of soaring & dreaming

August 31, 2008

A Dream for Bangkok

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issues, stakeholder analysis & interactions

Group output re: issues, stakeholder analysis & interactions

During the Sustainable Communities training I attended for two weeks in August, our group was assigned to work on a case study re: Bangkok’s transport system. The other groups had their own case studies, such as the coastal erosion in Bangkunthien, urban planning in Chiangmai, and tourism in Chiangmai. During the last day of the training, all groups had to make a presentation of the group outputs, i.e. our dream relevant to the topic and any innovative solutions we could suggest.

We were told about the details of this major presentation a few days prior to the presentation itself. So all groups, except ours, started their meetings to discuss and prepare. As for our group, we just told each other to start thinking about it and then we would just meet the day before the presentation to discuss and finalize. We had less than a day to prepare the details and presentation materials as we started around 10 am. Then in the afternoon we still had a session which was sort of diverted us from our case study preparations. After the session we had maybe a couple of hours to resume, then we left for Ayutthaya for our farewell dinner. So it was only after we came back that we again resumed our preparations (about past 9pm) and finally dispersed at nearly 1 am of the following day.

Anyway, we were able to organize our presentation in such a way that we enjoyed both the preparation and the actual presentation itself. We had both the serious and fun stuff, as well as a creative way in our presentation. We presented our dream as we had discussed in previous group sessions, and then we also asked the other participants to draw their dream for Bangkok in year 2020. Then we had an interactive game containing vehicles, non-motorized transport and arrows to be played by different stakeholders. We ended our presentation with a rap-song rendition entitled, “Bangkok, City of Smiles”. The words are written below:

Bangkok, city of smiles

You bring happiness to our lives

Waking up in the morning

We can hear the birds singing

We can smell the air so sweet

We can face life, without any grief.

Stepping out into your streets

We feel clean, we feel free

No more sickness, no more worries

Enjoying life with friends and families.

Safety and protection

Energy conservation

Efficient, effective transportation

Sustainable for all generations.

Kids, youth, adults, elderly

Students, tourists, workers, employees

Working together, everybody

Making Bangkok a livable city. © ANS

A better Bangkok … for them…

August 22, 2008

Training ended

The past two weeks had been very hectic. I was so busy with my participation in the Sustainable Communities Course that I had no time at all to write in this blog. I was planning to make a training diary but I did not have the time. And time just flew so fast! And today we had our closing ceremonies. Prior to that we had our presentation of our group case study. Our group used a variety of styles in presenting our message – our dream for Bangkok’s transportation and energy situation. We had a brief reporting, then some interactive activities with the other participants who role played as the stakeholders. We had them draw their own dream for Bangkok’s transport system, how they see it in year 2020; then there was a game similar to snakes and ladders, but this time it could be called, vehicles and arrows! We had the whole group engaged in doing these activities and it was really fun! Then our finale was a song and rap presentation of a poem yours truly wrote. Will post that here later. We sang the chorus to the tune of Happy Birthday so that it is easy to remember the music. Then the verses we rapped or chanted them. We had bongos and Indian drums with us. I have to look for photos of today’s activity and post them here. The media unit was there to video the proceedings!

We had an evaluation session later after lunch and then the certificate ceremony! Two weeks have passed and new friendships and networks have been formed. We hope we can continue to exchange and discuss issues affecting our places and communities and learn from each other! Au revoir!

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