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This research aimed to empower the civil society organizations of Nakornnayok province to learn the strategic thinking and propose their provincial development strategies. The target group of the study included 40 leaders and civil society representatives who were the members of Thailand Agriculture Council and officers from the provincial Tourism and Sport Authority. Research instruments included documentary analysis, questioning technique, reflection, questionnaires, discussions, discourse for transformative learning and reinforcing learning theories. Qualitative data were analyzed by content analysis while quantitative data were analyzed by frequency counts, percentages, and rankings.
Findings revealed that the target group learned ‘weaknesses’ of civil sector’s administration such as the lack of people’s participation in city development. Although, rich natural resource is significant ‘strength’, people, who are mostly in agricultural sector, were not successful in their careers. Internal factors, strengths and weaknesses, were related to ‘external factors’ which are facing ‘external investors’ who expect to benefit city’s natural resources. After empowering strategic thinking and transformative learning theory, there was an active driving process of changing Nakornnayok province under cooperation of public and civil society organizations. Nakornnayok’s vision was settled as “pleasant city to live, city of safety, city of generosity, city of trust, city of health, and city of learning”. To achieve such a goal, there were 4 strategies: The dialogue was used in the middle of the interaction between the target group and researchers to allow a transformative learning to take place. Research instrument were document analysis, questioning technique, reflection, brainstorm, discourse analysis and reinforcing learning theory. A content analysis was applied to the qualitative data obtained, whereas the data from questionnaire were analyzed for frequency and percentage. The findings showed that the target group learned the problems and the root of the problems by determining the direction of government development and the influence of the world. They also learned how to make changes that needed clarity in content and strategic approaches which enabled them to set the strategic development for Nakornnayok under the vision of building a pleasant city to live. To achieve such a goal, there were 4 strategies: 1) to conserve the nature, environment and biodiversity; 2) to enhance the career and economy of the small and medium businesses of community by creating value added and value creation for their agricultural products; 3) to improve people lifestyle by linking learning in school systems with community learning centers to give youths the opportunity to experience real local experiences, including the design of the city, landscapes, buildings, places and buildings of the city to better support life in the future; and 4) to create a learning-based society, building a strong community and strong community organization network.
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