A love letter, to my life Changemakers

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It was supposed to be a good start of the week. A few days left to thesis submission, my days always began with sleepless nights. But, as soon as I received an e-mail from an old friend, my heart leaped reading the subject. It was Fran, the Global Changemakers’ team leader. I haven’t heard from Fran for awhile, thus I was very glad to have received some news from her. Little that  I knew, it was not a good news.

The e-mail was sent to inform an important update that the Global Changemakers programme has been discontinued. It was such, such a heartbreaking news for me. Global Changemakers is a platform for youth activists from all around the world, established and run by the British Council, supported by the World Economic Forum. Every year, it organises the Global Youth Summit (as well as a number of non-regular regional youth summits) to gather young people and train them to develop projects in order to make betterment of their respective communities. It also supports the projects led by its participants, through the Community Action Projects grants scheme, as well as Changemakers’ Toolkit that it has developed.

Global Changemakers’ literally changed my life. And, this post, was written and dedicated to thank them: Fran, Gaby, Matt, Katherine, John, and the rest of the team, as well as every single Global Changemaker in the world.


A small note I left by the end of my first Global Changemakers summit.
January 24, 2009.
Today, 4.5 years later, I still feel the same. 


In 2009, I was an ordinary student in a public high school. Such a weirdo (and still am), did not really fit in school, could not handle bullying, could not manage my stress, and ended up looking for extracurricular activities outside school. I yearned to travel, to see the world, to get to know strangers, and basically, to make my life a better one; an extraordinary one. I then applied to participate in the 3rd Global Changemakers Youth Summit 2009 (formerly called Global Changemakers Guildford Forum 2009). And in a blink, my life changed.

In the summit, I trained myself to be a better person. I learned on how to speak well in front of the public, and basically how to manage a project. Most of all, for the first time in my life, I flew so far, without my parents (my last international trip was in 1995). For the first time, I landed my feet in London (and saw The Lion King at the West End!). For the first time, I finally made use of my English to its native speakers. I met inspiring young people, some of whom I’ve written about in my book. Including Simon Moss, an alumnus of Global Changemakers–who then became the respondent for my undergraduate thesis. Yet also, I got to know Fajar Anugerah, whom was assigned to ‘accompany’ me during the travels (flights). We became really good friends ever since, and he’s now like a surrogate brother to me (I could never ask for a better one).

Indonesian Youth Conference (IYC), an annual programme of Sinergi Muda, that is going to be held for the fourth time this year, was initially my outcome from the summit. After the event, the participants were encouraged to develop a project that will benefit our community in the Community Action Projects scheme, and my idea was to organise IYC. I proposed the idea and Global Changemakers provided a small amount of start-up grant, which I used to print proposals and stuff. They also introduced me to Veronica Colondam, the CEO of YCAB Foundation, who then agreed to become my mentor in organising IYC.

A few months later, Global Changemakers asked me to represent Indonesia in its programme with the G-20, in which we were asked to develop our own version of communique to be handed to the Head of States who were in London for the G-20. I did a crash course on Indonesian economics with my then-boyfriend’s Dad, especially its relevance towards the global financial crisis. We presented the communique to David Miliband in the House of Lords; and I personally met former PM Gordon Brown, President Felipe Calderon, and our very own President Yudhoyono. In that occasion, I became acquaintances with Dino Patti Djalal. He would have never come to my book launch hadn’t we met in the UK.

Time went by, and IYC was successfully held. It then became one of the most successful Community Action Projects and was featured in the Global Changemakers’ annual report. Because of that, I was asked to develop a Social Media Toolkit to help other changemakers to design and develop the social media strategy for their projects.

Now, well, I am who I am now. And I would never, ever be this person if it weren’t for the Global Changemakers.

So, knowing that the programme has been discontinued really, really breaks my heart. I really wished that there were more young people who could have been a part of it, and could have their lives changed as what Global Changemakers have done to me. But, I am surer than ever, that its legacy will live on, and every Changemaker in the world is going to leave a dent in the universe (as deep as the dent that Global Changemakers had left in my heart — a good dent, of course).

