The Power of Participatory Community: Lessons Learned from Bangkokian Experience

  • Parichart Sthapitanonda
  • Chaiwat Thirapantu


The complexity of today’s megacities can make people question the meaning of the term “community.” In the past, when we thought of community, we might have mentioned physical characteristics of the community, such as buildings, highways, markets, and groups of individual publics who could live independently in urban areas. The concept of community could also apply to congested areas or slums in urban environments, and the chaotic life in the city, as well as community problems such as pollution, crimes, drugs, and the like.


Civil Society Community Leader Public Participation Community Resident Participatory Action Research 
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  • Parichart Sthapitanonda
  • Chaiwat Thirapantu

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