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The Launch of Indorelawan.org

20-02-2014 is such a historic day! After months of approaching organizations and coordinating with volunteers, we have finally launched http://www.indorelawan.org, an online platform where volunteers and volunteering opportunities can meet. Building the website while setting the organization up has been such a challenge for the team. The bureaucratic nightmare of setting up a foundation in … Continue reading

2013: A Tipping Point?

If you’ve been following the news on the G8, you would know that on 6 June 2013, UK Prime Minister David Cameron launched the London Social Stock Exchange, the first of its kind. The launch of the Social Stock Exchange was done simultaneously with the announcements of a tax break consultation for social investors and … Continue reading

Study Visit to Social Enterprises in UK

So early this May, my office sent me to accompany the CEC winners to visit some social enterprises in London. It was a really fun and inspiring week, I think our Indonesian social entrepreneurs really enjoyed the experience.¬† There was a post about in on The Guardian which you can find here¬†written by Tim Smedley. … Continue reading

A Glimpse into Community-based Social Enterprises in Indonesia

So last month we finally announced the champions of this year’s AGF-BC Community Entrepreneurs Challenge. As you already know from my previous post, one of the projects I handle at work is the Community Entrepreneurs Challenge, held in partnership by British Council and the Arthur Guinness Fund. This year, in addition to our annual nation-wide … Continue reading

An Ounce of Everyday Kindness

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post on this blog. I’m spending my end-of-the-year holidays on a bacpacking trip enjoying the ancient temples in Central and East Java. I’m writing this post on a bus heading from Ambarawa to Yogyakarta. Two days ago I was in Ungaran, Central Java to enjoy the five temples … Continue reading

Social Entrepreneurship and Civil Society

In May 2012, I participated in an Asia-Europe Social Enterprise Network event held by British Council Myanmar (Burma) and the Asia-Europe Foundation. During this event we visited a number of non-profit organizations in Myanmar that have adopted a social enterprise approach to their operations. The first social enterprise that we visited was FXB, an international … Continue reading

Cooperatives: Socialised Enterprises

As you may already know, the United Nations has declared 2012 as the International Year for Cooperatives. In celebration of such an important year, I’ve been meaning to write a post on the matter of cooperatives and social entrepreneurship, but I keep on getting trapped into writing long narratives on what cooperatives are and the … Continue reading

A Special Tribute to a Man Behind Indonesia’s Soc-Ent Scenes

This post is going to be a rather personal post and one that is not directly related to an Indonesian social entrepreneur (yet). This is going to be a post on one of the most ‘unreasonable’ people that I’ve ever had the privileged to call my colleague. In the world of social entrepreneurship, we often … Continue reading

Community-based Tourism in Waerebo, Flores

Last month, October 2011, I went on a 16-days backpacking trip across West and East Nusa Tenggara, going by land and sea from Jakarta to Lombok, pass Sumbawa and across Flores all the way to Maumere. It was my first time visiting this part of Indonesia and it was also my first time backpacking alone … Continue reading

Discussing the Role of NPOs at ANIS 2011

On 5-7 October 2011, I participated in the Asia NGO Innovation Summit 2011 that was jointly hosted by Intel and Hope Institute. The event was held at the KAL Hotel, Jeju Island, South Korea. The Summit was aimed to discuss social innovation and the role of Non-Government and Non-Profit Organizations in supporting it. Keynote speaker … Continue reading