Thank you, Gaby, Katherine, Matt, Fran. I hope you would know that you have given a tremendous amount of contribution in people’s lives, especially in mine. You guys have helped me improved myself to be a better person, and supported me in reaching my dream to change the world (one step at a time). I’ve always tried to connect all the dots, and I’ve realised that Global Changemakers will always be a part of those connections (one of the bigger dots, even). I wish you all the best for your future endeavours, and I dearly hope that our paths will cross again sometime (just like what happened with me and Gaby when I had the chance to visit Bern!).

I love you, guys.

Thank you for being a part of my life, and helping me to make it an awesome one. x

Unleashing Indonesia

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6 months ago, a program of McKinsey & Company called Young Leaders for Indonesia commenced. I have been honoured to be able to join the 6-month program involved by 60 participants from a variety of universities in Indonesia and Singapore. The program is very competitive, and I was surprised that I was accepted as one of the attendees. At the first day the forum, it was unsurprising for me to witness the brilliancy of other participants. All the intelligent wit, high-achieving nature, and aspiration to unleash Indonesia — or at least that’s how McKinsey label this passion.

The program was divided into three forums. Each of the forum contents a specific theme, and even more specific modules. Forum I was called “Lead Self”; Forum II was called “Lead Teams”; and Forum III was called “Lead Indonesia”. McKinsey & Company shared many modules, including the problem solving framework used by McKinsey & Company, integrity module, etc. They also invite high profile leaders, including Tri Mumpuni, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Anies Baswedan, Sandiaga Uno, Aldi Haryopratomo, Pahala Mansury, and plenty others in each forum.

In all three forums, we got the chance to meet many leaders with similar profiles. A lot of them used to work in consulting or auditing firms, namely McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, or KPMG. Many of them used to work or are still working in banks or financial institutions like J.P. Morgan, Saratoga Capital, Goldman Sachs, or Bank Mandiri. Plenty of them left Indonesia to the U.S. to get an M.B.A. (or even PhD) degree, then come back to Indonesia to become Senior Vice President of something, Vice President of something, or CEO of something else. Some of them choose to work in the government, mostly in the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight.

It was also not a surprise for me that most of us then became unsure about what we would like to do for the rest of our lives. A participant used to want to be a lecturer so bad; but then she changed her mind and applied for McKinsey entrance test. Another participant used to want to work in a social enterprise, but then changed his mind and want to work in a private equity instead. A lot of entrepreneurs-to-be shifted directions to be consultants; and vice versa.

And then, I realized, for some moments, I sensed that what the “leaders” have said, no matter how high his or her level is in the company or institution, is usually the same with what my mother and father said, or with what my friends said about life. Even without such experience like what those ‘leaders’ possess, they still say similar things.

I felt like I have met many younger leaders who are as inspiring. The people who did not have to go overseas to say that they have achieved something in their lives. The people who just enjoy what they do. The people who have the guts to do what they love–regardless what other people say about it. Regardless of how much money they make, or how many years have they served in the position.

It was the moment that I began to understand, thoroughly, that: no, you don’t have to be a CEO of something to be recognized as a leader. You don’t have to be a management consultant to prove to other people that you are smart, a hard worker, and a high achieving person. You don’t have to work in a certain delivery unit to contribute to your nation. You just have to do the things you love; and do it well. Do good deeds to others through your passion. Build the nation through what excites you–which probably make building the nation excites you too. That way, you’ll never get tired of doing things only to impress people. Instead, you’d be happy to be able to follow your heart and intuition.

A father is a leader too. So is a friend. Other people might not realize it, but we should. For every big changes should start within the smallest circle. A family. A relationship. A friendship. A group of friends. The smallest groups that eventually form a big nation populated by 240 million something of people.

If getting to know about a variety of industry and developing strategy is your passion, work in a management consulting firm. If helping people through medical consultations is your passion, be a doctor. If sharing your knowledge, giving learning materials, and delivering lectures is your passion, get a masters degree and be a lecturer. If making people laugh brings joy to yourself, be a stand-up comedian.

