Somsak Boonkam

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Name: Somsak Boonkam
Organization: Local alike
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Title: Founder
Bio:
My name is Somsak Boonkam, but all my friends call me Pai. I was born and raised in rural Thailand where I developed a deep appreciation for the ingenuity of indigenous culture and the role of sustainable production. I have a degree in Petrochemicals and Polymeric Materials Engineering and have just completed an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School. I am fluent in both English and Thai and have worked in a variety of cross-cultural settings. My goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous people to the mass market in order to develop sustainable products that have a positive impact on the society. There are three themes that have defined my career and education: engineering great manufacturing systems, developing sustainable businesses and creating social innovation. I spent four years working as head production engineer for a printer roller company, two years studying sustainable business practices at Presidio, and countless hours developing and practicing design thinking and innovation through workshops and projects.

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LocalAlike is a community based online tourism platform. Local Alike is harnessing the experiential travel market and channeling it into building sustainable livelihoods in rural communities. Our model seeks to reverse 3 problems common to Thai rural communities: cultural fading, traditional trade and skills loss, and migration out of villages. Our experienced staff will work closely with small villages to combine community based travel and community development programs.

Oct 08, 2013 / 0 Comments / in Community development, Marketing, Travel and tourism

LocalAlike is a community based online tourism platform, harnessing the experiential travel market and channeling it into building sustainable livelihoods in rural communities. We address 3 problems common to rural communities: cultural fading, traditional trade and skills loss, and migration.

LocalAlike is a community based online tourism platform. Local Alike is harnessing the experiential travel market and channeling it into building sustainable livelihoods in rural communities. Our model seeks to reverse 3 problems common to Thai rural communities: cultural fading, traditional trade and skills loss, and migration out of villages. Our experienced staff will work closely with small villages to combine community based travel and community development programs.