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SEEK Phuket’s sustainability: a workshop

SEEK Sustainable Phuket Envisioning and Sustainability Indicator Development Workshop


21 – 22 January 2012

Thanyapura Mind Center, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand

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DAY 1:  Reviewing Phuket’s Situation &  Preparing the Ground for Phuket’s Future



Start 830

30 minutes


Official Welcome and Opening of the Workshop and Launch of SEEK Phuket

Official opening by Phuket Governor Mr. Tri Augaradacha / Mr.Jirasak Tummawetch, Phuket Energy Office Chief / / Dr. Wiwat Seetamanotch, Phuket Public Health Office Deputy Director /

The workshop will be officially opened by Sean Panton (SEEK Founder) and several distinguish SEEK members and special guests from the Thai Government. Sean will provide some background on SEEK and its history and aims as well as what we want to achieve with this 2-day Sustainable Phuket Envisioning and Indicator Development workshop. Sean will also introduce, Robert and other key people involved.

0900 -1000

Implications of Sustainability (Mr. Robert Steele, Systainability Asia)

Mr. Robert Steele, founder and director of Systainability Asia, and one of the region’s leading experts on sustainability will deliver the plenary presentation on the implications and impacts of sustainable development and sustainability globally and for tourist driven island communities like Phuket. He will introduce several case examples of communities and cities that are leading change towards a sustainable future.

Note: Presentation will be 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q & A discussion

1000 – 1020

Coffee Break


1020 – 1200


Towards a Sustainable Phuket: What is the situation and what is being done?

This session will focus on the present sustainability situation in Phuket from three perspectives: environment, social and economic.  Presentations will be delivered by experts regarding the current environment, social and economic challenges, issues, plans and trends affecting Phuket now and into the future.  The presentations will also highlight positive actions being taken by NGOs, communities, local and national government and the private sector in Phuket right now.

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Chamniern Vorratnchaiphan, Senior Director, Thai Environmental Institute (TEI)
  • Dr Sirichai Silapa-archa, Phuket Chamber of Commerce Chairman / นพ.ศิริชัยศิลปอาชา, ประธานหอการค้า จ.ภูเก็ต
  • Dr. Wiwat Seetamanotch, Phuket Public Health Office Deputy Director /

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Note: Each speaker will be given 20 minutes for their presentation, followed by a 30 minute Q & A discussion with the audience at the end of the session.

1200 – 1300


1300 – 1330

Sustainability Energizer warm-up game

1330 – 1415

Introduction to the AtKisson Group & Accelerator Toolkit (Robert Steele)

Robert will introduce the AtKisson Group and the AtKisson ISIS Accelerator toolkit, a practical and effective framework and process for doing sustainability at the community and organisational level. The presentation will highlight some case examples of the use of the Accelerator tools in sustainable development envisioning, indicator development, strategic planning, organisation cultural change and sustainability assessment reporting and communications.

1415  – 1630

Compass Exercise: Preparing Phuket’s Sustainability Foundation (Robert Steele)

We will begin the workshop part of the process by using the AtKisson Sustainability Compass to draw out what people already know about what is going on with regards to Sustainability and Sustainable Development from each of the 4 Compass perspectives, as well as using the Compass to come with a list of things (based on questions that are asked) we need to know that possibly some or most people do not have a clear knowledge or understanding of (current and future issues and trends. We will also identify the important stakeholders and the key issues and trends that are happening from each of the 4 Compass directions.

Note: We will have a 20 minute coffee break within this session

1630 – 1650

Open Discussion and Dialogue on the Process

For the final 30 minutes of the day, we will open the floor to participants to bring up their questions and opinions about what the process and what has emerged from the process so far, as well as any concerns, questions and suggestions for the following day.

1645 – 1700

Wrap up and Preparations for tomorrow


DAY 2: Building a Vision and Indicator Framework for a Sustainable Phuket



0830 – 900

Energiser and Check-in on people’s overnight reflections and review

Open discussion.

0900 – 1200

Compass / World Café Exercise: Envisioning a Sustainable Phuket (Robert Steele)

Again, we will use the Compass, along with an adapted World Café process, to provide a platform for imagining, sharing and creating a shared vision of Sustainability for Phuket in the future (based on the participants’ choice of a time frame). This exercise will seek to have people use the Compass to help them frame and identify key tangible things that people would like to see achieved by the agreed on time. The final output will be clearly articulated Goals and Outcomes that we are specifically looking to achieve by the time we chose.

The envisioning process should be informed and built from the previous “preparing the ground” step of the process.

Note:  A 20 minute Coffee break will be taken from 1000 – 1020 am

1200 – 1300


1300 – 1430

1 hour 30 minutes

Developing Sustainability Indicators (Mr. Robert Steele)

Participants will be divided into Compass Indicator Groups based on their interests and expertise. Following from the Compass-framed Envisioning process and the previous ‘Preparing the Ground’ exercise, workshop participants will develop a number of ‘candidate’ indicators from each of the four Compass directions. Overall we should have approximately 36 indicators. At the same time they will identify possible sources of information for the indicators and/or could be responsible for collecting the data (if it exist) and if not, who might start collecting data for this indicator. Compass groups will also indicate in a summary way, why this indicator is important as a core sustainability indicator for Phuket and what it is telling us.

Groups will present the indicators and their perceived trends and also give some insight into what sorts to positive things are happening on Phuket that are linked to any of the candidate indicators.

1430 – 1600

Indicator Systems Analysis (Mr. Robert Steele)

We will use a systems thinking approach and some simple systems tools and methods to explore and find out how the Compass-framed candidate sustainability indicators are connected to each other, looking specifically causal linkages and feedback loops. Groups will present their Indicator relationship system maps and insights.

Note:  A 20 minute Coffee break will be taken from 1530 – 1550 pm

1600 – 1700

Commitment To Action – A Phuket Stakeholder Compact for a Sustainable Future  (Mr. Robert Steele)

The Phuket Stakeholder Compact should contain specific Commitments to Action to address the major challenges to achieving a more sustainable Phuket. The commitments are not intended to be the responsibility of any one jurisdiction, agency or organization. Rather they are actions that could be pursued individually or collectively. Some jurisdictions, agencies or organizations may not be in a position to take action on specific commitments. But, it is especially important for everyone to consider the perspectives of all 4 Compass Areas and promote a more sustainable future in all their decisions and actions.

Each Compass Group will make a proposal to the other three groups on what they should do and some proposals on how they can work together as different stakeholders towards Phuket’s future sustainability.

1700 – 1745

Wrap up & Discussion: Where do we go from here….. Next Steps (Mr. Sean Panton / Dr. Robert Mather / Mr. Robert Steele)

We will first summarise the process and clearly identify the outcomes and outputs that we have achieved during this workshop. Then we will describe possible actions following from a typical visioning and indicator workshop based on our (AtKisson Group) past experience with different groups and in different situations.  We will then have small group discussions about what the Phuket folks think should happen next before sharing and discussing these options in the plenary group. We will then have small group discussions about what the Phuket folks think should happen next before sharing and discussing these options in the plenary group.

1745 – 1800

 Workshop Evaluation & Certificates presented & photos (Mr. Sean Panton)


Workshop Adjourned  


Cost of workshop is 10,

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