Nobody has the right to look down on you just because you are doing the things that you love. Even if to them it seems less prestigious. Being able to follow our passion is a luxury. Therefore, if we have the chance too, I think we should pursue it.

We don’t have to be under the spotlight to give an impact in other people’s lives; and we don’t have to do something just because we want other to recognize our existence. Our choice might not be the best one, but make sure we make the most honest choice; for a path chosen now is the path that we’ll get to go on for the rest of our lives.

Thank you, Young Leaders for Indonesia, for the lessons learned.

How would you like to unleash Indonesia?

One Young World! :)

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Last month, I had the privilege to be one of the 17 delegates from Indonesia who could go to One Young World Summit 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. I was sponsored by EuroRSCG Indonesia.

During the event, I met heaps of inspiring young (and a bit older) people. Counsellors, speakers, and delegates were gave so much knowledge and experience in only 3 days. One of the counsellors that caught my attention was Wael Ghonim, a ‘cyber’ activist that mobilized Egyptian youth during the January 25 revolution.

Wael Ghonim mobilized Egyptian youth through Facebook, under the page name: “We are all Khaled Said”, to campaign against police brutality. He was captured by the police for 12 days, but then freed, and was chosen by Egyptian youth to represent them.

You can read his profiles on TIME and BBC.

Aside from Wael Ghonim, there were many more inspiring people attending the event, including the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, Jamie Oliver, Muhammad Yunus, and plenty others. Our own Sherina Munaf even performed a song she wrote especially for OYW, Sing Your Mind, and received a standing ovation at the closing ceremony.

I’m so sorry for the short post — but will let you know more about it soon! ‘Til my next post! Happy Sunday


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Last June, I was invited by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to speak on behalf of Asian youth on the youth panel “Global Youth: Leading Change”, at the 100th Session of the International Labour Conference, Geneva, Switzerland. I shared the stage with prominent young leaders from other continents, including Monique Coleman, the first UN Youth Champion (who is also an actress! Disney Channel lovers must be familiar with her). It was such an honour for me to be able to speak at Palais des Nations. Here’s a video highlight of the session.

However, I managed to secure some time to travel around. Switzerland is a country with the highest living cost in the world, so I decided I should get out of the country to avoid losing a fortune just by traveling around Geneva. So, I booked a flight with a low-cost carrier EasyJet to visit Nice, France, for a few days. :p 

I took a picture with a miniature of Borobudur Temple made of metal (I don’t know which kind – but looks like silver) given by the late Abdurrachman Wahid to the ILO. I also put a picture of the Geneva scenery seen from ILO’s office, as well as the Jet D’eau, Geneva’s most famous landmark.

I had so much fun in Geneva! Thanks to ILO Jakarta – especially Mr. Peter van Rooij (Director of ILO Jakarta) & Mr. Tendy Gunawan – for giving me such great opportunity; also to Mrs. Clare Schenker who assisted me (a lot!) in arranging my trip. Last but not least, thank you my cousin Didiet Maulana for Ikat Indonesia‘s tenun ikat blazer I wore at the conference, and to Diana Rikasari who gave me one of her UP collections, the gorgeous Anjani Black wedges.

What city would you like to visit if you only had 6 months left in your life? :)

Pemuda-pemudi Pembuat Perubahan

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Hari itu, saya sedang menjalani pelatihan untuk menjadi fasilitator di acara Global Youth Summit (GYS) keempat, sebuah acara yang diselenggarakan oleh British Council. Saya, bersama delapan rekan Global Changemakers dari seluruh dunia, dilatih untuk memfasilitasi berbagai sesi di GYS sebagai peer facilitator, mendampingi John Martin yang menjadi fasilitator utama. Pelatihan diselenggarakan selama seminggu di Jerwood Space, Southwark, London, pada tanggal 10 sampai 14 November 2009.

Di acara pelatihan inilah, saya pertama kali bertemu dengan Mohammed Barry, seorang pemuda sepantaran saya yang berasal dari Gambia. Jujur, waktu itu adalah pertama kalinya saya mendengar sebuah negara bernama Gambia. Gambia adalah sebuah negara Muslim di Afrika.

