In times when society has become widened with gaps and differences of views and opinions, one issue could be escalated into a crisis if there are no platforms available for appropriate discussion among all concerned.
The media, while informing and inspiring their audience, could also take a role in educating and facilitating the public by providing such platforms, bridging the gap and connecting the dots to create one big picture for better understanding in the society.
Realising such critical roles, Bangkok Tribune, in collaboration with its partners and with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Thailand Office, has therefore come up with a monthly forum on issues of importance under the project, Dialogue Forum.
This is to facilitate and provide a space for discussions and exchanges of dialogues and views regarding critical social and environmental issues and policies both in Thailand and the Mekong region. It not only bridges the gap but also connects the dots, helping forge better understanding among the parties concerned and the public at large, therefore encouraging them to make a better decision about the issues or even find a common ground and seek solutions together.
Over the past few years, the forum has invited a number of parties to come and discuss the issues at the forum; several of them are scholars and leaders in their fields. They have reached some common ground while recommendations and new policies have been proposed for issues of importance such as Green Recovery in Post Covid-19, Climate Change policies, biodiversity in crisis, dam development in the Mekong Basin, and others. (See: https://bkktribune.com/dialogue-forum/)
During the APEC meeting last month, the Thai government’s BCG Economy Model (Bio-Circular-Green Economy Model) had been proposed to APEC leaders for adoption. However, the same economic model was strongly criticised by members of the civil society, who questioned whether or not it’s just “greenwashing”, given the adverse implications and impacts it has caused on several communities when implemented.
Regardless of strong criticism, the government has a strong will to pursue this economic model in a hope that it could lead the country to a more sustainable and resilient development path.
Is BCG “green” enough, or is it just “greenwashing”? Where may “greenwashing” arise? In the concept? Planning? Or implementation? And if it’s not BCG, what kind of “green” development pathway should Thailand take so that it can achieve a sustainable and resilient goal as wished?
The Dialogue Forum would cordially like to invite you to join the discussion and find the best development pathway for the country together at its last forum of the year, Year-end Dialogue Forum 2022: BCG Economy Model; A “Green” Development Pathway? on December 20, 2022, 10 am-3.30 pm at Multi-function Room, 1st Floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
**Due to the Covid protocol, please confirm your participation ahead of the event and present a two-dose vaccination certificate as well as an ATK test result at the venue.
***You can watch the event live on FB Page: Decode.plus, Backpack Journalist, นักข่าวพลเมือง (ThaiPBS), Bangkok Tribune News, ชมรมนักข่าวสิ่งแวดล้อม (Thai SEJ), SEA-Junction
- To develop and introduce a new body of knowledge and innovation (a constructive dialogue platform) regarding the independent and in-depth media to the public (Indie & In-depth)
- To empower public members to be able to keep up with developments as well as repercussions in the society, as well as the role of the media in helping shape the society (Empowering)
- To promote participation in problem-solving and decision-making processes in public policy development in the society (Participatory & Inclusive)
- Decode.plus, Thai PBS
- The Citizen.plus, Thai PBS
- Klang Muang TV Program, Thai PBS
- The Thai Society of Environmental Journalists
- Bangkok Tribune Online News Agency
Supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Thailand Office and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
Indie • in-depth online news agency
to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” with critical and constructive minds on development and environmental policies in Thailand and the Mekong region; to deliver meaningful messages and create the big picture critical to public understanding and decision-making, thus truly being the public’s critical voice