Welcome to LIFT issue 12

Welcome to LIFT issue 12

This week’s ideas issue is really about two other “I” words: innovation and initiative, two things that when put together, can be extraordinarily powerful. Innovation means coming up with a creative solution to a problem, or improving on a solution that already exists. We have talked about many innovative ideas in the past in our bright ideas column and throughout the magazine, but this week we not only celebrate great thinking, we try to explain how thinking can lead to reality.

In order to bring about change, innovation must be followed by initiative. Without hard work and sacrifice, ideas will remain ideas. It requires individual and collective efforts to start an organisation, group, business or association. While the ideas may come suddenly, creative solutions require sustained thinking and sustained energy towards a specific goal (for a more thorough explanation of how to make an idea a reality, see page 5).

We know that our readers have fantastic ideas, and this issue is devoted to celebrating young people who have put their ideas into action. You can be part of the changes that you want to see.

Lift is not only about personal improvement; it is also about coming together to talk about the issues that are important to us. Therefore, we want you to send us ideas about what you think will help students and young professionals reach their goals. By sharing ideas on our Facebook site (search for Lift Cambodia), or sending an email to [email protected], you can begin to connect with other students who share your interests and want to work together to make a better future for all of us!


  • Hun Sen to ‘step down’ if he loses Sam Rainsy bet over Kem Sokha

    Hun Sen has promised to step down as prime minister while opposition figure Sam Rainsy pledges to turn himself in as forfeits if the long-term political rivals lose a “bet” over the future of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is on bail awaiting trial

  • UAE prince seeks to invest in Cambodia

    The UAE has expressed interest in Cambodian oil and gas exploration. Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem said this was the result of his discussions with Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmook bin Juma al-Maktoum, a member of the royal family who visited him on Wednesday.

  • Smith calls for ‘release’ of Sokha as visit ends

    At a press conference to conclude her 11-day visit to Cambodia, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith on Thursday called for treason charges against former opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped and for him to be released from “restricted detention”.

  • PM denies ‘nepotism’ claims

    Prime minister Hun Sen denied on Thursday that nepotism was involved in the recent promotions of the children of senior government officials. He said they had been “trained” and were entirely capable of carrying out their duties while being open to “punishment” like anyone else.