Yongchai Jerdampai

Ashoka Fellow
Thailand,
Fellow Since 1992
Techno Life Co., Ltd.

Citation

This profile was prepared when Yongchai Jerdampai was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
The New Idea
Yongchai's communications network will be quicker, more substantive, more flexible, and less expensive than what is currently possible via phone or fax. The network will also increase understanding and cooperation between organizations working in urban and rural areas.Yongchai states, "A prerequisite for effective social action is access to relevant information. Accurate and timely information is necessary to understand a situation, to plan and coordinate actions, to prepare convincing material for campaigns, to acquire human and material resources." Yonchai's goal in creating this computer network is to create new, more responsive communication between service organizations. Computer communications are faster, cheaper, and more effective than other means. While the network will originally concentrate on providing e-mail communications between organizations, an information system to support social development activities will be a natural product of the network. Through the network, activists and social action organizations will be able to share up-to-date information on their activities, research, political analysis, and other valuable information with Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. In addition, the network will serve as a means of communication for urgent human rights action and other campaigns. This non-traditional connection will also alleviate the communication gap between service organizations in Bangkok and those in other provinces. Ultimately, it will help these organizations to become a truly more unified national force.
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