Published by Bowo on 08 Jun 2011 at 05:28 am
To connect more people globally, WiserEarth as an online social networking platform is spreading the WiserLocal gatherings initiative. Following up on the success of such gatherings in Paris, we launched the first WiserJakarta gathering in partnership with Green Artspace, a day prior to the World Environment Day.
Inspiring space. Good people. Fruitful gathering.
It was a relatively cool Saturday afternoon in the Southern part of Jakarta, as Indonesia enters the dry season. About 30 people gathered at Green Artspace in Abdul Majid Eco-House to discuss a crucial topic at the nexus of social justice and environmental sustainability: food.
It was also an avenue to network with like-minds, who are concerned about this issue, or already are doing something about it.
Healthy, humane and sustainable food
We had five speakers presenting about the various aspects around this topic.
Ahmad Arif (@aik_arif), architect, journalist and author, talked about how farmers can achieve sovereignty through organic food. He talks about empowering farmers, and farmers empowering themselves by going back to, and learning from mother earth…. to find solutions that are local to their farming conditions.
Agam Fathurrochman (@Agamf), accountant, columnist and anti-corruption activist talked about his organic goat ranch, that also combines elements of sustainable farming and fishery. He also spoke about the need for ranchers and farmers to be creative in how they can break free from the dependency to industrial feed for their goats, cattle, fish and chicken. At the same time, he also advocates for the government to put in place mechanism to protect small ranchers and farmers.
Yuli Retnani (@yuliretnani), lecturer and researcher at Bogor Agriculture Institute, discussed about how converting organic waste from traditional market into feed for goats, can actually improve the health of goats and the quality of the meat produced in terms of nutrition, when compared with conventional factory-made feed.
Nita Roshita (@nroshita), Station Manager of GreenRadio FM, shared about the station’s initiative called “Adopt a Tree”, which channels adoption fund from city-dwellers to initiatives that empowers local farmers with sustainable goat ranching techniques, co-creation of a local eco-tourism site, and also a community radio. Only this way will the farmer support the reforestation effort. Nita aptly titled her presentation “Save Earth, Save Human”.
Shafiq Pontoh (@shafiqpontoh), one of the lead organizers of Indonesia Berkebun (Indonesia Gardens), speak about how urban gardening can teach people to know the origins of the food on their table and appreciate it (and the farmers) better. Converting abandoned, negative space in the city, into community-run gardens, they manage to provide a stream of income for locals, as well as an alternative entertainment to the higher class citizens of the city (who would usually go to the mall in the weekends). Their model was also designed to be fun and self-sustaining, resulting in the initiatives springing up in cities across Indonesia.
Networking with like-minds
Prior to, in between, and after the talks and presentations, we had live music from the Street Buskers Community (KPJ Bekasi), singing songs of solidarity and care for nature.
For a view of the gathering, have a look at the short video below.
And some more photos from the wonderful afternoon.
Online to onland: how it got started
This gathering itself started out on WiserEarth, when Wibowo Sulistio (bowo, @qriouslad), the (then) online community manager of WiserEarth, ‘met’ Sitta F. Abdullah (sittafa, @SittaFAbdullah), who manages the Green Artspace.
We exchanged messages on WiserEarth, got connected and met at the beatiful and progressive space that’s not only a ‘green’ art gallery, but also an office of GreenstarArtek, a green technology solutions provider, and also an eco-house at the same time! After a couple of hours of wide-ranging discussion, we agreed to collaborate on hosting the first WiserJakarta gathering @ Green Artspace.
It took two weeks from, “yes, let’s do this” to the event day. And all of this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of four wonderful volunteers: Andi Fachri (@AndiFa), Claudia Von Nasution (@odeelix), Artanto Isham (@peppeishaam), and Bonni Perdhana Chaniago (@bonni_pc). They helped with setting up the space, attendee registration, photo and video documentation, as well as live-tweeting the event. Thank you!
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… or email Bowo at bowo[at]wiserearth.org
Want to organize your own WiserLocal gathering?
Read up some more on organizing your own gathering, and contact Camilla at camilla[at]wiserearth.org.
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