Sociopreneur Indonesia Academy (SIDAcademy) is a program developed by SociopreneurID that focuses on increasing practical skills as part of the process of becoming an individual who has a designer’s mindset, skillset, and toolset.

SIDAcademy was first held in August 2020 by raising the theme “Freedom of Expression.” There were four classes on the workshop focused on providing understanding and exercises about creativity and expressing oneself. More about SIDAcademy: Freedom of Expression.

This October, SIDAcademy is back with the theme “Crafting Your Idea” which invites you to dream, visualise, create, and communicate your ideas through Visual Thinking and Storytelling
with Clarissa Amadhea and Nicholas Jiemas.

Meet the Speakers!

Nicholas Jiemas

As a Co-Lead at SociopreneurID Publishing, Nicholas maintains the publication of WEAVER (SociopreneurID digital magazine) as well as writing for newsletters, making comics, applicable games, and presenting several workshops/seminars.

Nicholas has a background in Entrepreneurship from a university in Tangerang where he conducted research on the behaviour of playing a boardgame. His areas of interest are in illustration, game design, and comics.

Clarissa Amadhea

Clarissa Amadhea is usually more familiarly called by Dhea. She is also the Co-Lead of SociopreneurID Publishing.

Dhea has so much interest in portraits of people and stories. She believes that everyone is a natural-born storyteller. Dhea has published a lot on publication content such as writing for Weaver magazine, compiling weekly newsletters, and working on SociopreneurID Mini Podcast.

This workshop is open to anyone who believes in their creativity and innovation skills, wants to meet new networks, and eager to learn #visualthinking and #storytelling intensively for two days (9 hours in total) with SociopreneurID Publishing (SIDPub).

Registration and more information 👉 bit.ly/SIDacademy2

Contact us for more information: +62 812 1106 0556 (Caca)

Imagine being in a system that demands the best performance to minimize defects or potential errors. It means that everything must be in the right order. The system has to work precisely, correctly, and entirely as designed.

The resembling example is the aviation system. The world of aviation is a world that demands high performance and high integrity. This system is unique, and it is likely the medical world. Small errors in the system can lead to fatal consequences – loss of life.

In contrast, system designers know no system is immune to errors, and users know that no performance is perfect. It is also no surprise that everyone prone to error. For each error a person has made, there is always the immediate outcome. One small thing affects bigger things. Therefore, it is vital to know how components in the system work.

Thus, as we know, there is no perfection in design as it human-made, does an error-free zone, or zero-defect a possibility? or we just rely on ‘errare humanum est’ or ‘to err is human’?

Similarly, discussing this topic cannot be separated from a classical debate on how one sees an error – the Ptolemaic world view and the Copernican world view. These views influenced how one sees human contribution to an accident or incident – looking for ‘who’ to blame or ‘what’ is the cause, which, later, used to decide: removing the ‘who’ or improving people in the system.

The topic will be further discussed on Social Entrepreneurship Sharing Session (Three-S) this October! Throughout October, Dessy Aliandrina and Novianta Hutagalung will share these three things regarding terminology, interrelationships, and examples from various cases.
Co-speaker for week two is Heru Wijayanto, Co-founder and operation manager of SocioprenuerID. Co-speaker for week three is Yolanda Hanjani, Co-lead of SociopreneurID Education (SIDEd).

Meet the Speakers!

Dessy Aliandrina

It was the spirit of “wanting to build something” that drove her interests in design, education, and entrepreneurship. She trained formally in engineering and developed her understanding of people, technology, and society by involving in social causes nationally and internationally for more than 16 years, including seven years working on aviation safety issues.

Since 2013, Dessy combined her knowledge and experiences in people, technology, and society to design targeted programs through social innovation and entrepreneurship education. Her experiences led her to serve Central Bank of Indonesia as Faculty Member and Research Fellow, innovation advisor in Central Bank, and subject-matter experts in various institutions and organizations.

Novianta Hutagalung

“Making a difference” has always been inspiring words for Novianta Hutagalung for many years. He currently serves as Bank Indonesia Institute Faculty Member, founder of BEMOVEID, Subject Expert Matter in SociopreneurID (SID), Future Leaders International Singapore Coach Faculty, and associate in one of the training and consultant firms in Indonesia.

