Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 64 – A Community-Centric Model for Cultural Sustainability: With a Case Study from Mae Chaem, Thailand

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This presentation offers a new theory of change for addressing heritage conservation challenges. Instead of focusing on heritage, it looks holistically at the community, with its members at the center. It aims to improve the overall well-being of and foster a strong sense of identity and belonging among community members. It argues that such community members will in turn become good stewards of their community and cultural heritage. It explores factors that enable such community development and suggests stakeholders, including museums, and their roles in implementing such change. Finally, it offers tools to help practitioners with capacity assessment and prioritization.

  • Guest speaker: Teng Chamchumrus
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Teng Chamchumrus

Teng Chamchumrus is an applied strategist with more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and the private sectors. He has a BA in economics and an MBA from Harvard University and serves as Executive Officer, at the Smithsonian Institution, where he provides strategic thinking, leadership and management expertise in planning and implementing education and audience engagement initiatives.

Prior to the Smithsonian, Teng held various management and leadership roles at the American Red Cross, including leading the financial planning and analysis function for major disaster relief operations. He serves on the board of the International Council of Museums – United States (ICOM-US) and is an active member of the ICOM International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (CAMOC). Locally, he serves on the board of Montgomery History, Montgomery County, Maryland. Teng is also a Fulbright Specialist.

Teng is interested in museums’ roles in serving communities and the intersection of economic development, cultural sustainability, and sustainable cities. Teng loves cities and is committed to bring his professional expertise and experience to help keep cities vibrant and diverse for generations to come.

From the speaker

  • Book of proceedings City Museum as Cultural Hubs: Past, Present and Future, from the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Conference, Kyoto, 2019: link here. Teng Chamchumrus’ paper starts on page 66, including the bibliography.
  • Copy of the powerpoint presentation may be accessed via this link.

Keep in touch!

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Twitter: @TChamchumrus
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About the Intramuros Learning Sessions

The Intramuros Learning Sessions (ILS) is the educational webinar series of the Intramuros Administration (IA). The IA is an attached national government agency under the Department of Tourism. 

Topics are interdisciplinary and cover themes related to Intramuros and Manila studies, Philippine studies, as well as cultural heritage studies. Pursuant to IA’s charter, the ILS aims to contribute to the strengthening of the Filipino’s national identity and sense of belonging and pride.

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