The 4th International Conference on Nation-Building 2020
14-16 October 2020, Bangkok, Thailand
Nation-Building Institute (NBI) was founded by Prof. Dr. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak in Bangkok, Thailand with a vision to establish the country’s leading institute for the development of morally guided leadership with systematised management skills for nation-building.
Upon its inception in 2015, NBI’s mission has been (1) to engage the nation’s leaders of the public, private and civil sectors in order (2) to instil nation-building ideology, concepts and strategies needed for the sustainable development of the country toward a civilized nation, and (3) to effectuate real social impact on a national level.
Nation-Building Institute International (NBII) is a research and training institute on nation-building strategies and independent think tank that focuses on regional governance and societal development. It is modelled after the Thailand’s successful Nation-Building Institute (NBI), and think tank the Institute of Future Studies for Development (IFD) respectively.
NBII believes in cultivating informed future leaders and virtuous individuals to shape the communities that drive nation-building. NBII will be the umbrella institution that oversees activities of its country-specific institute, i.e. the pilot program of NBI Thailand (NBIT), and NBI Nation-Building Malaysia Sdn Bhd (NBIM). NBI institutions will implement NBII’s programs on a national level within the context of their respective country.
To this end, it will conduct educational programs, interdisciplinary research, and collaborative development projects through engagements with the public, private and people (civic) sectors across the world, both locally and regionally especially in ASEAN Plus countries. Participants to the classes are selected by an admission committee that performs rigorous admission process. This committee is composed of prominent and moral leaders in the nation, and are tasked to select students of equal representation from the Public, People and Private (3P) sectors.
This conference is held annually to bring people across continents and sectors that have made great accomplishment in shaking public realisation on vital issues, shifting the solution of the global problems towards the right direction, or executes meaningful change with concrete outcomes.
About the Program
The Senior Executive Program is an in-person immersive program on Nation-Building, targeting current and former leaders in the public, private and people (civic) sectors. The program runs in 2 modes, with local language program and English program.
The program aims to equip participants to master nation-building principles and skills and learn how to think like a nation builder with public-mindedness. In addition, participants will receive real-world experience in nation-building and execute actionable social enterprise projects that will make ready the participants for a path as a change-maker in any organizations they involve. At the end of the program, participants are expected to obtain a 360-degree understanding of the nation-building ecosystem, and develop vision and plans suited for their local community progress. Each year, this program attracts participants from the various sectors. The vast majority of the participants from the previous years were former ministers, and, C-suite decision makers from the corporate and public sectors including the civil society sectors.
As a think tank role, NBII aims to produce insightful reports on the socio-economic impact of national-level and regional-level policies or development projects within and beyond the ASEAN Plus region, and subsequently extend thoughtful and actionable recommendations. This section of NBI will formulate the research premise and objectives, and set the research protocols and standards for the local partners and offices to implement. In addition, NBII will manage the distribution of research resources across its network of international offices.
The Cap-Corner Stone Project allows researchers, academias, social activists to present research proposals, findings and innovative solutions to the current challenges in ASEAN Plus region. Participants in the programs will present their Cap-Corner Stone project findings and the innovative solutions they piloted.
NBII aims to conduct study visits to provide experiential learning at various overseas destinations.The study visits will focus on excursions to special areas of best practices in specific issues for example countries with world- class achievements in some specific areas such as the Estonia on digital society, Lithuania on biotechnology, Finland on education, etc. Participants will jointly examine nation-building initiatives and explore actionable solutions.
NBI-Youth club is a program initiated by participants of the Senior Executive Program for Nation-Building in Thailand with an aim to establish NBI-Youth clubs in all schools and colleges across Thailand. The club will be a platform for youth development in school to enhance leadership, management and morality of youth and prepare them to become responsible citizens who have creativity, innovativeness, leadership, teamwork spirit, public mindedness and care for their nations. By end of 2018, we witnessed around 1,400 NBI-Youth clubs with more than 100,000 members were established in schools across the country that encouraged the involvement of youth in the dialogue and actions for nation-building in Thailand.
NBII represents the progressive vision of the original founders of Thailand’s NBI in Bangkok: to expand its successful nation-building initiatives outside of Thailand and inspire change-makers to improve communities across the globe especially the ASEAN Plus region. To achieve this vision, NBII has developed an internationalisation agenda to foster local and regional linkages between the 3P sectors across the globe and the ASEAN Plus countries by emulating the pedagogy and protocols of NBI Thailand’s programs, i.e. the implementation of education programs, research initiatives and collaborative developmental projects for rigorously selected participants.
NBII’s Mission Statement is essentially to systematise the existing philosophy, principles and ethos of nation building into a pragmatic framework that can not only be applied by individuals of diverse sectors to cause societal impact, but also be adopted by different nations in the pursuit of their respective developmental goals.
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