Thank you for making IYC a dream that comes true

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Thank you—for making Indonesian Youth Conference a dream that comes true.

On Friday, January 23, 2009, IYC was only an idea that I presented in front 59 other Global Changemakers from 36 countries, who participated in the Guildford Forum, which was held in Surrey, UK.

On another Friday, precisely March 13, 2009, I published a Facebook® note for my friends, asking if there are people who were interested to participate as volunteers in this project.

We spent approximately six months to develop the program concept, and one year to practically prepare the programme.

We held two pre-events.

Make Your Voice Heard! Blog Competition was held in partnership with the Jakarta Globe in August 2009 to celebrate International Youth Day–yet we also launched our website on the same day. The topic was Online All The Time: Youth & New Media – The Impact of Social Networking and the Online World on Indonesian Culture.

Road to Indonesian Youth Conference was held to promote about the event and call for provincial delegates with the theme Follow Your Passion, as we wanted to emphasise the fact that no matter what our passion is, we can make a positive contribution for Indonesia. It was held in 4 schools & universities (SMA Negeri 82 Jakarta, SMA Islam Al-Azhar 1, Prasetiya Mulya Business School and Institut Teknologi Bandung).

These events were closed by a press conference attended by 42 media offices, held in EMAX Kemang on July 15, 2010. was visited by 145,240 unique visitors, resulting in 3,663,507 hits until July 13, 2010. Apply IYC! sub-site alone was visited by 12,386 people; Saatnya Suara Kita Didengar! sub-site has 1,280 registered users who posted more than 500 blog entries (but only 290 published) and it has been visited by 46,358 people; Forum & Festival IYC sub-site, where people can order ticket to, was visited for 105,847 times in only one month.

A community-formed group, IYCers, has 482 members by now. This group was not formed by IYC at all, it was built on IYC supporters initiative alone.

Earlier this month—July 1 to 4, 2010, IYC had finally taken place. We brought 33 young activists from 30 provinces to attend the forum. AIESEC Indonesia, Shahnaz Haque, Gilang Ramadhan, Nina Moran (Gogirl! Magazine), Tambok Setyawati (BNI), Anies Baswedan (Universitas Paramadina), and Fajar Anugerah (British Council Indonesia) shared their knowledge and experience to these provincial delegates. We also brought 392 visitors to the festival to 16 series of seminar/talkshow sessions, in which they could attend 5 of them by only paying Rp50.000,- (approx. $5).

The themes were:

  • Education (Arief Rachman & Beben Supendi Mulyana)
  • Environment (Yadi Haryadi & Verena Puspawardani)
  • Diplomacy (Fariz Al-Mehdawi & Dino Patti Djalal)
  • Anti-Corruption (Transparency International Indonesia)
  • Culture (Didiet Maulana & Ayudya Soemawinata)
  • Film-Music-Photography (Mira Lesmana, Pandji Pragiwaksono & Arseto Adiputra)
  • Politics (Jerry Sambuaga & Bima Arya Sugiarto – moderated by Najwa Shihab)
  • Global Citizenship (Mercy Corps)
  • Health (Elsar Hayer)
  • Activism & Volunteering (Coin A Chance!, Satoe Indonesia, SLB Prima Bakti)
  • Changemakers Corner (Guinandra Luthfan Jatikusumo, Eko Ramaditya Adikara, Dina Puspita, Hendrik Bera)
  • Pluralism (Hasta Nirmaya, Pekik Nur Sasongko, Dhimas Dhifka Saputro & Lola Amaria)
  • Media (Desi Anwar & Armando Siahaan)
  • Economics (Rivandra Royono)
  • Entrepreneurship (Yoris Sebastian, Sandiaga Uno & Goris Mustaqim)
  • Music Clinic (DREW)

These sessions were closed by the performances of PROJECTHREE, L’alphalpha, Pandji Pragiwaksono (feat. LAMURU), DREW, Efek Rumah Kaca, and Saung Angklung Udjo.

This really exceeded our expectation. We only expected to sell less than 366 tickets, according to the capacity of the venue, Komunitas Salihara. For us, it was a huge success. Not quantity-wise, but how the visitors felt about IYC. How they shared their ideas, thoughts, and knowledge they obtained at IYC to a broader community, through Twitter and other tools. We could feel this positive, vibrant energy coming from them. From what they said, from what they have learned. It was beyond everything else. We felt ecstatically happy.

