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Thailand: Social Co-Production of Services

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
8/15/2014 9:45:45 PM
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Re: Civic-Mindedness: Priceless
Being responsible is definitely a pillar of a strong society. The environment plays a big role as they say, it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a lone survivor attitude to destroy a community. It is none of my business and no common values.....

CitySolver
CitySolver  
8/1/2014 8:18:59 AM
User Rank Blogger
RE: engagement
That sounds great. Thanks Walter, they thought of prety much everything. Its always my concern that new housing does not displace communities and this sounds like it has addressed those concerns. I think we have a western centric apporach to Urban Design and we have to be careful with how we approach what are often historically, socially, and culturally important sites. It sounds like this has been done. The riverback imporvements sound really good. We need more of this kind of real collaboration, not just open days that a few community leaders come to to pitch in their own vested ideas.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
7/30/2014 10:21:25 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Civic-Mindedness: Priceless
And you know... I get that. When I was growing up in my little town in Connecticut, I was way more into what my friends were doing or which Walkman (!) I wanted to buy with my meager summer job earnings than the future of my community. Also, when I finished college, I moved five times to three states before I found the place that I would call home in adulthood. So I didn't feel a responsibility to invest in one spot. 

Which begets the question - if you're a parent, how do you raise a child who learns to think past his own needs to think about the greater good? How do you cultivate a sense of shared responsibility for place, in terms of environmental- or economic- or social-good factors? Even if you are not a parent, how and to what extent do you try to inculcate in young people a feeling of responsibility for where they live? 

Walter Fieuw
Walter Fieuw  
7/30/2014 9:31:40 AM
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Re: Housing upgrade
Yes absolutely. The communities are very much involved in all the phases of the slum upgrading developments: tenure and land sharing agreements, phasing and scheduling of activities, house design, open spaces, community facilities, loan and grant arrangements, using local contractors for building and ongoing maintenance, etc etc. When we visited the 7 projects around Bangkok, I was really impressed by the level of input and understanding of everyday neighbors. They knew a lot about the whole upgrading process.

You mention the preservation of heritage along the river canals. Thailand is a very religious Buddhist country so there are religious and cultural symbols, altars and meeting places all around. The river upgrading was done in a very sensitive way. We also visited a project in which an ailing natural mangrove was restored to its former health using elevated walkways and planting indigenous trees again. 

The support is CODI runs a decentralised model of housing support centres in 7 regions, servicing 71 of Thailand's 77 provinces. Its quite a big operation, headquatered in its five story building in Bangkok. 

Then there is also the wider South East Asian exchange network, mainly facilitated by Asian Coalition for Housing Rights. They have this network called the Community Architects Network, through which additional technical support is delivered, mostly to countries struggling with urban issues. 

CitySolver
CitySolver  
7/30/2014 9:16:27 AM
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Housing upgrade
I think its great people are getting upgraded. What kind of input was given to residents regarding the design or site of thier new housing. Was green space kept and the connection to the canal as aprt of heritage preservation?

Walter Fieuw
Walter Fieuw  
7/30/2014 3:46:18 AM
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Re: Civic-Mindedness: Priceless
Hi Amy. I am in agreement that these programmes have a lasting impact. The sense of communtiy well being - not only the day to day interactions, but also the institutional capacity to mitigate again land-hungry private developers - was noticeable during our visits. 

I must say that on at least two occations the older ladies and gents, the "community leaders", remarked that the next generation was not that interested in matters relating to their new neighborhoods. People are more interested in the latest smart phone and tablet than arranging meetings relating to neighborhood issues... I guess this is a trend that is apparent world-wide, and we need to engage the sustenance of community organisations, lest technology pacify people's political and civic identities...

Walter Fieuw
Walter Fieuw  
7/30/2014 3:41:40 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Other examples?
Hi Kim and kq4ym. Yes I conceed that these are contextual innovations - isn't all public policy?! 

The reason I say there are few good examples of co-production is that the soul of these initiatives are usually stripped out due to lack of ongoing support or total withdrawal of government support, the reliance on volunteerism, and that its just repackaged as top-down information sharing "participation". 

The CODI model has sustained this deep level of community participtation - not just in the initial project "design", but also in construction, maintenance, and a range of social services - for more than 30 years. Before CODI was founded in 2000, its urban and rural counterparts have been in operation since the mid 1980s. 

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
7/29/2014 2:55:14 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Civic-Mindedness: Priceless
Walter, I loved this piece. I really appreciate when you and other FC columnists introduces me to regional city programs like this around the world that have an array of good outcomes to report.

It is very shrewd and also cost-effective to emphasize citizen support and input for such a project. People naturally tend to take greater pride in ownership when their thoughts are heard and the resulting ideas put into practice. And, pride begets pride from one generation to the next. The project you describe here has already moved into the next generation.

Our sense of where we come from is stronger when we care about our community's well-being as well as that of our immediate family and friends. You can't put a price on cultivating civic-mindedness, nor on reaping the benefits of it.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
7/29/2014 1:03:03 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Other examples?
With a history going back 15 years, I would guess the model is well suited for the areas involved. I would think that there are more of like projects duplicating this seeming success as well.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
7/29/2014 11:04:23 AM
User Rank Staff
Other examples?
I'm surprised at Walter's contention that this approach isn't widespread.  Surely there are more examples of structured collaboration between governments and communities?

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