He is also the author of Brain MAD; an international crowd editor for one the renowned author in Habit-Forming and Designing Behavioral Change, Nir Eyal’s 2019 book, “Indistractable.” His area of interest is designing behavioral change (behavioral design, nudging, choice architecture), designing future capabilities, strategic management, and behavioral management accounting and finance.

All sessions will be delivered in Bahasa.
For more information about Three-S Network People, Technology, and Society Series, kindly head to this link.
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In our daily life, we meet people who do good things for society. How do we call these good people? We call them volunteers, social workers, philanthropists or social entrepreneurs. While these professions or assumed role sound relatively similar because their focus on achieving the social mission, each of them is different in scope.

Social entrepreneurship and innovation webinar program was subsequently designed to provide Tanoto Scholars with fundamental knowledge on social entrepreneurship, particularly because of its capabilities in creating a sustainable and greater scale of impact. The scholars have been invited to rethink social entrepreneurship in which they learned about the concept of social entrepreneurs, know its difference with business entrepreneurship, introduced to how social entrepreneurs think creatively and innovatively to solve social problems, how to balance profit and social mission. Young social entrepreneurs were also invited to share their experience and journey in their path; the challenges faced, prides, and individual development.

In the end, Tanoto Scholars were given holistic exposure on, relating to the theme, “The Journey of A Social Entrepreneur”. They are hopefully one step closer in creating a change for the world – to become an agent of change, a “Changemaker”.

In 2019, the World Giving Index (WGI) measured three indicators of 138 countries, which are: volunteering time, donating money and helping strangers. Of 138 countries surveyed, Indonesia reached the 10th place. This means Indonesia is considered to be a generous country. Of course, as Indonesian, we are proud to have known this fact.

The three indicators of WGI’s measurement fulfil the elements of a “good” act (kindness): willing to sacrifice (altruism), understanding other people’s difficulties (compassion), and putting others first (prosocial behaviour). Taking good action is also said to have many positive effects; from increasing productivity, being mentally strong, to biological effects that make a person healthier and increases life expectancy (Rowland, 2018).

Okay, back to the survey.

Though the fact is seemingly good for Indonesia, further findings on the survey found that the “helping strangers” indicator of Indonesia is very low compared to other indicators. For this indicator, Indonesia is ranked 86. This finding shows that Indonesian tend to be generous to those they know (individually or groups).

This finding has raised a question: Ain’t generosity should not ideally be limited to the people we know or the groups we belong to?

Well, the answers can be varied. But we believe that being kind doesn’t have to be limited. At least that’s what we’re trying to accomplish through our online volunteering program, Experteering and Youth Volunteering.

The second batch of the program kicked off this week with 28 experts from Indonesia and Malaysia and around 86 youths under 30 years old. Experts and youth volunteers are going to work together virtually to produce educational clips as children’s learning materials at home due to the COVID-19 situation.

The first virtual meeting of Youth Volunteers batch 2 (11/09)

One thing that we know for sure is that some of the volunteers have never met each other face to face in real life. They might consider each other as “strangers.” What’s interesting is technically in this program, they are dedicating themselves to work together with “strangers” for three months.

Will it work then?

According to the survey, not 100%, perhaps. But let’s not dwell on the stated fact or finding.

What we learn from the first batch of this program is when these volunteers have to collaborate and work together for a cause that they care about, they tore off the wall, they put aside that “strangers” label and they learn from each other. This should prove that humans are prone to act of kindness by nature.

When given a goal to do something good together, we believe that people will come together. What we allow, will continue. When we allow ourselves to do the smallest act of kindness, the chain for the greater good will continue.

These volunteers came together because they believe they are capable to do something for others. They don’t need reasons to do good, they just do. They become the birds of a feather that flock together. Well then, they’re not strangers after all, right?

We made a page featuring the list of our expert volunteers here.
You can also check out this page to find out more about the second batch of the Youth Volunteering and Experteering program.

Virtual Lab was designed as an intensive mentoring platform to encourage Social Innovation (SI) and Entrepreneurship Education (EE) in Indonesia. It is part of our effort in accelerating impact and developing Responsible Ecosystem. The mentoring is designated for the development of (1) social initiative/movement for society, (2) Project-based Learning application in higher education institutions, and (3) experiential learning application as a learning model.

