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Call from passion: Tom’s sweet bean soup  
Tom, male, was employed as an information manager for years. Due to senses of unhappiness and non-meaningfulness of life, Tom left his job and made changes into his life. To embody his concern about social caring of disadvantaged groups, Tom carried a cart with cooking equipment for sweet bean soup, moving across the island, and voluntarily cooking for children, elderly, farmers, and disables along his travel route in different remote counties.
In 167 days of the travel, with appreciation for the people whose attribution to current economy and development, Tom had made more than 70 pots which took each more than 3 hours to cook, and shared about ten thousands bowls of sweet been soup. Thorough travelling across and soup sharing, Tom expected himself to spread love, warmth, and happiness all over the land.
Planned happenstance: The OBL  
OBL is a team of young people, dedicating themselves to recovering the beauty forgotten on the island. In 2012, failing the champion for Where the World Starts created another opportunity that four young adults loving travel gathered to share their ideas. They found themselves yearning to travel abroad, but yet they were also unfamiliar with the island in which they are born. Therefore, the four young people developed a cross boundary team named OBL, initiating an action plan to recover the unfound beauties of this island nation and gathering materials from the Internet for book publishing. One OBL member, Ada, also worked collaboratively with a local aboriginal young man to develop a tribe travelling business. In 2014, OBL became one of the travel partners of Map In Taiwan- In-depth Travel Project of AIESEC International Congress. The goal is to deliver things that are worth sharing and to spread inspiring pictures of Taiwan. Step by step, OBL is moving forward to accomplish its core concept: bring Taiwan out, let the world in.
Walking out from the comfortable zone: Starlight’s music travel  
Banai and Vicky are in the transition of their career development. An invitation letter from Banai aroused the dream that Vicky had before. They decided to leave their jobs and adapt a music exchanging accommodation way of moving across over counties of the island. They called themselves as “starlight”. The Starlight moved across 43 accommodations, held more than 70 music performances and more than 30 body work workshops in half year. Starlight transforms the stories from the travel into music and continually compasses the spirit of starlight with sharing. “Beautiful things are carried on through feedback of beautiful things” said by Banai. Not only do Banai and Vicky travel across to experience and challenge their life, but also bring their unique power to influence other starlights all over the land.
A business of benefit other people as well as oneself: The BCIxRabbit  
Natasha had always studied in the best schools since childhood. Though working for an international company for several years with a high salary, Natasha could not find her dream track. Her friend, May, a great software engineer, also lost herself in the complicated program language of an engineer. By coincidence, both of them joined a volunteer vocation to BCI orphanage in Cambodia. This trip reversed their definition of the word “happy”, because afterwards, they left their jobs by looking to make those orphans dreams come true while at the same time also making their own dreams come true. The story began from a drawing of a rabbit figure from a child of BCI that attracted Natasha’s attention. She bought the drawing and then made it into a T-shirt with a rabbit figure. Narasha also funded a BCIxRabbit social enterprise in which every rabbit t-shirt was sold would donate NT$221 (two-two-one is pronounced as rabbit cloth in Chinese) to BCI. BCIxRabbit also cooperatively works with NPOs(nonprofit organizations) on the same social business model. Until now, the fund has helped abused stray dogs, a Taitung book house, a national project of caring for comfort women (“Grandma’s paper plane”), and a proposal for rebuilding Hakai Tribe. Currently, BCIxRabbit is able to sell hundreds of rabbit clothes each month, gradually accumulating some stable consumers. Although they face a lot of challenges, these two young people still hold their original belief to “never forget the feeling of wanting to do more.”