Suatu sore, kami diminta untuk memberikan pitch selama 2 menit, di mana kami menjelaskan aktivisme kami: apa yang telah kami lakukan, dan apa yang ingin kami lakukan, untuk “mengubah dunia” sebagai Changemakers. Ketika tiba saatnya giliran Barry, Ia maju dan memulai pitch-nya.

“Selamat malam. Nama saya Mohammed Barry. Saya berasal dari Gambia. Saya adalah satu dari 40 juta penduduk dunia yang mengidap penyakit HIV/AIDS.”

Saya membeku ketika mendengar hal tersebut. Bukan karena takut, melainkan karena motivasi saya tiba-tiba naik sebesar entah berapa persen! Saya, bersama Barry dan fasilitator lainnya, telah menjalani hari-hari bersama di sebuah hostel di bilangan Rotherhithe, di dekat Canada Water. Kami pergi makan di Chinatown, berjalan-jalan di pinggir danau Surrey Water, dan bertukar informasi mengenai negara masing-masing di dalam tube maupun taksi. Saya menyimpulkan bahwa Barry sama seperti yang lainnya. Hal tersebut memancing konklusi lain, bahwa orang yang mengidap HIV/AIDS sama seperti orang lain, sehingga tidak ada alasan bagi kita untuk mendiskriminasi mereka maupun memperlakukan mereka dengan berbeda. HIV/AIDS tidak menular lewat kontak fisik maupun udara. HIV/AIDS hanya akan menular jika terjadi pertukaran cairan tubuh.

Fakta ini membuat saya menjadi jauh lebih mengidolakan Barry. Ia adalah sosok yang sangat inspiratif bagi saya dan teman-teman fasilitator lainnya. Saya bercerita padanya, “Barry, dulu saya punya kerabat yang mengidap penyakit yang sama. Tapi, ia tidak punya semangat hidup, dan ‘kalah’ hanya dalam waktu dua tahun. Saya pikir mungkin itu juga karena ia tidak rutin minum obat.” Barry menanggapi, “Saya sudah 11 tahun mengidap AIDS. Saya tidak pernah minum obat. Saya hanya mengandalkan semangat hidup dan dukungan dari keluarga saya.” Saya tidak bisa berkata apa-apa ketika mendengarnya. Hanya bisa kagum.

Mohammed Barry mewakili negara Gambia di Africa Youth Summit 2009, yang diselenggarakan pada pertengahan tahun 2009 di Cape Town, Afrika Selatan. Di antara 84 orang yang juga berpartisipasi, Barry terpilih untuk mewakili Global Changemakers Afrika di World Economic Forum Afrika. Ia memberikan pendidikan gratis bagi anak-anak yang kurang mampu, terutama yang mengidap berbagai penyakit, di rumah sakit. Ia juga memperjuangkan agar anak-anak di Gambia bisa mendapatkan pendidikan gratis dengan membangun sekolah komunitas yang tidak menarik uang iuran bagi murid-muridnya.

Selain Barry, masih ada Mousa Musa, seorang pemuda asal Baghdad, Irak. Mousa adalah Global Changemaker pertama yang harus menggunakan kursi roda dalam bermobilisasi. Pada awalnya, saya tidak berkesempatan untuk berinteraksi dalam waktu lama dengan Mousa, karena ia tidak berada di kelompok saya. Di hari terakhir GYS, terpilih 20 orang dari total 60 peserta yang akan diwawancara untuk mewakili Global Changemakers di berbagai high level events seperti World Economic Forum dan Global Humanitarian Forum. Mousa merupakan salah satu dari 20 orang tersebut. Dalam sesi wawancara, menurut semua staf British Council dan fasilitator yang hadir, Mousa adalah kandidat terbaik untuk mewakili Global Changemakers. Ia mendapatkan vote paling banyak dari tim penilai, dan mungkin juga dari rekan-rekannya di GYS. Mousa hendak memperjuangkan pendidikan bagi anak-anak serta pemuda-pemudi yang cacat. Ia berhasil menyampaikan aspirasinya dengan lantang, padat, serta begitu persuasif. Lagi-lagi, saya merasa begitu terinspirasi.

