Chamberland Swing

Reading time: 3 – 4 minutes

It was my first time to go to JJF. And no, I didn’t watch Jason Mraz. Everyone was like, you went to JJF = how was Mraz? I work in JakartaConcerts.com, yes, but I’m not a big fan of concerts. I don’t spend that much of money for one night.

Luckily, Panji got 2 3-day-passes for him and his Dad. His Dad let me use his ticket on the last day! I was so excited though we had to go through the rain on his bike.

We watched Slank’s performance! Panji is a big fan of that band. I’m not, but I enjoyed it very much. They sang heaps of songs with some help from “jazzy musicians” including Michael Paulo!

Slank are the truest rock stars! I could sing along and dance with him, listening to the songs they played. We couldn’t watch Anda, Tompi and Peabo Bryson, but we randomly stumbled to a room and… We fell in love with the artist! It was Parov Stelar from Austria. They were awesome – saxophone + Macbook! CMIIW, but it was electronic jazz!

Have a look on Parov Stelar’s clip:

We then went to Dji Sam Soe Lounge outside JHCC to watch Panji’s brother’s performance. His brother is DREW‘s bassist and was going to perform with Humania also. Both performances were in a row, so we didn’t need to go anywhere else. I wanted to watch SOIL & “PIMP” Sessions but the lounge was so full, I couldn’t get out.

© Kemal Maharsa. All rights reserved.

DREW was great! As usual, it was an acoustic session. They performed American Boy, Pop, Lovestoned, and The Beatles medley (no need to mention their single right? :p) in a brand new style. Humania? Still a legend. Beside Mas Shanda, they also ‘recruited’ Larry Aswin from SOVA!! (too bad I didn’t bring my camera hehehe ;p)

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(still by Uti, I only adjusted the colours)

I don’t care about how full the venue was, how bad the weather was, how full-of-smoke the lounge was… I was sooo happy! Thanks, cay.


Global Financial Crisis

Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes

I’ll depart to London in 2 days, to attend another Global Changemakers programme, which will be related to The G20 London Summit. The G-20 is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 economies: 19 of the world’s largest national economies, plus the European Union (EU). Indonesia is included!

I have a lot of “assignments” in going to this event. From making a YouTube video to be viewed by the media and G20 attendants, sharing resources on the net and currently the hardest one… making a presentation. I also need to present it in 2 schools, unfortunately I haven’t got the time yet and I dunno which school’s students who are going to be interested in such issue (raise your hand, please? :)). Let’s say in short, I need to know what young people think about the crisis, and what should the world leaders do? As a representative from this country, I need to bridge youth of Indonesia, the government of Indonesia and the other G20 leaders. So, if you want to talk anything about the crisis, this is the chance for you to speak!

At first, actually, I was never interested in economics. But well, as I was making the presentation, I figured out that economics are not that boring.

I hereby attached some things that are going to be in my presentation which is going to be seen by world leaders (hopefully! :p).

  • We had a similar crisis.
    In 1997, we had a trade surplus of more than $900 million, forex reserves of more than $20 billion, 1 USD = Rp2380, and GNP = $250 billion.
    In 1998, we lost 13.5% of our 1997 GDP, 1 USD = Rp14150, GNP = $34 billion, GNP & exchange rate dropped by 83%, real GDP growth = 0.3%, inflation = 77%.
  • We managed to get up.
    Jakarta Stock Exchange was the best performing market in Asia (2004), up by 42%.
    Economic growth reached 5% (2005) and continued to increase.
    Real per capita income has reached fiscal year 1996/1997 levels.
  • Now?
    The decline in commodity prices pressed us to export which caused declining performance in exchange rate. There were also shock and fluctuation in money, forex and obligation market. On the other hand, inflation trends continue to decline (yay!). In 2008, economic condition was still positive (grew above 6%), balance sheet transaction still recorded a surplus.
  • As a citizen of Indonesia, I fully support President SBY’s suggestions, including: act fast, focus on priorities, conduct short term, mid term and longer term actions simultaneously at the national, regional and global level.
  • I recommend the government to continue and improve fiscal budget stimulus, strengthen the financial and banking system, and acquire additional fund resources.
  • But, it’s not enough. This is a global crisis and we need a global act. World leaders should realize SBY’s suggestion last year, to make a “Global Expenditure Support Fund” which is going to support developing countries who are affected by the crisis; they should also stimulate economic growth and avoid protectionism.

