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

Agenda Bangkok – What Are Really Important Issues for Bangkok

Agenda Bangkok is SIU’s latest project in the time preparing for the next Bangkok Governor election in January 2013.

Agenda Bangkok is SIU’s latest project in the time preparing for the next Bangkok Governor election in January 2013.

Photo from 3rd Agenda Bangkok workshop at Chulalongkorn University

Since we are all tired of repetitive proposals from all candidates including the new BTS/MRT lines, flood prevention and promise of new parks (which almost never happened), we need a better approach for solid and practical proposals from future candidates.

Agenda Bangkok project gathers many stakeholders of Bangkok everyday life. From students and youths to former Bangkok governors, we ask them to give their thought what are really important issues for Bangkok administration.

The project is comprised of few parts:

  • Deep interviews of “Bangkok experts” who really worked for the job.
  • Three workshops from scholars and Bangkokians
  • Online activity including Facebook

So far SIU has interviewed two experts: former governor Apirak Kosayodhin and former MRT governor (also ex-candidate for Bangkok governor) Prapat Chongsanguan. Their interviews (in Thai) are published on our Siam Intelligence web site.

All three workshops are done and we will publish 10 essential issues for future Bangkok soon. The preview of issues is available from Siam Intelligence web site.