A wild-exercising imagination and achievement of career: Tzlun’s seed cart  
Tzlun, a male yearning for natural life, changed from an art profession to being a free farmer with his enthusiastic devotion into environmental and ecological concerns. Tzlun hand-made a cart from recycled iron and a electric bicycle, carrying with him seeds and books. The seeds in the cart are free to exchange, and the books are free to read. The picture books are especially screened for children to learn ecological, environmental protection, and agricultural knowledge. Tzlun also set up a projector in his cart so that he could be able to hold a small environmental education or exhibition in the tribes In 2013, Tzlun was supported by the project Thinkers Map, and he spent 3 months visiting ecological villages in India where he recognized further about the importance of seeds. Thus, he thought the promotion of saving seeds should be spread to the community and village. His plan is to keep seeds in their place and hide seeds with locals in some spot, so that each part can connect with the other to get support by exchanging orsharing the seeds. He hopes to broaden the activities of keeping seeds in each family’s own garden. In the future, he wants to initiate a seed-exchange site and then connect other sites into the network. In the end, he believes the Internet can help push the idea of keeping seeds in their own place in Taiwan.
Social empowerment: Claire’s Lovelady Pads  
Graduated from psychology major, Claire had been working for NGO several years leading student volunteers to service in countries under developing. In Nepal, Claire recognized that women’s period has been stigmatized and even were prohibited to get into the house. This awakened Claire to found a social enterprise Lovelady Pads, making pads from cotton cloth, and claiming for women’s right to have a positive and happy period, and ecologically at the same time. In 2013, Dharti Mata Sustainable workshop was established in Nepal, which mainly promotes the use of Lovelady Pads and movement of positive and happy period. It also provides women in village opportunity to work, to develop their micro-economy and cultivation of skills, to create daily necessaries which are friendly to environment, women, and family, and to practice sustainable life style. Besides, it build organic product shop ‘’Good Food Shop,’’ and women hand make workshop. In the future, it hopes to take fair trade and social enterprise as the foundation to become part of the sustainable development of Nepal community, and to lead up the economy and value of remote country. Lovelylady Pads is an influential economic model which connects with the society. The running model under Claire will not only provide opportunity of work, but also reverse the traditional thinking of women’s period. At the same time, part of profit of pads will give to the local woman foundation, and even introduce ecological idea of sustainable consume.
Healing from planting  
Wei Yin had majored in history during her college and studied ethnic relations and cultures during graduate school. She had been owned a stable work in the city after graduation. However, she always remembers there were flourishing trees around the hometown in her childhood. But right now, the roads are broadened, the land there are overly exploited, which make trees less and less and even hardly to see giant tree now. Wei Yin and her family thus decided to ‘’plant trees’’ on the land inherited from her grandfather, to get close to the land by ways of “affordable to themselves and beneficial to environment” to rebuild the scenery as well. Wei Yin started from grading, black plastic mulch covering, sapling planting, and water carrier pulling, which are handiwork of touch soil through hands and feet. Getting through the challenge of typhoon and drought, which both destroyed sapling. She once broke down because of her exhausted mind. Promptly, she felt plant were whispering to her by saying ‘’ It’s okay. This is life,’’ when she look up to the sky with her sadness. At that moment, Wei Yin got a feeling of seeing the light suddenly. It’s healing for human’s mind from the nature. Heaven helps those who help themselves. Within ten years, sparse ground becomes flourished forest, nurtured by sun, water, sweat and tears. There are camphor tress, golden shower trees, cinnamon, laurel tress, beech, Formosa sweet gum, Taiwan acacia, ash trees, autumn maple trees, Lagerstroemia subcostata Koehne, adding up to one thousand and six hundred trees. They gradually grew up from small sapling to luxuriant forest. Wei Yin has an expectation about the future. Maybe one day, she can tell the children ‘’ I will take you to my grandfather’s forest!’’ And, she can teach children to raise little saplings as well. Wei Yin not only plants thousands of trees, but also plants unlimited possibilities and hopes in the world.
Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Hometown  
Yu-Rong Peng previously served as a journalist, joining the “News &Market”by reporting a series of stories on food safety, helping focus people’s attention to such an important issue. Although he did have a chance to go abroad for advanced study, through the encouragement of families, Yu-Rong Peng decided to return to his hometown of Hualien where he founded a company and a local brand, “Hua-tung Vegetable Market” in order to solve the problems regarding the marketing of agricultural products in the counties of Hualien and Taitung. As a “distinct distributor”, Yu-Rong Peng visits all over Hualien and Taitung to make contact with the local farmers, purchasing their agricultural products at reasonable prices. He also actively assists farmers in transforming their planting to organic and more eco-friendly methods. Yu-Rong Peng insists on visiting farms by himself in order to guarantee the health of consumers. In addition, to allow consumers taste high-quality agricultural products all year around, to enhance product value, and to expand marketing channels, Yu-Rong Peng continues to put forth efforts toward food processing and product package designing. He strives for innovation, researching, and developing new products and is dedicated to the concerns of both domestic and international agricultural information at all times. Yu-Rong Peng not only cares about local industries, but also sees new industrial opportunities in the Hua-tung area.
Waking in the academy of farm, walking in the new world of life  
Yung Ching Luo, who set up his life goal during senior high school, wants to write a book that can still be read hundreds of years later. He subsequently joined a mountain service group during college. From that experience, he changed his major from foreign literature to anthropology, and his destiny started to connect with Taiwan’s aborigines.
Because of his interest in knowing how people can utilize plant specialtiesand tribal life, he has resided in a tribe for a long time. He believes that the way to deeply understand a place is to immerse oneself in the local life, thus allowing his studies to bond with the local culture. He once held a special tribe trip, called “The beauty and sand sadness of Dawu.” He hopes to make people know about the problems caused by the local quarry by experiencing local life. However, it turned out to arouse the focus of local police.
Spending a long time in fieldwork, Yung Ching became isolated from his aging parents. He then decided to take his family to live in Yuli in order to fulfill his wish that his parents and his young child could be able to live together in the countryside and feel free from any cares of the world. In 2014, he established “The Spring House and Fieldwork Station” and made it into a folk school by holding lectures such as topics on the history of eastern Taiwan, wild vegetables, and assisting college students for a course of social practice. He wants to makepeople know more about aboriginal culture. Therefore, he works to transform his specialties and make them popular and interesting, instead of making them into difficult academic papers. In the same year, he helped the Environmental Protection Administration of the Executive Yuan to publish “The environmental wisdom of Taiwan aborigines, which is the first book collecting environmental wisdom from 14 different ethnics. Taking on the multiple roles of a Ph.D. holder of Culture Anthropology and Developmental Sociology from Leiden University, the son-in-law of a member of Taitung’s Dawu Paiyuan tribe, the new father, and the main caretaker of his elderly parents, he sometimes feels frustrated and tired, yet he keeps walking on this path, talking part in the academy of the farm and experiencing the new world of countryside life.
The Social Enterprise of Going Back to Hometown as A Farmer: Chi-Yen Lu’s story  
Chi-Yen Lu, who used to work in the information industry, decided to quit his job five years ago, because of his father’s car accident, which interrupted his career as a farmer. He found the problems his hometown is facing, like aging farmers, poor market for crops, the exploitation by merchants. Therefore, he established “Shoufeng Image”, which is a sales platform. It helps local farmers sell their own products and also provides customers a way to buy food that producers take responsibility for. It further shortens the distance between customers and producers due to direct buying. He also donates part of the profits to minorities and provides opportunities for young people to come back to their hometown as farmers. Chi-Yen Lu carries many missions on his shoulder, such as taking care of his father, dealing with busy farming, and maining his Internet sales platform and bricks-and-mortar shop. He also still goes to school. Now, he is studying to get adoctoral degree in finance from NDHU. The road for young people going back to their hometown as farmers seems difficult. Chi-Yen Lu’s father has different viewpoints on farming and selling crops, sometimes leading to conflicts with his son. However, Chi-Yen Lu regards young people’s mission as solving such disagreements. He thinks young people going back to their hometown as farmers is a way of paying back their social responsibility, because the loss of young people from the countryside has created a big social problem for the elderly still there.
Young people going back to their hometown as farmers create the spirit of social enterprises. Different from old farmers, modern youths have begun to run marketing programs, managing, making presentations, writing projects in order toapply for funding, and delivering speeches to share their own experiences. Moreover, while these young people seem to carry a greater burden and feel more pressure, they are able to use more different social media resources to create ways of going back to their hometown by innovating, producing, and selling homegrown products.