Yeah, I know the vocabulary I used was too complicated. You don’t have to understand it. I only need suggestions from you. I need you to speak up about this issue so I can “transfer” them to the world leaders, like Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, or SBY for instance.

Thank you.


Counter Terror with Justice

Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes

Last month, on February 18, I attended Amnesty International Indonesian Influencer Webinar. It was the first time for me to attend such thing, so I was nervous and excited at the same time. I didn’t understand at first, but it was a wonderful experience. There were 5 bloggers from Indonesia: Enda Nasution, Marisa Duma, M. Ilman Akbar, Anita Carmencita, and me. There were also some people from Online Communities division of Amnesty International: James Skinner, Ryan Visser, Jai Kotecha, Jennifer Bilec-Sullivan, Abigail O’hanlon and Mirinda Boon-Kuo.

On 2001, President Bush issues a military order on the “Detention, Treatment and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens, in the War Against Terrorism”, purporting to authorize the Pentagon to hold non US-citizens in indefinite custody without charge. Next, the first detainees are transferred to Guantanamo from Afghanistan and are held in wire mesh cages in an area known as “Camp X-Ray”. Starting on 2005, Amnesty International called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay, followed by other organizations and former presidents including Carter and Clinton. Amnesty International had also published the names of 39 people who are believed to have been held in secret CIA custody and whose current whereabouts remain unknown. So, on 2008, Amnesty International released the Counter Terror with Justice: A checklist for the next US President.

Most Indonesians supported Barack Obama. Some of them did because they believed “he can”, while the rest were just joining the euphoria because Obama lived in Indonesia when he was a kid. Amnesty International also thinks that Obama can do better things than what the former president did. Change is possible, including on certain fields like human rights.

You can read the checklist by clicking here. If you want me to shorten the .pdf file, the checklist from Amnesty includes: “Close Guantanamo and illegal detention, eradicate torture, end impunity.” Is it difficult to be achieved? Obama still has 56 days to do this. Amnesty (and I) hope you can also participate on this movement, well… if you support human rights and think that we should counter terror with justice instead of torture.  Please sign the petition, stating that, “You can counter terror with justice. We are counting on you.” Until today, 19716 people have signed the petition. I am signing it. Are you willing to do so? If it’s a nod, you can sign the petition here.

http://obama100days.amnesty.org/petition.html

Can you do it? Let me know what you think! If you sign, or even if you don’t, tell me… Just like what Pure Saturday said, “Time for a change…”


Guildford

Reading time: 3 – 4 minutes

What I did back then in Guildford. I know that pictures tell a thousand words. But what about, a few videos? I almost cried watching these. Have a look.

So… what is it, exactly?

Global Changemakers will create and support a large global network of future young activists and social entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 25 and develop them into Changemakers. It builds on the existing Road to Davos and Learning from the Future projects. The British Council is currently working with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and, based on the success of this collaboration, will work with other international forums such as the UN to ensure that the youth voice is heard and the participants’ skills are shaped by the experience. The aim is to create a powerful global network for action that provides opportunities to share experiences and help young people make practical and visible differences in their communities, countries and regions.

A Changemaker is:

  • Able to influence his or her community as well as speak to authority with confidence and passion.
  • Not afraid to challenge either accepted ways of thinking or their convictions.
  • Forward looking, take his/her ideas and put them into practice.
  • Accepts difference, flexible, able to take on new ideas and skills and will communicate them to others.
Becoming a Changemaker takes longer than one or two weeks: participants have to be prepared to commit to the programme for longer – but in return, the British Council commits to the Changemakers. The engagement may take a number of forms: for instance, taking part in regional or global think tanks, participating in awareness-raising campaigns and developing and running community projects on their return home.
Feel free to browse around the official Global Changemakers website. You can also ask me anytime about it. :)