Rotary District 3450 conference presentation Feb 22-23 2013 - Sustainability & Peace


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Rotary District 3450 conference presentation Feb 22-23 2013 - Sustainability & Peace

  1. 1. Sustainability and Peace 54th District Conference (Feb 22-23, 2014) Rotary District 3450
  2. 2. About Myself • • • • • Born and raised in Hong Kong Moved to Thailand about 3 years ago Started Adams Organic in Thailand Getting involved with local farmers and farming communities Graduated from the Rotary Peace Program Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) in Aug 2013 • Sponsored by Rotary District 3450 • Current focus is on rural sustainable development and helping farmers to grow and market their organic produces
  3. 3. My Classmates
  4. 4. About the Rotary Peace Program at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) • Fully funded by Rotary Foundation • Eleven week of intensive course in Bangkok • Designed as a comprehensive overview of the peace studies and conflict resolution fields. • Objective: To build up a global community of peace builders, Rotary Peace Center hopes to make a lasting contribution to peace and communities across the globe.
  5. 5. Study Objectives • Centered on the core themes of conflict analysis and mapping, conflict tracking, conflict transformation, and peace building. • Provide solid theoretical understanding of the concepts. • Experience sharing from peace practitioners across the world, e.g Palestine, Africa, Southern Thailand • Students from different background and countries
  6. 6. “Making Peace by supporting sustainable living”
  7. 7. 15 Global Challenges facing humanity
  8. 8. Global Dialogue on Sustainable Development 2013 - First, Examine our values • Which value systems can drive business towards sustainable futures for tomorrow? • Sufficiency Economy Philosophy • Moral Capitalism • Sustainable Leadership All based on moderate forms of capitalism e.g. Rhineland capitalism
  9. 9. 1. Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) • HM King Bhumibol introduced SEP decades ago (Thailand) • SEP balance capitalism’s push for growth with moderation and ethical behaviour • Components of SEP • Moderation • Reasonableness – evaluate choices & consequences • Incorporate resilience (against internal & external risks) Plus • Wisdom • Integrity • Example: Mae Fah Luang Foundation • (
  10. 10. 2. Moral Capitalism “Moral Capitalism is a field theory that integrates intangible moral considerations with traditional micro and macro economic postulates. In sum, Moral Capitalism asserts that interest and virtue are not necessarily in conflict; that virtue is an extension of interest rightly understood.” Caux Round Table (
  11. 11. 3. Sustainable leadership • Sustainable leadership incorporates… • Those behaviors, practices and systems that create enduring value for all stakeholders • By Gales Avery & Harald Bergsteiner • See:
  12. 12. Honeybee & Locust philosophies • Honeybees • Work as part of a community • Collaborate to create value • Add value to the world • Locust • Are generally isolates • Form swarms • Destroy value in the world
  13. 13. Honeybee enterprises • See themselves as part of a wider community • Believe their success depends on the support of others in the community • Take care of the present for future generations • Prefer a long-term perspective • Stakeholders matter • Ethical • Money is not central
  14. 14. Locust organizations • • • • • It’s all about money “business of business is business (Charles Handy) Isolated from the wider community Short-term thinking Investors not other stakeholders
  15. 15. Honeybee leadership more sustainable • Research shows that honeybee principles lead to better performance, eg. • • • • • Brand & reputation Customer satisfaction Staff satisfaction Financial performance on many criteria Stock performance is better and less violatile • Honeybee leadership creates resilience
  16. 16. Business case for honeybee practices • Sustainable Leadership: Honeybee and Locust Approaches 2011 By Gales Avery & Harald Bergsteiner • The business case for a wide range of sustainable or “honeybee” practices
  17. 17. In a nutshell…
  18. 18. Rotary Peace Study Media literacy Genocide Journalism Capacity building Gender Conflict Transitional justice Conflict Transformation Security Sector Reform Conflict Analysis What is Peace? Trauma and self-care Human Trafficking Conflict Resolution Causes of Conflict Mediation Post Conflict Reconstruction
  19. 19. Rotary Peace Study • Main drivers for conflict • • • • • Poverty Inequality Human Rights abuse Fight for national resources Education and earning opportunities • This is especially the case in the rural area • Leading to many issues, e.g. human trafficking
  20. 20. Rural = Farming community Enviroment Weather BAD Externalities Communities Water GOOD Externalities Seeds suppliers Equipment suppliers Intruders Soil Fertilizer suppliers Pest Control suppliers Other farmers Farm Technology suppliers Financing Farm workers
  21. 21. Challenges facing our current agriculture industry Global Climate Change Legal/Illegal Immigrant Water pollution & depleting water table Lack proper access Aging Population Outside National Power Grid Under representation Focus only on survival Cross Border Human Trafficking Digital divide Low Land grab, Resources Extreme Militants Lack formal education Polarization Inadequate facilities
  22. 22. Core Issues De-urbanization Urbanization Rebuild Rural Communities Deserting Rural Communities Economic Development & Industrialization Environmental Conflict Environment Protection Rural Livelihood Deprivation Improve Rural Livelihood Find solution in reversing the cycle
  23. 23. Core Issues De-urbanization Urbanization Rebuild Rural Communities Deserting Rural Communities Economic Development & Industrialization Environmental Conflict Environment Protection Rural Livelihood Deprivation Improve Rural Livelihood Find solution in reversing the cycle
  24. 24. The future of our next generation…
  25. 25. Proposal to the Rotary community • Support rural agriculture development • Support more vocational training in the agriculture sector • Focus on sustainable farming practice, especially organic farming • Support local farmers • Or simply be conscious in your consumption and eating Survival  Sufficient  Sustainability
  26. 26. Rotary’s Participation Subject Focus Area Possible Areas for participation Production Farm Level •Capital financing to farmers •Green house installation •Water management improvement, etc… R&D Tertiary institutions •Financial support to institutions •Vocational training, etc… Pest Control Bio-pest control development •R & D support •Capital financing to rural suppliers, etc… Fertilizers Compost and other organic fertilizers •R & D support •Capital financing to rural suppliers, etc… Seeds Seeds bank •R & D support •Seeds bank establish, etc… Technologies Renewable energy Social media Mobile technologies •R & D support •Capital financing to rural suppliers •Social internet network for info sharing •Buyer/Seller internet network •Mobile network for instant info, etc…. Logistics Distributive network •Provide logistic support to local NGOs, etc… Rotarians Buy / Consume •Community Support Agriculture (CSA), etc…
  27. 27. Essence of sustainable agriculture • • • • • • • • • Production is sustainable. Enhance economic development and environment protection. Introduce new technology and methodology Facilitate young creative entrepreneurs and educated participants Create jobs and vocational training Recreate community development and bio-diversity Provide good quality food for well-being. By focus on local consumption, reduces carbon footprints It works with our one and only one ecosystem
  28. 28. Let’s work together for better world! Rotary District Peace  Love  Hope
  29. 29. Thank you Rotarians!
  30. 30. “Making Peace by supporting sustainable living” Spencer Leung @ bangkok Rotary Peace Fellow 2013