. 

I had my boys dressed the night before, so I could save time the next morning. The sight was in HsinChu which means a 3.5 hours drive, which meant we had to leave the house at 5:15. To my surprise as soon as I said "Get up, it's time to go tree planting", they had burst out of bed and walked to the door to wait for me. 

We had viewed tree planting to be somewhat sacred and serious, since it's the reason why we are doing this together. But on the day, everyone one was so excited, and glad to see each one, with the team working separately across Taiwan most of the time, we are happy to be together. Happy to report that our trees were planted with much joy and love. We all shared how we loved how "real" it was! Planting the trees with our own very hands. 

What was most meaningful for me, was being able to do it with my boys, seeing how excited they were, that they get to have this as a part of their memory. As they grow up, the trees we planted that day are also growing, one day they can go back and see how their tree had grown so tall they can stand underneath it for shade. 

Since that day my boys have been asking me quite often when we are going to go tree planting again. 

 David Co-Founding Gardener

 

05/03 首次種樹

 

我很開心我的第三個孩子,第一個女兒Phoebe在5月1日誕生,因為我們禱告已久的女兒終於健康的來到這個世界上。另外我也很感謝她在5月1日出生,因為這樣我就可以不錯過DOMI核心團隊5月3日第一次的種樹活動。

因為怕隔天一大早5:15就得要出門,兩個兒子爬不起床,我在前一天晚上,就幫他們將衣服穿好。還有點怕隔天他們會很難叫起床,沒想當我講完「起床了,我們要去種樹了!」他們馬上就跳了起來,走到門口去等我出門。

在那天之前,整個核心團隊一直都以很嚴肅的態度看待種樹這件事情,因為這畢竟是我們決定一起努力打造這個公司背後共同的原因之一。沒想到那天大家聚在一起(平常大家分遍台灣努力),很享受終於可以一起去種樹,整個超High的,大家不斷在開玩笑。不過大家都有提到可以用自己的雙手實際去種樹,真的很有意義。

對我來說,最有價值的就是可以帶我兩個兒子一起去參與,看他們多麼的興奮與投入。想到他們在未來可以有這種去種樹的記憶,甚至有一天長大可以到他們所種的樹下乘涼。

自從那一天我的兩個兒子經常問我什麼時候我們再去種樹。

創始園丁 David

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種樹的好處

一棵樹可提供兩個人一年所需要的氧氣!

平均一家店面(或一間辦公室)一年大約使用12000度上下的電, 所以需要3500棵樹去消化其所產生的碳排放量。 (大約一個臺北大安森林公園樹木的數量)

環境保護相關連結 http://www.tepu.org.tw/   臺灣環境保護聯盟  http://www.ey.gov.tw/policy4/   行政院節能減碳愛臺灣 http://e-info.org.tw/   環境資訊中心  http://ghginfo.moeasmea.gov.tw/moeasmea/wSite/mp?mp=00602  中小企業節能減碳資訊網  http://www.taiwangreenenergy.org.tw/ 綠色能源產業資訊網

環境保護相關連結

http://www.tepu.org.tw/   臺灣環境保護聯盟 

http://www.ey.gov.tw/policy4/   行政院節能減碳愛臺灣

http://e-info.org.tw/   環境資訊中心 

http://ghginfo.moeasmea.gov.tw/moeasmea/wSite/mp?mp=00602  中小企業節能減碳資訊網 

http://www.taiwangreenenergy.org.tw/ 綠色能源產業資訊網

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