Chanchai is an independent scholar, consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach, who conduct many international and local training and facilitation, to help individuals, groups and organizations in breaking through their own inner, interpersonal, group / organizational and/or inter-group/public conflict, and to work more collaboratively. His participants are ranging from South East Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Africa, America and Europe.
Currently, Chanchai and his team co-founded CoJOY Consulting aiming to help people in organization to rediscover their deep connection and self-alignment. His approach is based on a paradigmatic innovative book, in which he is co-translating into Thai, entitled “Reinventing Organization : A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness” (by Frederic Laloux, 2014) and about to publish by mid-year of 2021.
Employing a holistic approach of deep listening, intuition, edge-walking combining with emotional & somatic intelligence and evolutionary purpose process, he enables individuals, teams, and leaders to transform external disruption and internal challenge of interpersonal tension, team work, inter-departmental issues, etc. to heartfelt collaboration, effective communication, and moving toward hopes and common solutions.
Since 2004, he started his academic research in peace and conflict studies. Also he was trained as facilitator and coach based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Process Work Psychology & Deep Democracy, Coaching for Transformation, Satir Transformational Systematic Therapy, Convergent Facilitation (a process on decision making), etc. Combining all these background, he has lots of experience working with ‘real’ conflicts in various levels and issues, from inner, interpersonal, to organizational (top executive and middle level) and inter-group/inter-organizational for public issues (e.g. conflict around Nuclear Energy Policy in Thailand, violent conflict in Deep Southern Provinces of Thailand, religious and ethnic conflict in Myanmar).
Chanchai certified Professional Coaching for Transformation from Leadership that Work (USA), an Accredited Coaching Training Program (ACTP) from International Coach Federation (ICF), on 2015. Since then he offered individual coaching session for various clients. His clients are Thai and non-Thai (e.g. India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Myanmar, Czech Republic, and American), with occupation ranging from UN staff, business owner, manager, company employee, governmental senior staff, NGOs director and staff, LGBTIQNs activists, monks, medical doctors, psychiatrist, nurse, sport coach, business coach, faculty in coaching school, music composer, human right worker and scholar, former prisoner, university lecturer and student, and house wife.
- 2558 : Certified – Professional Coach for Transformation, certified from Leadership that Works (USA) – ICF Accredited Coaching Training Program (ACTP), Mumbai, India.
- 2005-2010 : Ph.D. in Political Science, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; with full scholarship from Royal Golden Jubilee PhD Program, Thailand Research Fund. Dissertation entitled “Technology and Nonviolent Political Struggle : A Case Study of Internet in Thailand” [download full dissertation, in Thai].
- 1999-2001 : Master of Engineering, in Computer Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
- 1995-1998 : Bachelor of Engineering, in Computer Engineering, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand.
- 2021-present : Project Manager at “Creating Safer Space : Strengthening Unarmed Civilian Protection amidst Violent Conflict (Asia)”
- 2020-present: Researcher at “Interfaith Buddy : Leaders for Weaving Peace and Reconciliation in Thailand” Project
- 2018-present : Co-founder, CoJOY Consulting, an organization that foster effective communication across differences and transforming conflict to collaboration and decision-making in public issues, within organization, and among communities.
- 2015-2018 : Independent facilitator and coach on Conflict Transformation & Resolution; and Effective Communication with Care.
- 2014-2015 : Lecturer at Contemplative Education Center, Mahidol University.
- 2008-2014 : Lecturer at Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, (former, Research Center for Peace Building, Mahidol University, Nakorn Pathom province, Thailand.
- 2008 (July-November) Research Trainee at Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, Australia, with financial support from Royal Golden Jubilee PhD Program, Thailand Research Fund.
- 2001-2004 : Research Assistant, in Center for Social Development Studies, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Experience in Conflict Transformation & Resolution
- facilitating, mediating, and offering training series workshops for 2 years on living in diversity for monks and nuns in Myanmar. Effective communicate and feeling more connected, being understood and hopeful of being able to reach common understanding again can be found in the workshop. (Organized by Sem Sikkhalai (Myanmar))
- facilitating workshops on violent conflict in the three southern-most provinces of Thailand, for Buddhist and Muslim group, from distrust with each other, to regaining more feeling empathy and connected, and realizing common obstacles. (With team at Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University) – see A Field Note here (in English, in Thai)
- facilitating a prolonged conflict between supporters and protesters of building nuclear power plants in Thailand, with outcomes of being more open communication and ready to listen to each other.
- holding series of 9-month workshops and coaching for top executives, middle-level managers, and senior staffs to deal with their deep-rooted and widespread conflict. It turned out that most of them reconnect to each other again with trust, and start implementing their plan with solidarity to help their organization out from crisis. (See reflection on one peak in a workshop, in English, in Thai)
- facilitating ‘Deeply Team Building’ workshop for a transnational corporation on conflict and communication in a cross-function working group, who dealing with crisis management planning, and in the context of merger and acquisition.
- facilitating a company’s departmental conflict around working issues, resulting in more effective communication and acceptance of differences.
