Together with 80 students, from both Thai and international programs, we spent the entire semester rethinking and redefining the term 'Community.' A community doesn't always have to be a physical place; it can be a group of people with similar backgrounds, interests, goals, pain points, needs, values, and beliefs. Putting their innate entrepreneurial spirit to work, the student teams challenged themselves to serve an underserved community of their choice, such as:
- Aspiring musicians without a label, a YouTube channel, an artist manager, a producer, or a mentor, who want to get started on the right track
- Online shop owners who want to make their shopping experience as immersive, personalized, informative, and interactive as the traditional offline in-store shopping experience
- University students hoping to exchange study notes with peers from both the same university and different universities
- Freelancers hoping to find, take on, and manage multiple projects that accommodate their timetable and lifestyle
- Popular restaurants hoping to better manage their peak times
- Young people hoping to find a serious relationship, based on compatibility, lifestyle choices, and friendship, starting off with whether one is an introvert or an extrovert. An introvert will be 'matched' with another introvert to start getting to know each other by doing an activity that both introverts like to do, initially as 'friends.' The same concept goes for extroverts
We ended the semester with the perfect speaker for our Breakfast with CEO event: Mr. Mechai Viravaidya. As someone who is globally recognized for his half-a-century's worth of public service and still actively serving and empowering underserved youth and communities at the age of 79, Mr. Mechai was the epitome of a changemaker. His bold words, uncompromising and unapologetic personality, and clear sense of purpose have contributed to the success of his lifelong career, as well as nationwide and sustainable social change. While Mr. Mechai created change through activism and his extensive works in population development, education, rural development, and public health, the students were encouraged that they, too, can change their lives, other people's lives, their society, and even the world in their own ways. It may be through starting a business, volunteering, joining a movement, teaching, designing, engineering, etc.