Saya menulis ini bukan demi Barry maupun Mousa, tetapi demi anak-anak Indonesia—dan mungkin anak-anak di seluruh dunia. Salah satu isu terbesar yang dibahas di GYS keempat pada Bulan November 2009 adalah fakta bahwa anak-anak muda di dunia memiliki sifat apatis yang terlalu besar. Kita tidak pernah peduli, dan kita tidak pernah ingin membuat perubahan. Walaupun sebenarnya, kita bisa, dan kita mampu. Padahal, saat muda adalah saat yang paling tepat, di mana rasa idealisme kita masih berada pada puncaknya.

Bagi saya, Barry dan Mousa menjadi contoh bahwa tidak ada halangan bagi kita, anak muda, jika kita ingin membuat perubahan. Barry hidup dengan HIV/AIDS, sementara Mousa hidup dengan kursi rodanya. Rasa empati yang Barry miliki terhadap anak-anak di Gambia yang juga mengidap HIV/AIDS menumbuhkan semangatnya untuk memperbaiki keadaan itu. Rasa empati yang Mousa miliki terhadap anak-anak penyandang cacat di Irak pun memupuk semangat yang sama baginya untuk melakukan perubahan. Barry dan Mousa percaya bahwa tanpa pendidikan yang layak, masalah-masalah yang terjadi di negara dan benuanya sampai kapanpun tidak akan terselesaikan. Dengan sarana dan prasarana yang terbatas, mereka berusaha untuk memupuk semangat dan motivasi kepada anak-anak dan pemuda-pemudi Gambia dan Irak.

Barry tidak pernah mengeluh kedinginan, kelelahan, apalagi mengeluh bahwa ia sakit. Ia adalah pemuda yang cemerlang, dan berani mengatakan pada dunia bahwa ia mengidap HIV/AIDS. Menurut saya, pengakuan seperti itu membutuhkan keberanian yang luar biasa besar.

Mousa tidak pernah putus asa maupun merasa rendah diri hanya karena ia harus menggunakan kursi roda. Sebaliknya, setiap malam ia melakukan sit down comedy (karena tidak bisa stand up comedy!) di depan peserta GYS, membagi pandangannya terhadap masalah yang dihadapi oleh negara-negara di dunia, terutama Irak, dan apa yang menurutnya bisa dilakukan oleh pemuda-pemudi dunia untuk memperbaiki hal tersebut.

Bagaimana dengan kamu? Apa yang sudah kamu lakukan untuk membuat perubahan?

Are you a Global Changemaker?

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Hey everyone,

I got two news. Bad news: I am ill. Good news: read on.

Do you remember my trip to Guildford and London earlier this year? I represented Indonesia in two events held by British Council UK & Switzerland, which are Global Changemakers Guildford Forum 2009 and Global Changemakers at the London Summit 2009. Global Changemakers itself is a programme by British Council that 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. There are some of you who have asked me earlier about joining this programme, and I sadly answer: “I am afraid that Indonesians won’t be able to apply in 2010, because we need to share the opportunities to other countries in East Asia.”. Well now, I have a great news.

I just received an e-mail from a British Council staff who works in Social Development division. The e-mail contained stories from Mimi (GCM at the London Summit), Thom Woodroofe (African Youth Summit), and Linn Kyaw Swar (GCMGF). By the end of the e-mail, it was written that they are “actively promoting this programme to networks of young activists in Japan, Burma, Thailand and Australia. But, they welcome applications from eligible young people from the whole region!

If you live in one of those countries (Japan, Burma, Thailand, Australia), you can contact these people at your local British Council office: Kyi Kyi Pyone (Burma), Amrit Gill (Australia), Tom Mayes (Japan), and Matumon Katerenchuk (Thailand). And if not, here is something for you to remember, take notes, anywhere…

Promotion of the programme for the next cohort will begin in July, and registration via the GCM website (http://www.global-changemakers.net) will run from 1 to 21 August.

