Applying Knowledge and Experience from
IATSS Forum & Paying Forward to Community

Participant's Voices


  • Country : Thailand
  • Forum : 58th batch (2017 Autumn forum)
Hello everyone, I am Busarin Chongcharoenyanon. My nickname is Nui. I am a Lecturer at Department of Food Technology, College of Integrative Medicine, Dhurakij Pundit University, Bangkok, Thailand. First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to IATSS Forum staffs for your dedication and kindness. いつもありがとうございます。 I also would like to express my gratitude to the Thai Secretariats and my supervisor to support me to receive this great opportunity. Although I have been in Japan for 5 years to pursue my master’s and doctorate degree, I have a strong feeling that IATSS Forum will be something totally difference. The excellent 55 days program in the forum, i.e., theme study, seminar, field study, cultural exchange activities and others, will train the participants to be a good leaders for their community. IATSS Forum provides me chances, even though it is not start yet, to deepen my understanding in ASEAN community, my country and myself. For example, prior to attend the seminar part, all participants were assigned to research in many topics such as urban planning, modernization, and One Village One Product (OVOP) Movement. The more I research, the more I realize that I knew very little about them. This made me eagers to attend the forum sooner. I am also looking forward to go to the field study, especially A Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) Visit, because I believe that it will give me the onsite experiences that I will definitely apply them to develop my part of career as a Food SME Consultant. The cultural exchange day are one of the most exciting activity for me because I like the atmosphere of learning new cultures. お楽しみしています。 The theme study on Sustainable community design is the main program that I think I can widen my global aspect and enhance the soft skill of team working via group study. The theme study will give me a change to meet AMA women in Toba-shima which I was impressed since I watched a drama series “Amachan”. Last but not least, I think I will learn a lot from the Gasshuku-Team building and Facilitation Skill Training. This part of the program will help me work with more efficiency. Moreover, I have a plan to conduct my lecture by applying this idea to extract my students their most capacity. Finally, I give a commitment that I will devote my ability to participate and make the 58th batch outcome worth all of the efforts and resources from the IATSS Forum.
Hello everyone, As I told you in the previous time, I was in Japan around 5 years and I believed that IATSS forum would provide me a different experiences. It has been almost 3 months since I return from the forum. The IATSS forum gave me a full pack of precious experience. I try to briefly explain to anyone with eligibility to let them know how cool the IATSS forum is and encourage them to apply for the forum. This forum is definitely unique. The forum gave me the chance to learn from both inside and outside of my mind. These are how I am utilizing the knowledge and experience gained during the forum. The key approach is “starting from myself and pay it forward”. First, IATSS forum tough me to value not only physical safety but also emotional safety. Through the 55 days of journey, the staffs always provide us the safe environment to support our learning. Being loved and cared make me felt like home at the forum. All of the activities taught me the importance of inclusiveness which simply means not to leave anyone behind. So everyone has emotional safety. Little by little, I start to create inclusiveness in daily activity at work and family. As a lecturer, I pass the idea to my students. The change is still not so clear. However, I can tell that they can work better as a team. I believe that they will apply the inclusiveness of teamwork to make their workplace has emotional safety. Second, beside the program to educate all the participant, I learned the working style from the staffs of IATSS forum. “Over 100% preparation” is one of the most obvious working pattern of our staffs. It reflects the high responsibility nature of Japanese organization. At the beginning of the program, I felt like I was an over protected child because the program provided every single things in highly organized way. However, I realized that even though everything was highly prepared, the outcome can be varied by environment and human factors. So I adopt the working pattern to improve my ability. I also try to spread the idea of “Over 100% preparation” to my students and hoping that they can make use of it to improve their ability in the future. Finally, the IATSS forum taught me the joy of contribution in a task. The joy derived from the inclusiveness from the team and the well preparation to complete the task together. I will definitely continue the pattern of work and pay it forward to my students as much as I can. I will also encourage them to “start from oneself and pay it forward” to be a small mechanism to drive our community in a brighter way.