On Thursday and Friday (September 3 and 4 2020), a total of 10 scholarship recipients selected under the three categories have learned about creating impact from Dessy Aliandrina (SociopreneurID’s executive director) and Heru Wijayanto (SociopreneurID’s operational manager); What is needed? Why do I create impact? How to measure impact? When and where can I start? Those are some discussions covered.

The process will be continued until Tuesday, 8 September before the recipients embark on their own journey in applying what they have learned in their own initiative. They will remain under the monitoring and mentorship of SociopreneurID for the next 6 months.

Really looking forward to the impact they are going to spark!

The first session of Virtual Lab began on Thursday and Friday (Sept 3rd and 4th)

During the lockdown period (March – June) our team is looking for activities that we can do together in our “spare time” even if we’re away from each other. There were so many ideas came up from the team e.g. breaking the fast together (the lockdown period coincided on Ramadan), playing online games together, or sharing one new thing that we have learned every week.

Of these several fun ideas, there was one idea that we committed to run regularly: sharing stories and our interpretation of one book every week. This activity was quite challenging since not everyone was fond of reading books. On the other hand, this also motivates us to read more books (or to just finish one book) and learn how to express what we have learnt to each other.

After running it for a month and a half, we decided to deliver the concept to externals. Thus, our first book club, Seminggu Sebuku or A Week A Book was formed. We have a saying in Seminggu Sebuku, “learn one book every week, read one book every month.”

Learning one book every week is the core activity of the club, members can share their stories and interpretation of one book every week. Reading one book every month is the call to action. Inspired members will be motivated to read more books while they are also learning from each other.

In Seminggu Sebuku, a book is seen as a work of art. One person’s interpretation of an artwork could be different from another. A person can see it as “A”, while others can see it as “X.” One book can have multiple interpretations based on each member’s knowledge, expertise and experiences that he/she has gone through. This is what makes the discussions in Seminggu Sebuku interesting.

Irnova Suryani, a member of Seminggu Sebuku is sharing Totto-chan book and relating it with her expertise and her profession as a doctor

When we first launched Seminggu Sebuku to the public, we did not get many impressions. We thought, perhaps, people were still not aware of the club. We keep going with just a dozen people, then twenty, thirty, until finally, we have reached around 600 people in just 3 months.

For us, this is an achievement. Not only because of the growth of the members, but we can put hope from this community. A hope that everyone can learn from each other, a hope that everyone desires to contribute to a better society by sharing what they know or what they understand
, a hope that through the initiation of Seminggu Sebuku, we can contribute to lower the rate of learning poverty in Indonesia.

Sending love! Members of Seminggu Sebuku in one of their weekly book-sharing sessions.

Seminggu Sebuku is initiated under SociopreneurID Community. Until date, the club already has a total of 16 online sessions with approximately 600 registered members (and is still growing). Here is the list of books that have been discussed by our members:

  • Educated (Tara Westover) by Dessy Aliandrina
  • The Consciousness Instinct (Michael Gazzaniga) by Novianta Hutagalung
  • Bumi Manusia (Pramoedya Ananta Toer) by Baginda Muda Bangsa
  • Looptail (Bruce Poon Tip) by Cristian P. Setiawan
  • Sapiens (Yuval Noah Harari) by Rakhmad Permana
  • Self Driving (Rhenald Kasali) by Afriska Kusnia
  • The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry) by Helma Nuraini
  • Ikigai (Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia) by F.X. Husni
  • Unf*ck Yourself (Gary John Bishop) by Eric Cardianus
  • Zero Degree of Empathy (Simon Baron-Cohen) by Donni Hadiwaluyo
  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) by Harjanto Halim
  • The Finnish Way (Katja Pantzar) by Harry Pramono
  • Belajar Pentigraf by Tengsoe Tjahjono
  • Totto-chan (Tetsuko Kuroyanagi) by Irnova Suryani
  • I Decided to Live As Myself (Kim Suhyun) by Sofina Fachlan
  • Creativity, Inc. (Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull) by Uning Musthofiyah

All sessions of Seminggu Sebuku are delivered in Bahasa.
Join the club here!
Click on this link to access selected sessions of Seminggu Sebuku.

In 2015, a group of students in a university were given the assignment to become sellers in traditional markets. The students were quite shocked, they never pictured themselves to sit in a small stall and sell things. It was not their usual scenery. But that’s the goal of the assignment, to get the students to understand the world from another perspective. The students were also told to identify the challenges faced by the seller in traditional markets. If they can identify the challenges, it is possible to have them find the right solution. Though the assignment had raised various reactions from the students, the outcomes were interesting.

