CREATIVE MEDIA WIZARD
Sanon, Mai, Ly and their team are tackling SDG’s 1 and 11. If you want to learn more about the SDG’s click on the pictures. Which SDG would you like to solve? Feel free to ask the Vanguards for advice!!
To empower communities to create a better and livable city
“Do the best with this life, to be of use.”
Thai Young Leaders, One Young World Delegate, Urban Lab
Our aim to raise awareness on the destruction of our cultural heritage fits very well to support the community development work of Sanon and his team of Trawell. Besides cause promotion our passion to craft experiences around urban communities allows us to co-create even deeper community focused experiences that will enhance the work of Trawell. We’re in for a marathon to advance our shared purpose of not only helping our old communities to survive but to create a better future for Bangkok’s forgotten communities.
In 2015 I was part of One Young World summit in Bangkok where youth leaders from all across Thailand were brought together to create a social business idea that will address either poverty, education, environment or health. I chose poverty and through that I met my team May and Ly with whom I competed against many other teams. Our business model convinced the jury and we won a price of 1 million Baht and that was the foundation of Trawell. We basically work two groups, the urban poor and travelers. We see tours or tourism as one of the ways to achieve our goal of creating a livable city for the people but more importantly we focus on co-creating businesses with locals to help them innovate and raise service and product qualities and standards and to enliven their communities. Travelers can help to inject new life, meaning and pride into those communities but this is not done for travelers alone but rather for all the citizens of Bangkok. When I look around and look at Bangkok’s development of the past 10 years then I see a kind of development that overlooks and doesn’t see humans. Not only does development forget humans but we as a society overlook and don’t see the charm of our old communities.
Tourists love our communities but we ourselves look at them as slums, as issues that need to be addressed. We see old buildings and if we look at the people we think of poverty. These are clearly internal threats that threaten the survival of Bangkok’s culture centric living communities. To counter those threats and preserve our heritage we need to bring in external people such as travelers who appreciate and see value in our communities as to inspire the internal people to understand. It’s funny that we listen to ousiders such as foreigners but if we the internal comment on this, we fall on deaf ears. I feel inspired by the creativity of Bangkok’s citizens, our people are our actual strength, how we solve problems, improvise and are able to bring life to potentially every corner of the city is unique. As such we need a city that supports them and not destroy them. That’s what we try to achieve, creating a city from the people for the people, not only the tourists or the wealthy and we believe there’re more people out there who believe that such kind of work is important for Bangkok and we hope together we can all reinvent and co-create our city.
Put together a random bunch of people who do not just complain about the things that go wrong in our country but pro-actively seek way to solve those issues and you have a group such as the one of Trawell. Hailing from different fields such documentary production, TV broadcast and an international business they decided to use their experience and skills to tackle poverty in Thailand. In a competition set out by the One Young World Event they chose poverty as their cause and won 1 million Baht with their idea to co-create poor urban communities with locals to raise the living standards, preserve their heritage and to bring them back on the radar.
They are still at the outset of an exciting and inspiring journey that will positively alter the urban and cultural landscape of Bangkok and we are here to support to them. If you’re interested to support as an intern, volunteer or in a different capacity check out their projects and the things they need and get in touch.