Choose the right answer


Who is most likely to become a prime minister?

a. A man
b. A woman
c. A gay guy or a lesbian
d. A trans person



There have been 29 prime ministers during the course of modern Thai politics. The gender or sexual orientation of the nation’s leaders is this:

a. 28 men (96.5%)
b. 1 woman (3.5%)
c. 0 gay or lesbian (0%)
d. 0 trans person  (0%)

What do you make of these numbers?

What if we wake up tomorrow and have the first trans woman prime minister of the world? And then we have a visually-challenged minister of education? What if we have a Brahminist as a minister of culture? In a way, we can easily gauge our democracy index from diversity in our parliament. The more diverse our representatives are, the more egalitarian our society is.

‘Discrimination’ keeps out certain groups of people from mainstream society, especially on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity or even age. And the intensity of discrimination often precipitates societal problems. It is indeed a lot easier to learn and accept differences, all you have to do is unlearn the bias.  
What if we have an innovation to influence people's behaviors to reduce discrimination in the society?
Let's create an innovation to increase social inclusion in the society!


Besides Bangkok, which province has its own subway?

a. Mae Hong Son
b. Nong Bua Lamphu
c. Satun
d. Pichit



Besides Bangkok Metropolitan Region, other provinces in Thailand do not have subway or skytrain. In other words, around 51.56 million people out of 66.18 million do not have this mode of public transportation as an option. This accounts to 77.90% of the population.

Thailand only! Born today, and you get inevitable inequality as a gift! Between Noon, who lives in the Udomsuk area and has to travel to take extra tutorial classes at Siam, and Nam who lives in Phon Than sub district, who will spend less time travelling to study in the city, and with less money?

Geography is part of inequality that affects most people in the country. They do not have public transportation to go see a doctor, and they spend more money in order to travel around, even their internet speed is much slower than in Bangkok. While some people have the option to take the air-conditioned subway to work, others still wait for accessible transportation to reach their neighborhood.

What if we have an innovation to help everyone access to the mobility equally?
Let's create an innovation to support everyone to access basic needs equally no matter where they live!



If Somchai does not have a smartphone to access government-sponsored assistance programs via the applications, what should Somchai do?

a. He should save up his money to access faster assistance
b. He should save up his money since smartphone is an everyday essential item
c. There is no need for one, he could have his family run the errands for him.
d. There is no need for one since the village head could help him out



According to the national statistics, Mae Hong Son Province has the largest share of population living in poverty in Thailand, with average income less than 23,000THB a year or around 1,916THB monthly.* Meanwhile a smartphone which can be used to access government-sponsored assistance programs via smartphone applications, costs more than 2,000THB

Among people who possess a mobile phone, 30.4 percent only have the feature phones which cannot access governmental applications only supported by smartphones. 

*From Office of the National Economics and Social Development Council, 2018
Every country is going through digital transformation, and it indeed comes with the benefits of faster access to welfare. Digital transformation paves way for systematic collection of national statistics. But is everyone ready to leap into this new era? Are we leaving anyone behind?

‘governance’ does not account for everyone. Even though a large number of people now have access to technology, others are still left behind. If we care about user experience in designing new innovations, this is the chance to take into account experiences of those suffering with economic situations, and the world in which they cannot keep up with its pace. If we walk together, the more, the merrier. 

What if we have an innovation to enhance better public service for everyone?
Let's create an innovation to enhance a quality public service and make it accessible to everyone!


Which type of business should pay minimum wage to
its workers?

a. Restaurants which require toiling labour  
b. Sewing factories which require meticulosity
c. Construction companies where workers are exposed to high risks
d. Entertainment establishment where people have to work at night



Every worker is entitled to the minimum wage of 313THB a day according to the Minimum Wage Board Announcement (No.10) as of 6 December 2019.

Ever wonder why some people living in poverty are overweight? Poor people have plenty of things to worry about other than obesity issues. They lack access to nutritional, healthy food, they work hours and hours to make ends meet, with no free time to take care of their health.

Even now, a lot of people still get less than the minimum wage. They are left behind because of their
socio-economic status and the economic structure that dehumanizes them. Under the house you live in, and behind-the-scenes of the food you have, is the invisible labour of those left behind.

What if we have an innovation that can customize a decent work for everyone?
Let's create an innovation to enhance equal economic opportunity for everyone!



Which climate change impact affects the livelihood of
the urban poor?

a. Air pollution
b. Flash flood
c. Earthquake
d. Hailstorm



Not everyone has the money to spare for anti-pollution masks. Not everyone has an elevated house to prevent flooding. And many still have to resort to galvanized sheet, flute board, and recyclable materials in order to build a low-budget home. The urban poor are the first to be affected by natural disasters. They have no option, and are often unseen.

The urban poor are in the state of ‘fragility.’ They are affected by ‘shocks’ such as natural disasters, and do not have many options in life. While some problems occur because of society as a whole, the first to be affected is often the urban poor who are afflicted in terms of income, opportunity, and human dignity.

There are several groups of the urban poor such as the urban poor in terms of income, the traditional community, the migrant workers, and the marginalized. The urban poor are integral to urban development, but urban development and state welfare often leave them behind.

What if we have an innovation that response to the human need along with considering the balance of nature?
Let's create an innovation to influence people's behaviors to be more ecofriendly!



How do you play hide and seek?

a. Find everyone



There is only one answer, find everyone before you get home.

Imagine playing hide and seek with your friends, and the friends decide to leave before they can find you. The game does not seem fun anymore and you may understand why being left behind is such a downhearted occurrence. We can all be left behind unconditionally.

Being Left behind happens to everyone regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, ethnicity or other status. A large number of people cannot board the train of hope, and it is saddening to leave even a single soul behind while trying to push for development. Sustainable development is like refining the hide and seek game so that everyone can joyfully play the game together. In spite of differences, we will embrace everyone, we will walk alongside until the end of the game, until everyone is found.

Youth Co:Lab 2021 What it takes to leave no one behind
If you are youth between 18-29 years old and have an inclusive innovation idea that can solve the challenge of the vulnerable group or an innovation idea to enhance social inclusion, let's submit your idea to Youth Co:Lab 2021 Programme from now until 12 August!

Let’s find those who are forgotten and leave no one behind.

People in the urban area have access to convenient public transportation but they do not have enough safe public space.

People who do not have access to education are excluded from the political system. Education certificate becomes the only indicator of one’s capacity regardless of life experiences they have.

Do you notice the fish we eat are getting smaller and harder to find? Because of climate change, fishers have less income and might eventually disappear.

Thailand ‘tolerates’ LGBTQI+ but we do not have legalized same sex marriage.



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