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
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…