BACK UP: Bangkok Day 4, Monday

Global Challenges and Opportunities | TA: 10/13, TB: 11/24

Let's go!

In the morning, we will explore the Social Lean Canvas as a tool to think through your ideas and begin using it. We will then have a lunch discussion with the social enterprise Suan Ngern Mee Ma. In the afternoon, we will have free time to relax and get a massage or check out some of Bangkok's unique and fantastic cultural treasures. In the evening, we will explore organic farming and food sustainability with Raitong Organics, Sloane's Artisan Butcher, and Lamai Thai Spirits at a rooftop barbecue.


Please check out the pre-session materials below to make the most of your experience.


Meet for Breakfast: 7:00 am

Beginning time: 8:00 am


Please Note:

Total estimated travel time: 1.5 hour

Estimated outdoor time: 4 hours

Average time between meals: 4 hours


Your Friendly Daily Checklist:

  1. Pen and pencil
  2. Notebook
  3. Folder
  4. Supplementary handouts
  5. Room key
  6. Cash (drinks, souvenirs)
  7. Sunglasses and sunblock


Suggested Hashtags and Twitter Handles

Morning Session: #sarusprogram, #socialleancanvas


Evening Session: #RaitongOrganics, @RaitongOrganics, #GingerFizz, #LamaiThai, @SloanesBKK


and of course, #DSILcourse, @DSILcourse, @sarusprogram, #Thailand are always encouraged.

The Field Itinerary

Activities at a Glance

6:00 am - (Track B) - Optional jogging at Lumpini Park led by Alejandra Lopez. Meet in the lobby of the guesthouse.


6:30 am (TRACK B) - Optional 30 minute meditation and guided imagery led by Sawako Suzuki.

7:00 am - Breakfast


8:00 am - Begin morning session at Bangkok Christian Guesthouse


10:30 am - Depart for SNMM Shop


11:00 am - Brown Bag Lunch with Suan Ngern Mee Ma (SNMM)


1:00 pm - Free time; Optional Visit to the Grand Palace with Hermes Huang


4:00pm - DSIL Reflection Session at the guesthouse


5:15pm- depart accommodation


6:00 pm - Raitong Organics session with Bryan of Raitong Organics, Joe Sloane of Sloane's, and Chikki of Lamai


7:00pm - Dinner

Morning Session: Social Lean Canvas and Organizational Opportunities & Challenges

Monday, Nov. 24th 2014 at 8-10:30am

Bangkok Christian Guest House Bang Rak Bangkok Thailand

Facilitated by the DSIL Leadership Team, we will the social lean canvas in detail and examine one organizational case study. You will have the chance to use the Social Lean Canvas as a tool to think about your personal ideas for social impact.

Brown Bag Lunch with Suan Ngern Mee Ma (SNMM)

Monday, Nov. 24th 2014 at 11am-12:30pm

13°44'55.71"N, 100°29'52.51"E

We will have lunch at Suan Ngern Mee Ma (SNMM), a social enterprise that connects people with organic farmers around Thailand in a cafe bookstore environment. While enjoying freshly prepared organic foods, we will hear about SNMM's story and learn about how they are connecting the Thai public directly with Thai farmers and their products.

Afternoon Session: DSIL Community Reflection

Monday, Nov. 24th 2014 at 4pm

Bangkok Christian Guest House Bang Rak Bangkok Thailand

Evening Session: Rooftop BBQ at Raitong Organics

Monday, Nov. 24th 2014 at 6pm

13°41'57.29"N, 100°36'13.49"E

This workshop will be hosted on the rooftop of Raitong Organics. While enjoying the organic vegetables, fruits and sustainably raised meat, Bryan and Lalana of Raitong will lead a discussion about business communication design. How do you take a new business model (community supported agriculture), create a market and establish a base in an urban community that has grown accustomed to prepared and processed food?

Evening Session: Getting Ready!

Raitong Organics Farm, established in 2012, is a small Thai company. It grew out of the desire to produce healthier food, grown under organic conditions, that would enable farmers and consumers to come closer together in the value chain. Originally starting with organic jasmine rice from their farm in Sisaket, the company has grown to encompass a range of seasonal organic fruit and vegetables from over 70 farmers around Thailand.


Additional food (BBQ) and drinks (cash bar) will be provided by Sloane's, an artisanal butcher working with small farms to promote ethical farming practices and Lamai, Thailand's first premium white rum made with Thailand-sourced sugar cane.


Pre-Session Reading

Community Supported Agriculture Business Model


Recommended Videos (see below)

Food Inc., available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus

Below is a commentary regarding the film with the filmmaker on Youtube.

TheTruth About Your Food with FOOD, INC. Filmmaker Robert Kenner

Evening Speaker: Meet Bryan Hugill and Lalana Srikram from Raitong Organics

Lalana Srikram, born and raised in rural Sisaket to a rice farming family, majored in English Literature at Silpakorn University. She then went on to work for the ThaiCraft Fair Trade Company and Greenpeace SE Asia, and then co-founded her own company, Raitong Organics Farm Co., Ltd. As part of her graduate studies at Thammasat Unversity (International MBA programme, graduated 2012), she developed the CSA Munching Box programme through Raitong, which has since grown into the largest home delivery service for organic fruit and vegetables in Bangkok, supporting some 70 farmers around Thailand and moving about 40+ tons of seasonal produce per year. Lalana currently resides in Bangkok (but is looking to buy farmland and/or an island somewhere idyllic), is married to Bryan Hugill and together they have an 11-month old son, Kieren.

Bryan Hugill, a South African currently residing in Bangkok, trained as a nature conservationist, then went on to work in the environmental sector in South Africa, Switzerland, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Laos, before realising that writing yet another policy wasn't going to make one iota of difference to conservation at the field level. So he resigned from hardcore conservation work and moved into rice farming with his wife Lalana Srikram, figuring that greater achievements could be made through combining the social, environmental and economic aspects of organic farming. He co-founded Raitong Organics Farm Co., Ltd. with Lalana in 2007, learned that organics is not all that different from systems thinking in ecology, hefted untold numbers of rice sacks around, shovelled mountains of pig manure, delivered Munching Boxes, and developed the Ginger Fizz range of 100% natural gingerbeers. And somehow found a bit of time to have a wonderful son with Lalana.