This is a relaxing evening of fun and cheer, complete with Santa & all his helpers, Christmas decorations and tree, and all your favorite Christmas carols.
This evening we will hear short, impressionistic scenes that focus on Phuket 15-30 years ago for a personal impression of a character, idea, or setting.
It seems that no matter how short your time is in Phuket you have something to say about the changes you've seen, and probably for many things. Roads, traffic, Internet, schools, consumer goods and a lot more.
So what was it like even 10, 20 or 30 years ago? Well come along and hear.
Join in an evening of networking, making some new acquaintances, and maybe catching up with a few friends.
This month's program is entirely social within the newly reworked venue now having an inside and an outside extended-cover seating area. Please bring some extra business cards as this will be a great opportunity to meet and get to know some of our members and visitors.
Our September member meeting will feature Ms. Ulrike Guelich, Lecturer and Researcher at the School of Entrepreneurship and Management, Bangkok University, Bangkok.
Ms. Guelich will demonstrate that Thailand has some outstanding features regarding entrepreneurship:
In her presentation, she will then examine possible explanations for this phenomenon in the Thai context, and give some insight from interviews with successful women entrepreneurs in big family businesses in Thailand. We can discuss a wide range of points where Thailand differs from other economies when it comes to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial attitudes, aspirations and ways to do business.
Our August member meeting will feature Thailand media expert Tim Shaw talking about how to use branding, media, and promotion to enhance your tourist-based business in Phuket.
In particular, he will discuss the following general ideas:
Don't miss this informative event with lots of helpful tips that you can use to improve your tourism-based business.
With the need to cancel our planned environmental program with Alan Williams we are holding one of our social networking evenings instead. Come on along and bring a buddy. As we saw last month, the food will be great and the beer cold. Easy parking and lots of other shopping available makes a great reason to arrive early and miss the late afternoon traffic of Patong.
The June member meeting will be especially interesting as we hear from local author, and colorful character, Colin Mackay.
Mr Mackay shall give a historical presentation explaining why women on Phuket and Thailand are comparatively so successful and powerful in business, politics and as heads of their households in Phuket and the region. For example, Thailand has a higher percentage of Female CEO's than any other country and over half of all businesses in the country are owned by women.
Thereafter he will open the floor to any questions you may have about any aspects of the history of Phuket from any period.
He has agreed to offer IBAP members signed copies of his 438 page limited-edition hardback version of his book on the night at the trade price of THB 1,000 instead of their normal retail price of THB 1,500.
Mr Mackay will also present several interesting anecdotes that have revealed themselves since publication of his book.
Bangkok Post political commentator Voronai Vanijaka speaks about democracy in Thailand. Come and hear his insightful and entertaining views, a sample of which follows:
"If the world was a high school class filled with jocks, preps, cheerleaders, nerds, geeks, freaks and that kid who might one day brings an AK47 to school, Thailand would be a cheerleader, the head cheerleader, in fact.
"She's an average student, not bright, not dumb, but she gets by well enough. She doesn't really apply herself and no one believes she would ever amount to much, though it really doesn't matter. This is because she's hot and therefore she's popular. Her parents spoil her, the nerds do her homework for her, the teachers give her a pass and the principle likes to look up her skirt. She's the queen bee - and a nice one at that, not a bitch.
"High school life is easy for her. The boys love her because she never says no to a date and she's the life of every party. While her classmates gossip about her, she also gossips about them. But face to face, everyone smiles sweetly at her because she's hot and popular, and she smiles back because she knows she's got a cute smile.
"So why would a hot, sexy, popular cheerleader with an easy life, spoiled and loved by all needs democracy? Don't hate her just because she's beautiful."
Traditional news media, especially newspapers and magazines, are losing advertising dollars, circulation sales and readers to digital media. But many print companies are fighting the digital media battle from a self-imposed position of weakness because they neglected their most important asset: a relationship of trust with their readers. This meeting will take place one week earlier than usual due to Songkhran.
Eco-tourism has many challengers, both in set up and on-going, so why should we bother to be environmentally conscious when it seems not many others in Phuket seem to care? K. Mon from Flying Hanuman will give his first hand knowledge and experience on the challenges he has faced and is facing, and why it is so important to care about the island we all call home.
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has population of over 600 million and member-nations have commited to introducing respective nation-wide competition policy and law by 2015. With these changes on the horizon, a good understanding of competition law is now essential for anyone doing business in the region.
Dr. Robert Ian McEwin, a prominent regional expert on competition policy, will talk about what is happening in competition law in ASEAN - how the Asean Economic Community means greater competition law (antitrust) enforcement and what it may mean for both small and large businesses. Will you have greater remedies against 'bad conduct' by other companies in Thailand?
What is commercial-scale composting? How can it fit into a sustainable waste-management strategy?
Martin Hauke will discuss these questions and how they can be applied here in Phuket.
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