So, if you are a young activist who’s willing to be the change you want to see in the world, prepare yourself. Make sure you register yourself for the programme. Make Indonesia proud. Make other countries bored with Indonesians invading their events and getting the awards. I’ve told you on my blog header: WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

Good luck!

You can read about my trips to London here:

Steve Adams, GCM Manager for East Asia region, said that you need to be between 16 and 19, speak good English, be active in your community and want to make a positive change in the world. So, do you think you are eligible to apply?

Impossible is Impossible

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Another round of traveling to London with the Global Changemakers! I am so grateful that I got the chance to have a go again, and terribly sorry if there are some people who think that I am showing off by posting this. No, I’m not. I just want to share the experience to you folks… therefore people will be reminded with what Walt Disney said, If you can dream it – then you can do it. Just Google about something that you really want to do, you’ll find something great, and go for it. Nothing is impossible, trust me.

Learning the hard way!

There were 21 of us, 20 people from the G20 countries + 1 from Thailand as ASEAN’s representative. This event is related to the G20 Leaders Summit, maybe you had watched about it on TV. I met some of the same people from the last event in Guildford including the British Council team (both from UK and Switzerland, plus 2 new members: Paola and Fran), Scott (UK) and Sofia (Canada). I also met new people of course, and all of them were wonderful.

This is what we did in London:

  • Working, working, working… We had to decide what we think the world leaders have to do to tackle the global financial crisis. We thought about it from every aspects, including environmental and social. We also worked with UK Youth to exchange knowledge about what is really happening in our countries. I could proudly say that Indonesia is holding up relatively well, the inflation pressure was reduced, and our economic growth still recorded a surplus. Most of the working sessions took place in InnovationArts, a very innovative place to work!
  • Roundtable discussion with Katherine Garrett-Cox, Simon Taylor, and Diana Wais at The Economist with Matthew Bishop as the moderator!
  • Some of us met the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP at Downing Street No. 11. Too bad I wasn’t one of them. :(
  • Met UK Prime Minister, Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, and President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa of Mexico at Downing Street No. 10. It was a real quick meeting, but I was still speechless.
  • Conversation with Cherie Booth, or famously known as Cherie Blair. Yes, she was UK’s ‘first lady’ but she prefers to be called with her maiden name. She’s a leading specialist in human rights law issues.
  • Went to The Bank of England. Yes, it’s pretty much the same with other museums in the UK. Real fun, free, and you don’t want to get out of there.
  • Reception at the House of Lords, hosted by the Lord Speaker, Rt Hon Baroness Hayman. We met David Miliband to give our version of communique. FYI, the G20 always produces communiques, you can read all of them here.
  • Plenary session with Rt Hon John McFall MP, Chair of UK Treasury Committee.
  • Went to Zuhal Amadeus Sultan‘s recital. She is a Global Changemaker from Iraq and she’s organizing the first orchestra in Iraq, called National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. Check out Zuhal’s page to know more about it. She was really an inspiration.

Copyright © 2009 Chris Tribble/www.ctribble.co.uk.

I couldn’t even believe I was there! The main idea of this event was actually to let us meet our leaders. Unfortunately, only Leticia (Mexico) and Scott (UK) who got the chance to meet their leaders. I don’t want to miss the chance, really. So, I contacted Mr Herry who works in KBRI – I met him on January – and told him that I’d like to meet Mr President. He said that Mr President had a very tight schedule and well, I understood. But he offered another thing, which was having lunch with The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Hassan Wirajuda; Indonesian Ambassador for UK, Mr Yuri Thamrin; and also my idol… Mr Dino Patti Djalal! I said yes.

And guess what, I really got the chance to meet Mr President! I shook hands with him. It was thrilling, and exciting, at the same time! I didn’t regret running around the underground stations, walking near the demonstrators, waiting for hours at the hotel corridors… I finally met him. Other people said that it was impossible to meet him in London, but this is an evidence that,

Impossible is something
that’s impossible.

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Write what you want on a piece of paper, or in your mind. And, go for it.

PS: Pay attention to my outfit. Yes, I am, Indonesian. And lovin’ it!

Global Financial Crisis

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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.