- facilitating team building workshop for a national NGO in Myanmar, from the situation of high burn-out rate, to being more energized and balance.
- mediating interpersonal conflict between the director of a foundation and her secretary, that resulted in reconciliation and solution about how to work together in the future.
- facilitating group tension which helped groups to work through their hot issues and reached common solution, for diverse groups, for example: a group of international trainees of a quarter-long training program; and many adults Master Degree classes, with participants ranging from government staffs, polices, soldiers, nurses, businessmen, mediators, local politicians, and associate justices.
- 2020–2021 : “Interfaith Buddy : Leaders for Weaving Peace and Reconciliation in Thailand,” funded by Policy Advocacy Project, Mahidol University. (with Padtheera Narkurairatana, PhD) (facebook page : Interfaith Buddy for Peace)
- 2020 : “Thai Hajj Pilgrim Health Status and Perspective on Burden from Non-Communicable diseases,” Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University. (with Muhammadfahmee Talek, et al.)
- 2019 : “Analysis of Inter-Faith Intolerance in Thai Society through Online Speech” under Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (Public Organisation), sponsored by UNDP (with Ekkarin Tuansiri, Chanansara Oranop, PhD.)
- 2014-2015 : “Scientific and Technological Conflict Transformation : A Case Study of Nuclear Energy System in Thailand” sponsored by Mahidol University.
- 2013 : “Risk and Technological Conflict” sponsored by Mahidol University.
- 2010-2012 : “The Mystery of Informatics : Political Violence and Nonviolence in 21th Century in Thailand (special focus on Hate Speech)”, sponsored by Thailand Research Fund, Senior Research Scholar project phase II on “Nonviolence and Violence in Thai Society : Knowledge, Secret and Memory”
- 2004-2005 : Science for Social Health : an Initiative from Youth, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, sponsored by Thai Health Promotion Foundation. (with Pakorn Lertsatienchai, Alisa Hasamoh, and Surichai Wan’Gaeo)
- 2002-2003 : “Chula Youth and Globalization : A Cultural Movement for Constructing Learning Society”, sponsored by the Office of National Commission on Culture, Ministry of Culture. (with Pakorn Lertsatienchai)
Publications & Writings in English
- 2021 (forthcoming). with Wit Wichaidit, and Muhammadfahmee Talek. “Health Beliefs on Chronic Disease Management and Changes in Daily Routine among Thai Pilgrims during the Hajj: A Qualitative Study,” Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, Prince of Songkla University.
- 2019. “Give Space to “Emotions, Feelings, and Deeply Authentic Voices”: A Deep Facilitation in Deep South Thailand”. Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies. 5(2), 270-275. [PDF] (see English translation here)
- 2018. “Highest Form of Conflict Facilitation : Parties Facilitate Among Themselves,” weblog chaisuk.wordpress.com, 29 June.
- 2013, “Humor, Witnessing and Cyber Nonviolent Action: current research on innovative tactical nonviolent actions against tyranny, ethnic violence and hatred,” New Paradigms of Peace Research: The Asia-Pacific Context, edited by Akihiko Kimijima and Vidya Jain. New Delhi : Rawat Publications. pp.137-55 (with Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, and Jularat Dumrongviteetham)
- 2012, A New Social Contract: The Way out for Thailand’s Political Transformation Crisis, published by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University. (In Thai & English),
- 2011, “Structural Power of Thai Internet System before 2006-Coup d’ Etat,” paper presented in The 2nd Asia-Pacific Science, Technology, and Society (APSTS) Conference, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China. 19-20 July 2011.
- 2010, “The Internet & Nonviolent Struggle: The Anti-government movement in Thailand 2005-06”, Social Alternatives. Issue 3. September 2010.
- 2003, “An Alternative Youth Movement in Cultural Dimension in Thailand : A Case Study of ‘Siam Dek Len Network’ ”, in Association of South-East Asian Studies of United Kingdom (ASEASUK) 21st Annual Conference, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, October 17 – 19, 2003
- 2002, “IT for Empowerment of Chula Community through Website Directory”, in International Conference on Information Technology and Universities in Asia (ITUA2002), organized by Faculty Senate, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, April 3-5, 2002
- 2001, (with P. Chongstitvatana) “Evolving control programs for a biped static walker”, IEEE Inter. Conf. on Humanoid Robots, (poster paper), Waseda, Tokyo, November 22-24, 2001.
- 1999, (with B. Kaewkamnerdpong, O. Chanphen, and J. Polvichai), “Solving the Simple Task of a Behavior-based Robot by Genetic Programming” in the 1st Asian Symposium on Industrial Automation and Robotics (ASIAR), BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand. May 6-7, 1999.
Some English Video Clip
Conflict Transformation) in Awakening Leadership Training Program, 2017. with Nuttarote Wangwinyoo and Theerawat Tantiwiramanon
Offering training on “Process Work Psychology”(min#3.20-4.40) in English for Engaged Social Service Program 2016, organized by International Networks of Engaged Buddism (INEB)
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