A few things that made me smile:

“I am so impressed with last week’s IYC. I am so proud of all the bright young people I met. Thanks for organizing it, Alanda. Keep the flame alive.” – Dino Patti Djalal, Presidential Spokesperson for International Affairs & core founder of Modernisator

“Glad to know that there are young Indonesians who want to be agent of change. Youngsters who give a damn. Kudos IYC.” – Armando Siahaan, reporter of The Jakarta Globe

“Bantu gue ucapkan SELAMAT kepada IYC, kemarin mereka telah menciptakan perubahan yang baik untuk bangsa.” – Pandji Pragiwaksono, presenter & musisi

“Masih sedikit sekali sumbangan yang saya lakukan untuk bangsa, dan masih sedikit sekali yang bisa saya utarakan untuk sharing. Namun, saya bahagia bisa ikut terlibat di dalamnya dan diberikan kesempatan sharing bersama generasi muda yang luar biasa.” – Beben Supendi Mulyana, Founder of Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran

“Anak-anak muda yang dateng ke IYC hebat-hebat, mereka datang dengan kesadaran untuk mencerdaskan diri sendiri dan berdiskusi. Seneng ngeliantya. There’s hope.” – Raditya Dika

IYC was also featured on more than 46 media, including:

We made into the Jakarta Globe‘s front page, got another article inside, and an editorial feature. All three of them were in the same edition.

Click here for the full article published by The Jakarta Post.

We also got featured, for one full page, by the Media Indonesia on its special youth section, “MOVE”.

On January 23, 2009, back in the UK–I did not know that this would happen, but I had faith in it. I had (and still have) faith that if we believe in ourselves, we can make something happen. Even two weeks before IYC, we still did not know that this would happen. We had not been able to secure the funding, we had almost literally nothing. On July 4, 2010, we made it. IYC actually happened. Yes, it did.

It was completely, inevitably, our wildest dream that came true. Plus, with all of your responses… We could not say anything. We could not speak. But, I bet our expressions have said everything. Our smile too. All I could do was to be all-teary, thanking God, thanking everyone, thanking you. Thanking for making my dream actually comes true… to one thing that’s much even better than what I have always imagined.

Yet, these are, a few lessons I learned from IYC:

  • There are always people who will tell you that you cannot do something. There are always people who will steal your ideas, concepts, or even tangible items from you. You must not let these types of people stop you from accomplishing your idea.
  • Nothing forbids you to have a big dream. Doing a successful-but-small thing is much better than failing to realise a big thing. Be realistic. On the other hand, remember: everything is possible.
  • Communications is the most important thing and it has to be maintained. There were a lot of miscommunications in the committee that led to unnecessary problems. Do not forget to sustain the communication system and clarify when you are not sure whether you understand something or not.
  • When you want to do a good deed to make a positive impact in your society, you will be likely to achieve it. Other good things will follow you. People will support you. God is Graceful, you know? Trust me.
  • For me, personally, without me realising it: it was difficult for me to get out of my comfort zone. I hope that IYC would be my turning point to be a better person. I thank Ghian for the wake-up call.
  • Priority is also important. In social or voluntary work, we have to be able to allocate our time well on everything that we do or have to take care of. The lack of the ability to prioritise has been one of the most common problems among the committee. Sometimes it was difficult to hold meeting because each of us are busy with our own activities.
  • The power of mind really is powerful. To be honest, I did not have a back up plan. I did not think of what I could do if IYC was not successful. It was all there. The images of the event, the talks, the ambiance… It was in my head already since I was in the UK. This led to one of the conversations I had with Abenk. His mother said that “everything happens twice”—the first one would be in our mind when we first thought about it, the second one is the realisation; if we work hard on it. So, visualise your dream. Whoops, you’re there already.

All in all, again, thank you for your unconditional support for IYC. You mean so much to us. Thank you for having faith in us. We hope that what we have done would make a positive change in the society. Amin.

PS: Dreams come true. Get it? So, dream on, pursue it.