14 – 17 December 2015 at Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University
Four days of exchanges on Mindful Communication and Multi-stakeholder Dialogue towards Sustainable Food Systems, in the context of ASEAN Integration
14 – 15 December: Mindful Communication for ASEAN Integration
The basic assumption of this Mindful Communication seminar is that Buddhist, Hindu and Confucian philosophies, not excluding others, can – even in a context of increasing cultural complexity, growing environmental and socio-economic challenges – shape an approach to communication that can be qualified as mindful and contribute to transforming conflict. Please register directly for this experts’ curriculum development seminar with Dr. Jirayudh Sinthuphan, Department of Speech Communication and Performing Arts Jirayudh.S@chula.ac.th
16 December: Multi-stakeholder Dialogue towards Sustainable Food Systems
The Mindful Communication seminar will be followed by an independent, one day, multi-stakeholder dialogue on “Sustainable Food Systems: Next Steps to the Future” (optional for the media experts).
The dialogue provides an opportunity to practice mindful communication ‘real time’: can stakeholders with both conflicting (food security vs food sovereignty?) as well as converging interests, agree in a context of climate change on a common strategy towards creating sustainable food systems?
How can food producers, (social) enterprises and consumers work together – supported by policy makers, academia and the media – in ‘action-research’ towards the realization of healthy, organic, food for all!
The experimental dialogue will engage a core group of stakeholders from Thailand as well as from the Mekong region + Bhutan. Policy development and action- research initiatives will be discussed in local and national (‘country assessment’), as well as in regional, ASEAN and Asian perspectives. See tentative programme below.
Translation Thai-English and English-Thai will be provided during the whole day of 16 December.
17 December: food excursion and farm visit
The fourth day is an optional day for Towards Organic Asia (TOA) partners and interested participants with an excursion to places in Bangkok and peri-urban areas where the core policy dilemmas regarding communication ethics, organic food production and ‘mindful marketing’ can be experienced and discussed with practitioners.
The organization and registration for 16 and 17 December (dialogue and excursion) is in the hands of Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise, in collaboration with TOA, the School for Wellbeing and Thailand Green Market Network and other partners. Please contact Kittikhun Bhukhongkha firstname.lastname@example.org (in English) and Passara Chuenjid email@example.com (in Thai).
Schedule of Action Research and Multi-stakeholder Dialogue towards Sustainable Food Systems in the context of ASEAN Integration, Wednesday, December 16th 2015, Faculty of Mass Communication, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Registration. Translation will be provided.
09:00 – 10:30
Introduction by Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise team.
“A development plan to convert 15 million rai of conventional agriculture into organic/sustainable practice is envisioned for Thailand. How can we make it happen?”
Ladawan Kumpa , Deputy Secretary, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board
Teera Wongcharoen Chairman, Farmer Council of Chantaburi Province
Kamdueng Pasee, Local Wisdom, Buriram Province
Vichien Phongsathorn, Chairman, Board of Directors of Premier Group