Book: Redefine Thailand

“Redefine Thailand” is the latest book from SIU. We will try to answer the question “What actually is Thailand?” from the cultural, historical and social viewpoint.

Redefine Thailand

Redefine Thailand” is the latest book from SIU. We will try to answer the question “What actually is Thailand?” from the cultural, historical and social viewpoint.

We believe that the chronic and ongoing conflict of Thailand will need a newer definition of Thailand, from the root of the society itself. This book is the complement to our big and challenging theme “Repositioning Thailand”, which we tried to answer it from economical viewpoint in our previous book “Transform Thailand“. Please see our beginning statement of the project (in Thai).

Redefine Thailand project had interviewed some key social thinkers and scholars on the same questions “What actually is Thailand?” and let these people express their opinion on our challenge. Here are the listed of people in this book (with a link to published interview article):

  • รศ.ดร.กฤตยา อาชวนิจกุล (Krittaya Atchawanitchakun) Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University
  • รศ.ดร.สุเนตร ชุตินธรานนท์ (Sunait Chutintaranond) Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University
  • พระไพศาล วิสาโล (Phra Paisal Visalo) Scholar Monk
  • นิธิ เอียวศรีวงศ์ (Nidhi Eoseewong) Independent Social Scholar
  • รศ.ดร.พิชาย รัตนดิลก ณ ภูเก็ต (Phichai Rattanadilok Na Phuket) School of Social and Environmental Development, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA)
  • สุภาพ หริมเทพาธิป (Supap Rimthepathip) Editor of Bioscope Magazine
  • ประชา สุวีรานนท์ (Pracha Suveeranont) Independent Designer
  • กานต์ ยืนยง (Kan Yuenyong) SIU Director
  • ศิโรตม์ คล้ามไพบูลย์ (Sirote Klampaiboon) Independent Social Scholar

Book information:

  • Published Date: August 2013
  • ISBN: 978-616-91684-2-3
  • Pages: 224

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Book: Change Agents 2

After our first “Change Agents” book in 2011, now we have the second compilation “Change Agents 2” published. The methodology is the same but with all new faces, interviews of 51 future young leaders who can change their industry.

change-agent-2

After our first “Change Agents” book in 2011, now we have the second compilation “Change Agents 2” published. The methodology is the same but with all new faces, interviews of 51 future young leaders who can change their industry. All of the interviews are available on Transform Thailand project site.

The summary of our press conference for Change Agents 2 is available here (in Thai). The PDF file of Change Agents 2 is embedded below:

Agenda Bangkok – 10 Future Policies

SIU’s latest publication, Agenda Bangkok: 10 Bangkok Future Policies. This is the outcome of our 2012 year long projects “Agenda Bangkok”.

SIU’s latest publication, Agenda Bangkok: 10 Bangkok Future Policies. This is the outcome of our 2012 year long projects “Agenda Bangkok”.

The goal of the project is to encourage a better way for public policy of Bangkok Metropolitan Area. We intentionally prepare this work in schedule with the 2013 Bangkok Governor election and propose our works to many (if not all) candidates as possible.

Agenda Bangkok
Agenda Bangkok

Methodology

We collected and gathered feedback from experienced Bangkok policy stakeholders and three workshops during the year. All the information were processed using foresight technique and summarized into “10 future issues” that Bangkokians should care.

Five experts who used to/still work on Bangkok policy issues:

  • Prateep Ungsongtham Hata (page 3), an NGO who won Magsaysay Award on development policy.
  • Apirak Kosayodhin (page 4), ex-Bangkok governor, now a MP from Democrat Party.
  • Narongsak Poomsrisa-ard (page 5), an executive from CP-ALL Company, the owner of 7-11 convenient store chain.
  • Kochawan Kemaprasit (page 6), an adviser of Private Bangkok Bus Service Association.
  • Prapas Jongsanguan (page 7), the first governor of MRT, he was a Bangkok governor candidate as well.

All the idea from workshops are scored and broken into five sections.

  • Social
  • Technology
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Politics

Outcome

We got 10 future trends of Bangkok City, which you can read them from page 8:

  • Sex In The City
  • Next Generation Labor
  • Bangkok Identity
  • Art For All
  • Emerging Crime
  • Inclusive Space
  • Low Carbon Society
  • AEC Megacities
  • Emerging Rights
  • 360 Degree Leadership

It can be categorized into 4 groups (page 9)

  • ASEANization = urbanization of Bangkok + labour migration + AEC community + ageing society
  • The Big Mango = (similarly to NYC’s Big Apple) Bangkok is Big Mango, center of everything: culture, life, jobs, race, crime from around the world
  • Emerald City = Climate Change will force Bangkok to be Low Carbon Society, utilizing the “space” (physical/mental/cyber) to serve its residents, led by 360 degree leaderships
  • Our Road = the challenge of Bangkok to become “City of Art” depends on new liberal generation but they are in conflict with the conservative power that has ruled Bangkok for ages.

