Shell to Support National Champions of ‘imagine the Future Scenarios’ Competition in Asia Pacific and Middle East Finals With Focus on Sustainable Energy and New Normal
Jun 08, 2020
Bangkok – Thailand: The Shell Company of Thailand Limited is promoting the role of young people in the country’s energy transition by hosting the recent ‘Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition 2020 Thailand’. This is the third consecutive year of the competition, which encourages young people to imagine plausible future scenarios. This year was the first time the competition was held virtually for the health and safety of all contestants and staff. Thirty-two teams of university students from all over Thailand participated in the competition – attending a series of learning activities, and developing their projects digitally before presenting their scenarios on the topic of ‘More and Cleaner Energy in an Asia Pacific or Middle Eastern city – How will residents live, work, and play?’ via an online platform. The topic, developed by Shell, aims to encourage participation of Thai youth and prepare them for the future transition to ‘more and cleaner energy’. The contestants also learned to use Shell Scenarios, a set of tools aiding them to exchange their thoughts and views on how future cities might be.
Mr. Panun Prachuabmoh, Country Chairman of The Shell Company of Thailand Limited, said: “Cities across the world are facing the COVID-19 pandemic and have borne its effects in different aspects and time frames – each requiring its own distinctive response. Looking forward and preparing for the challenges and impacts that will come after is important; therefore, Shell Thailand is continuing our Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition 2020 Thailand, which gives the younger generation an opportunity to design scenarios and plausible events in cities of the future, and especially, adapting to the New Normal. We need close cooperation like never before, both between different sectors and generations, and this will help us foresee clearly how we should utilize more and cleaner energy for a better future.”
Liu Xiaowei, Vice President for External Relations, Shell Asia Pacific, said: “Shell has been sharing our thoughts about the future of energy in the form of Scenarios for half a century. We are glad to see that Thai youth are continually interested and have enthusiastically taken part in the Imagine the Future program. I would like to thank everyone for all their great efforts in coming up with plausible scenarios, and congratulations to all. There may be only one winning team to represent Thailand in the Asia Pacific and Middle East finals, but for Shell, you are all winners as you are the future!”
Shell’s purpose for Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition 2020 Thailand was to equip young people with skills in developing plausible scenarios for future cities by using Shell Scenarios, a methodology invented 50 years ago that has been applied widely in scenario thinking in business, academia and government. This extends to the use of scenarios to support policymaking, urban design and city planning around the world. The young participants received training on energy transition, sustainability, and science of the future through an intense virtual bootcamp with Thai and foreign experts. Especially for this year, Shell also allowed young Shell employees to participate in the competition as ‘Volunteer Mentors’ to share their experience and to advise their assigned teams. The contestants had to present comprehensive, plausible scenarios of how residents will live, work, and play in the future, while using energy sustainably. They also had to connect these scenarios with variables such as the economy, politics, and the environment as well as unexpected factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The results for the Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition 2020 Thailand were announced in April, and the winner was ‘Good Night Consulting’ from the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University. The team will represent Thailand in the Asia Pacific and Middle East finals, which will also be held virtually in August 2020.
Visit https://www.shell.co.th and the Facebook page: Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition for more information on the upcoming competition.
‘Good Night Consulting’ from the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, the winner of Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition 2020 Thailand.
Mr. Panun Prachuabmoh, Country Chairman, The Shell Company of Thailand Ltd
Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition 2020 Thailand which was held virtually for the first time.
Ms. Liu Xiaowei, Vice President for External Relations, Shell Asia Pacific
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