Sok Lak Short Bio

Last update: July 2017

Sok Lak lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the country where he dreams and loves to make positive impact and grow green heart. Currently, he is co-founder of Scholar Library and Writing Alliance, an independent student-run association aiming to promote writing awareness and discussion among Cambodian young generation on various topics including climate change and environment, and other social, economic, and political problems. He is also freelancer economic reporter and has over 5 year journalism experience. As media background, he also freelance to work on media contents and media engagement for social projects run by youth group and companies as well. He got a bachelor degree of Economics Development from Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) in 2010, and bachelor degree of English Literature from University of Cambodia (UC) in 2012. From his practical experiences, and academic background, he has gained skills and qualification in project management, writing and media and communication, public speaking, and good leadership. Sok Lak very passionately loves working with young people and contributing to social change.


What’s A Life

Life, you really make fun of me,
Life, you always treat me so good,
Life, you give me all colorful taste,
Life, you give a full of misery,
Life, you are like an experiment place,
Life, you are like a story in theater
Life, you are always change all the times,
Life, even we plan well still you keep shaping.

Agenda of International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship.

International Conference on Promoting Vibrant Social Entrepreneurship

Date: 22-24 May 2017

Venue: Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Organized by SESA Network

Sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Royal University of Phnom Penh, and the University of Calgary

11:00 – 13:00 Registration
13:00 – 16:00 Field Visits to Social Enterprises
18:00 – 20:30 Conference Dinner, Special Presentations and Entertainment
07:30 – 08:00 Registration
08:00 – 08:15 Greetings
08:15 – 09:45 Plenary I- Regional Inspirations, Realities and Opportunities
09:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:15 Plenary II- Insights from Big Picture Initiatives
12:15 – 13:30 Networking lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Concurrent Sessions A
15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Concurrent Sessions B
07:30 – 08:00 Registration
08:30 – 10:00 Plenary III- Opportunities for International Collaboration
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions C
12:00 – 13:30 Networking lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Concurrent Sessions D
15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:00 Closing



Why Poor Reading is Matter to Company to Concern?

In Cambodia, students study 4 years to obtain bachelor degree. In each year, there are two semesters which has 5 subjects for each semester. To finish one semester, it needs to completed 5 subjects. Normally, each subject has 2 or 3 books for students to study. To sum up, finish a bachelor degree, students need to finish at least 80 books for their higher education. As average, it is around 20 books per year.

8172948-Human-resources-issues-and-other-people-concepts-as-3D-stick-figure-symbols-on-jigsaw-puzzle-pieces--Stock-PhotoHowever, most of students normally cannot finish reading 5 books in a year and 20 books in 4 years. For getting and completed a bachelor degree, it required to finish 80 books, so most of Cambodian students cannot finish them, still another 60 books left behind which result of low quality when graduated.

To gain higher knowledge, book is the best source to generate information and knowledge after teacher. Also teacher also do not have a lot of times to do lecturers for students to listen. It needs students to do more research and read more.

When read less book, it would result of low productivity, low creativity, and low outcome of works.

If they go to work for a company, then that company would be low productivity and resulted of lower company performance and revenue.

When low revenue, company will face difficulty and hard to survive.

At the same, the effects of ASEAN integration on free flow of labor/investment/capital, upcoming global economic crisis and fast changing of business and investment environment

Low performance company would face bankrupt during hardship time.

To avoid these situation, company try to invest on capacity building on their staffs include sending them to training, workshop and conference even go aboard for it. At least million dollars gone on human resource development of each company, but why do not they invest on library?

Do not they think library could help their staff for knowledge improvement which increase productivity?

Go back to our assumption data above, average student read only 5 books per year, but a BA need to read 20 per years, so how can we empower employee to read more books to be qualified to increase productivity of company?

If employee can read 20 books per year, so company no need to invest 1000$ per year on a potential employee throughout training platform. They just need to invest on book or library service for their employee to empower them to read another 15 books. If their investment on book or library service successfully, they can save around 600 to 800$ per year from training services and other capacity building platform they are currently using. Another one, they also can transfer books to other employees or using low cost services like library services which is existing in the market, but most of organization or company never use it.

Let’s imagine together:

If the company can empower their employee read and maximum benefits from book, so:

  • 1 potential employee can save up to 800$
  • 10 potential employee can save up to 8000$
  • 100 potential employee can save up to 80,000$

10 years from now for 100 potential employee, company can save up 80 thousand dollars plus 15,000 books.


The question is why company not invest on book or library services?