More info is available (in Thai) at Siam Intelligence site.

The Work

Response from Candidates

We also request for interview to all Bangkok governor candidates. So far we got chance to interview and talk with them about 10 future trends in Agenda Bangkok project. All interviews are in Thai.

Media Attentions

The project has got a lot of attention from Thailand’s media, including newspapers, magazines and TV programs:

Voice TV

Thai PBS, 10 February 2013

Book: Transform Thailand

SIU’s third book about the need of “Economical Transformation” for Thailand in the next decade.

Transform Thailand

Transform Thailand is SIU’s third book.

Transform Thailand discussed about the need of “Economical Transformation” for Thailand in the next decade. Thailand has transformed itself once since 1960s from purely agricultural countries to industrialization. The export-led growth had driven the country quite well for nearly 50 years. However the 1997 financial crisis destroyed Thailand’s dream as a ‘newly industrialized country’ (NIC) and the fifth ‘Asian Tiger’.

As 2010s, Thailand’s current growth engine nearly reaches its limit. Our production sector can’t elevate to the next level of technological advance while the cost-driven advantage is highly competed by emerging economies. The usual Middle-income trap.

Thailand needs to find a new unique positions in the globalized world to survive in the next century. This book discusses possible scenarios Thailand could be in the near future. We interviewed many Thai public figures, scholars, politicians who once directed the country to see their dream of the ‘Next Thailand’.

The Interviewees List

  • Pansak Vinyarat – Former Chief Policy Adviser of the Prime Minister
  • Pridiyathorn Devakula – Former Deputy Prime Minister and Governor of the Bank of Thailand
  • Surakiart Sathirathai – Former Deputy Prime Minister
  • Korbsak Sabhavasu – Former Deputy Prime Minister
  • Nipon Poapongsakorn – President of Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)
  • Suvit Maesincee – Director of Sasin Institute for Global Affairs (SIGA)
  • Songsak Saicheua – Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission for the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Kirida Bhaopichitr – Senior Economist, World Bank

Book Information

  • Published Date: November 2011
  • ISBN: 978-974-8469-43-0
  • Editor: Isriya Paireepairit
  • Pages: 184
  • Price: 230 Baht

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Book Sample

Transform Thailand – Sample

Book: Change Agents

SIU second book “Change Agents ผู้นำรุ่นใหม่เพื่อการเปลี่ยนแปลง” is the collection of 50 new generation youth leaders who are rising stars in the his/her industries.

SIU second book “Change Agents ผู้นำรุ่นใหม่เพื่อการเปลี่ยนแปลง” is the collection of 50 new generation youth leaders who are rising stars in the his/her industries. We call them the “Change Agents” who can bring changes and modernization to Thai society in the near future.

This book is based on the interviews from Transform Thailand project, supported by the Thai Health Foundation. The audio clips of all Change Agents are available on Transform Thailand web site.

Book Information

  • Published Date: August 2011
  • ISBN: 978-616-235-053-5
  • Editor: Pichate Yingkiattikun
  • Pages: 213
  • Price: 180 Baht (The book is on sale at Chula Book Center)

More information from Siam Intelligence page (in Thai)

Change Agents (in Thai)

