Module 24 – Community Organising & Exposure Visit

  31st January -12th February 2019 (13 days) in S Thailand

 

(Khao Lak, Phuket, Ko Yao Noi)



Module Description:

         Most social change initiatives without serious people’s participation do not last. Community organizing for empowerment is a fine art with people participation as a core value.  Although it takes time and the process is complicated, it warrants serious attention from community change leaders as the outcome is more likely to sustain.  Participants will visit some success stories of communities that have gone through this process and learn about how they moved from community organising around single issues, to a social movement for structural change. We will review how they have arrived at the present point, linking the practices and theories behind them and pondering their possibilities for success and failure in the future.      

 

Learning Goal

         To empower participants from diverse successful stories of grassroot people and inspire them to participate in community organising work in their own areas


Learning Outcomes

         Participants will:

  1. understand the conceptual framework, methodology and principles of community organising work and values of people participation and organisation
  2. be exposed to the skills involved with community organizing in the world of capitalisation
  3. have ability to analyse the community issues and structural violence

Learning Themes and Schedule

        

31 January – 12 February, 2019

 

DateActivities
31st Jan – 1st FebIntroduction to Community Organising by Boonlert Wisetpreecha &
Abhayuth Chantrabha ( who have a long experience and
expertise in community organising)
2nd - 3rd JanVisit the poor communities that have been organised and empowered.

See the overall picture of community organizing.

18.30 on the 3rd JAN Travel by Train to Surat Thani station
Monday 4th, Feb

6.30

7.00

8.30 – 10.30

10.30 – 12.00

12.00 – 13.00

13.30 – 15.00

15.00 – 18.00

18.00 – 19.00



19.00


Arrive Surat Thani

Breakfast in Surat Thani

Travel to Takuapa District, Phang-Nga

Check in homestay and take rest

Lunch

Visit Namkhem Community

Community Organising after Tsunami in 2004

Outdoor activities on the beach near Tsunami Memorial Park

(eg. rowing a canoe, exploring the forest, etc.)

Dinner (seafood)

Rest time / Stay at Namkhem community
Tues, 5th Feb

07.00 – 08.00

08.00 – 09.00

09.00 – 12.00







12.00 – 13.00

13.00 – 15.00

15.00 – 15.30

15.00 – 17.00

17.00 – 18.00


Breakfast

Travel to Rommanee Community

Learn from the community on the issues of

– Community Organising

– Community Financial Management/ Welfare

– The community para rubber market

Lunch

Draw lessons learned / discussion

Break time / snack

Explore the area / bathe in the hot spring

Travel to stay in Tabtawan community (Sea Gypsy community)
Wed, 6th Feb

07.30 – 08.30

09.00 – 12.00









12.00 – 13.00

13.00 – 16.00

16.00 – 18.00

18.00 – 19.00


Breakfast at Tabtawan

Learn on ‘Ethnic Minority Group Organising’

– Community organizing in the midst of social conflicts and social bias

– Movement for Fighting Back Against Land Seizures

– Sustainable Community Development & Regeneration

– Community Tourism (as a strategy)

Lunch

Livelihood of Sea Gypsies on the Andaman sea (Tabtawan

Visit ‘Khao Khai Nui’ mountain / Coconut field

Dinner on the top of Khao Khai Nui

Rest time / Stay in guesthouse on the mountain
Thurs, 7th Feb

05.00 – 07.30

07.30 – 08.30

08.30 – 09.30

09.30 – 12.00











12.00 – 13.00

13.00 – 15.00

15.00 – 18.00

18.00 – 19.00


See the sea of fog on Khao Khai Nui

Breakfast

Travel to Tabyang community, Tai Mueng district

(about 20 kilometers)

Community Organising : Failure in the land rights movement

– Community empowerment from the failure

– Community organising for policy change

– Human Resource Development : A new strategy

– Tools, Mechanism, Legal Process, and Policy Change Movement

Lunch

Discussion / Wrap up

Livelihood of the community

Dinner
Friday, 8th Feb

07.00 – 08.00

08.30 – 12.30

12.30 – 13.30

13.30 –17.00

17.30 – 18.00

18.00 – 19.00


Breakfast

Community Organising : Phang Nga, a city of happiness

Lunch

Afternoon Session

Travel to Koh Kiem Seafood restaurant

Dinner

Rest Time
Saturday, 9th Feb

07.00 – 08.00

08.00 – 12.30

12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 15.00

15.00 – 17.30

17.30 – 18.00

18.00 – 19.00


Breakfast

Travel to Koh Panyee island (the floating island)

Lunch on Koh Panyee

Travel to Koh Yao Noi

Sightseeing around the island

Dinner/ Check in Homestay

Rest time
Sunday, 10th Feb

07.00 – 08.00

09.00 – 12.30





12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 15.00

14.00 – 15.00

15.00 – 17.30

17.30 – 18.00

18.00 – 19.00


Breakfast

Livelihoods of Koh Yao district, Community Management

– sightseeing around the island

– waste management

Lunch

– From waste to organic fertilizer

– rice farming in the coastal area

Rest Time / On the beach

Dinner/ Homestay
Sat, 11th Feb

07.30 – 08.30

09.00 – 12.00











12.00 – 13.00

13.30 – 18.00

18.00 – 20.00


Breakfast

Discussion on ‘from conflict to cooperation in the District’

– How they shifted from conflict

– How to find collective goals

– How to build up cooperation/ community organization

– Tools and Supporting Movement

– The present situation

Lunch

Livelihood of local people, sightseeing, visit the lobster farm

Dinner / Rest Time
Tues, 12th Feb

07.00 – 08.00

08.00 – 12.00

12.00 – 13.00

13.00 – 15.00


Breakfast

Phang Nga to Chumphon province

Lunch at Khun Sarai Restaurant

Travel to Bornok for the next module




 

Recommended readings and websites:

Book:

Pyles, Loretta, 2009. Progressive Community Organizing: A Critical. Approach for a Globalizing World.New York, NY: Routledge.

 

PDFs

Alinsky, SD, 1971. Rules for Radicals[Online]. Retrieved From: https://chisineu.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/saul-alinsky-rules-for-radicals-1989.pd

Bhatkal, Tanvi and Lucci, Paula, 2015. Community-driven development in the slums: Thailand’s experience[Online]. Blue Delliquanti. Retrieved From: https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/9669.pdf

Nattawut Usavagovitwong, 2012. Successful Approaches to National Slum Upgrading and Prevention, Thailand[Online]. Housing Study Unit Center for Integrated Socio-Spatial Research. Retrieved From: https://www.spu.ac.th/architecture/files/2012/10/Working-paper-series-No_71.pdf

Movies and Documentaries:

 Abhayuth Chantrabha. Urban Poor Movement in Indonesia. Retrieved From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSAdEUuWI1A&t=2436s&list=WL&index=66

 Director, Smith, Miranda, 1989. Chico Mendes: Voice of the Amazon. USA: Miranda Productions Inc.

 

Hand-outs/ Powerpoints During Module:

PPT Community Organising