Fellow Since 1994
This profile was prepared when Chaiwat Thirapantu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1994.
As a country in transition, Thailand's rapid economic development has been accompanied by social, political and infrastructure problems that come to a head in Bangkok, its large and sprawling capital. Chaiwat Thirapantu organized the Bangkok Forum as a way for citizens to reclaim and reinvent their city, and to increase their participation in decisions both large and small that profoundly affect their lives and living environment.
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