  • ชานนท์ คูณนนท์
  • ดารัตน์ หล่อนน้อย
  • พลภัทร์ หิรัญเรือง
  • ปราศรัย เจตสันติ์
  • ปองขวัญ สวัสดิภักดิ์
  • สโรชา ราชวงศ์
  • บุญญรัตน์ กิตติวรวุฒิ
  • กิตตินันท์ หิรัญวงษ์
  • อรฉัตร นิยมสุข
  • นวพล ธำรงรัตนฤทธิ์
  • พีธากร ศรีบุตรวงษ์
  • วาวไพลิน ช่อวิเชียร
  • สัณห์ชัย โชติรสเศรณี
  • พันธุ์อาจ ชัยรัตน์
  • ไกลก้อง ไวทยาการ
  • แบ๊งค์ งามอรุณโชติ
  • นภัสนันท์ ศรีไพศาล
  • สีตลา ชาญวิเศษ
  • พัชร เกิดศิริ
  • วันรัก สุวรรณวัฒนา
  • ซายูตี สาหลำ
  • ชัชพล ยังวิริยะกุล
  • นภพัฒน์จักษ์ อัตตนนท์
  • พีรณัณทร์ สุขโข
  • อภิธนะ จีรวงศ์ไกรสร
  • ภัทชา ด้วงกลัด
  • ภัทรา พิบูลธนเกียรติ
  • สิริวัฑฒก์ วัฒนกูล
  • เธียรขวัญ พงศ์ปรีชา
  • จักรพงษ์ คงมาลัย
  • ชิตพงษ์ กิตตินราดร
  • พันธ์ดา โชติวนิช
  • ปิยะ เดชะศิริ
  • วรนล จันทร์ศิริ
  • ภาณุ ตรัยเวช
  • วิวัฒน์ เลิศวิวัฒน์วงศา
  • วิสาข์ สอตระกูล
  • เบ็นซ์ สุดตา
  • ณัฏฐณิชา รักษาวงศ์
  • ฐิติรัตน์ พิชัยยงค์วงศ์ดี
  • วิจักขณ์ พานิช
  • สนติพีร์ เอมมณี
  • ภาคภูมิ ทิพคุณ
  • อาทิตย์ โกวิทย์วรางกูล
  • วีรพัฒน์ ปริยวงศ์
  • อภิชาติ มานโสม
  • ชาติชาย เพ็งพวง
  • ชาญ รัตนะพิสิฐ
  • ภัทรนันท์ ลิ้มอุดมพร
  • วรรณสิงห์ ประเสริฐกุล

Book Sample

Change Agents Book – Sample

Rethinking Media Reform and Integrated Media Policy Reform 2010-2020

In 2009, SIU team as the committee of Thai Netizen Network conducted the internet part of research project “Rethinking Media Reform and Integrated Media Policy Reform 2010-2020”. This project is the joint research on 4 kinds of media in the future: printed, film, broadcast and internet. The other partners are Thai Film Foundation, Campaign for Popular Media Reform and the Faculty of Communication Art, Chulalongkorn University.

In 2009, SIU team as the committee of Thai Netizen Network conducted the internet part of research project “Rethinking Media Reform and Integrated Media Policy Reform 2010-2020”. This project is the joint research on 4 kinds of media in the future: printed, film, broadcast and internet. The other partners are Thai Film Foundation, Campaign for Popular Media Reform and the Faculty of Communication Art, Chulalongkorn University.

Now the final research outcome is published into a book called “Rethinking Media Reform and Integrated Media Policy Reform 2010-2020”. The digital copy should be available soon. This project was sponsored by Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Rethinking Media Reform and Integrated Media Policy Reform 2010-2020
Rethinking Media Reform and Integrated Media Policy Reform 2010-2020

Book: Think Tank

SIU’s first publication, the “Think Tank” (ถังความคิด) book. It is a wrapup of 12 leaders and scholars interview from Practical Utopia online TV program. The theme is about Thailand’s most controversial conflict in the decade.

SIU’s first publication, the “Think Tank” (ถังความคิด) book. It is a wrapup of 12 leaders and scholars interview from Practical Utopia online TV program. The theme is about Thailand’s most controversial conflict in the decade.

Think Tank
Think Tank

List of interviewees:

  1. Jakrapob Penkair – Former Minister of the Office of Prime Minister and leaders of National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD)
  2. Suriyasai Katasila – Secretary of New Politics Party and Co-ordinator of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD)
  3. Dr. Narong Petprasert – Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University
  4. Dr. Pichit Likitkijsomboon – Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University
  5. Dr. Suvinai Pornavalai – Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University
  6. Kosak Chairatsamisak – Chief Executive Officer, CP All Public Company Limited
  7. Dr. Worachet Pakeerut – Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
  8. Dr. Somkiat Tangkitvanich – Vice President, Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)
  9. Col. Dr. Teeranan Nandhakwang – National Defense Institute, Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters
  10. Ml Nattakorn Devakula – Former Bangkok Governor Candidate
  11. Poldej Pinprateep – Former Deputy Minister of Social Development and Human Security
  12. Dr.Thitinan Pongsudhirak – Director, Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS Thailand) and Lecturer at Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

This book is sponsored by Federic Naumann Foundation.

ISBN: 9789742354336