Module 12 – Right Livelihood and Alternative Markets: A learning journey

Venue: at Wongsanit Ashram, with learning journeys to Central Thailand

(Narumon Paiboonsittikun)

Thailand is home to significant number of working models of community-based financial and banking systems that have been expanding and competing with existing conventional economic systems. We will visit and learn from these examples, exploring different concepts and drawing on their lessons learned over decades of implementation, including their contribution to wider community regeneration and self-governance.

During our journey we will be taking a closer look at why Growth Domestic Product (GDP) is an insufficient economic indicator and what alternative indicators already exist. Moving beyond purely economic towards local and community scale indicators for economic vibrancy and well-being, we will explore different guiding values for economic life and look at how collaborative consumption and peer-to-peer networks are already offering new pathways to engaging in right livelihood. Drawing on practical examples that people have adopted to build alternative markets for exchange and interaction, we will explore different options on how to ‘plug the leaks’ that drain local wealth in favour of multi-nationals and their stakeholders. We will examine how social innovation and entrepreneurship, e.g. social enterprise, producer-consumer platforms (CSA, farmer markets etc.) can help transition towards a world where a strong global economy is the result of effective collaboration between vibrant local and regional economies.

Topics covered:

  • Concept of right livelihood
  • From GDP to GNH and other alternative measures of community economic success and vibrancy
  • Alternative markets: eco-social enterprise & eco-community enterprise (production, distribution, consumption)
  • Self-governance
  • Local/ community banking
  • Collaborative consumption (consumer movement)
  • Peer to peer networks (support system/ mentorship)

 

Case Studies:

  • Nong Sarai (visit)
  • Aphaibhubejhr hospital (visit)
  • Trad provice – Sajia (visit)
  • Agro-forest (visit)
  • Impaeng (invited representative)
  • Koh Yao Noi (invited representative)
  • Mae Tha (invited representative)
 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Day

Activity

Location

1

Introduction and Orientation

Wongsanit Ashram

2

Aphaibhubejhr hospital

+ Evening wrap up

Aphaibhubej
Prachinburi

3

Agroforestry

+ Travel to Trad province (PM)

Agroforestry

 – Trad

4

Community banking in Trad province

+ Evening wrap up

Trad

 

5

 

DAY OFF

Easy travel to Nong Sarai + stop on the beach

 

 

Trad – Nong Sarai

6

DAY OFF

 

Nong Sarai, Kanchanaburi

7

Wrap up of PART 1 (morning)

CASE STUDIES Discussion panel: Community Initiatives, presentations and discussion

Exploring Nong Sarai (PM)

Nong Sarai

8

CASE STUDIES Discussion panel: Community Initiatives, presentations and discussion (AM)

Exploring Nong Sarai (PM)

Nong Sarai

9

THEORETICAL Discussion panel on Redefining “market” (AM)

Small Group Work (PM)

Nong Sarai

10

THEORETICAL Discussion panel on Redefining “market” (AM)

Small Group Work (PM)

Nong Sarai

11

Summary, Wrap up, and Building Support Systems for the Future

Small Group Work Presentation

Nong Sarai