After the capitalist economy has circulated extensively in the country for the last few decades, traditional ways of life have been gradually destroyed. Problems of migrant labor, debt crisis, and deforestation have turned more serious especially in the rural part. Like other villagers in the remote areas, Pongkhum village in Amphur Santisook, Nan province(668 kilometers from Bangkok) in the northern part of Thailand has faced difficulty to be self-reliance because the expansion of commercial economy and consumption-oriented notions have influenced the village to import more and more material merchandises from the outside. Even though the textiles woven from natural-dyed fabric, a heritage craft handed down from generation to generation has been deliberately replaced by the industrial chemical-dyed fabric and slowly disappeared along with the elders. To conserve and to systematically develop this splendid treasure to be an alternative to nurture village self-reliance, Phra Somkit Jaranathummo, Buddhist monk from Wat(temple) Pongkhum who is a native to this village, launched the research named “The development processes of natural-dyed fabric production: case study of ”, a participatory action research which had financial support from Thailand Research Fund(TRF). Because of the difficulty to link between Thai local wisdom and science & technology, in this case Phra Somkit Jaranathummo as mediator plays significant role to connect these two sides of knowledge. This study aims to identify and analyze the role and processes of mediator in bridging the two knowledge by using the SECI Model of Ikujiro Nanaka as the tools to investigate knowledge creation directed by mediator.

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The role of Buddhist Monk in local development
Science communication from thai local context

Nuta Supakata   Department of General Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

After the capitalist economy has circulated extensively in the country for the last few decades, traditional ways of life have been gradually destroyed. Problems of migrant labor, debt crisis, and deforestation have turned more serious especially in the rural part. Like other villagers in the remote areas, Pongkhum village in Amphur Santisook, Nan province(668 kilometers from Bangkok) in the northern part of Thailand has faced difficulty to be self-reliance because the expansion of commercial economy and consumption-oriented notions have influenced the village to import more and more material merchandises from the outside. Even though the textiles woven from natural-dyed fabric, a heritage craft handed down from generation to generation has been deliberately replaced by the industrial chemical-dyed fabric and slowly disappeared along with the elders. To conserve and to systematically develop this splendid treasure to be an alternative to nurture village self-reliance, Phra Somkit Jaranathummo, Buddhist monk from Wat(temple) Pongkhum who is a native to this village, launched the research named “The development processes of natural-dyed fabric production: case study of ”, a participatory action research which had financial support from Thailand Research Fund(TRF). Because of the difficulty to link between Thai local wisdom and science & technology, in this case Phra Somkit Jaranathummo as mediator plays significant role to connect these two sides of knowledge. This study aims to identify and analyze the role and processes of mediator in bridging the two knowledge by using the SECI Model of Ikujiro Nanaka as the tools to investigate knowledge creation directed by mediator.

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