Some students testified to have “changed their perspective” about sellers in traditional markets. One student, for example, used to think some people became sellers in traditional markets because they are not exposed to do anything else in life. “I assumed that the sellers did not have motivation careerwise, so they only spend their time sitting in their stalls and wait for customers to buy things from them,” he added.

The reality? Turns out he learned that it’s 180 degrees from his assumptions. Sellers in traditional markets have to get up around 2 or 3 AM in the morning, every day, to get freshly picked goods from the main market. If they were just minutes late, they will get the least fresh, and it could have an impact on their daily income. Another student identified that the sellers had to sell all of the goods before the sun sets high. Some vegetables withered if it’s left in the open air for too long.

There are more findings identified by the students for this assignment but the point is: they can tell their story, they can have their own perspective because they have felt what the sellers feel. Most of the time, we could be wrong about something unless we try to see and understand what is it like from the other side. To our understanding, this is the first step to have one’s empathy triggered.

Empathy is, probably, one of the words that we say a lot in our delivered programs. It is a core aspect that we believe can be powerful if every individual practised it regularly. Imagine if the students continue to figure out what can they do to ease the challenges that the sellers faced from day-to-day. Imagine how many solutions that can be made. Imagine if, this concept is being applied in our everyday lives, dare we say, we won’t run out of solutions!

Everyone can be the change if they wish to be. One of the ways that we try to enable people from realizing that is through Three-S Network: Empathy Series. The program aims to share the importance of having empathy and the application of empathy in our personal and professional matters.

The promotional poster of Three-S Network: Empathy Series
credit: SociopreneurID

The sessions will be delivered every Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM GMT/UTC +7 from August – September 2020. Three-S Network: Empathy Series will be presented by our subject-matter experts, Donni Hadi Waluyo and Her Suharyanto. They will guide the participants to break down empathy in six sessions. Three-S Network: Empathy Series is open for the public and it’s free of charge. All sessions are presented in Bahasa.

Meet the Speakers!

Donni Hadi Waluyo

Donni is a psychology scientist, researcher, trainer, and executive life coach. He holds a Psychology degree and a Master of Psychology from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He is now a faculty member of Bank Indonesia Institute and a subject-matter expert at SociopreneurID.

Donni is the first Indonesian to be honoured the Trainer Certified Professional Points of You Coaching Game (as of March 2017) from Points of You International in Japan.

Her Suharyanto

Her has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist in many well-known media in Indonesia.

Besides having written thousands of straight news and hundreds of features, he has also written several popular biographies and books, several books written in under his name, and many other books written for others in ghost-writing schemes.

Currently, Her is still providing training in journalism, photography and popular writing for various institutions. He is also a subject-matter expert at SociopreneurID.

For more information about Three-S, kindly visit our website. Click on this link to access all sessions of Three-S Network: Empathy Series.
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Weaver is our digital magazine that focuses on portraits of people. We believe that every individual has their own stories of experiences and insights. Through Weaver, people can understand and learn from each other. In this edition, we commemorate the independence day of Indonesia by highlighting “Celebrating Freedom through Kindness.” We believe that kindness is a part of human nature. When we are united through kindness, we can finally begin to find freedom. Through Weaver, we want to share the celebration of freedom and act of kindness for others.

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Last Tuesday, we ran our weekly book sharing: The Consciousness Instinct by Michael S. Gazzaniga. In short, the sharing brought by our dear partner Novianta Hutagalung explains how our consciousness should be treasured with the utmost respect. 

Why so? 

Because consciousness is a part of our instinct, for survival at times. Let’s flashback to the first time you learn to ride the bike. Way before we were able to roll the first turn by pedalling, we learned to balance ourselves. The next thing we know each time our feet touch the pedal, we are riding the bike. And then we proceed to ride the motorbike because we have stored the automated behaviour of riding the bike beforehand. We have developed a sense. We are able to do wonders because we have learned to store many automated behaviours in our cache. 

The challenge, however, is to be conscious of our consciousness, lest we the slave of our passion, perhaps at the expense of our own peril made clear by many examples. To regulate our emotions or learning new things is not an easy feat because it involves higher-thought processes that drain enormous energy in the first trial. It is proven to be a lesser challenge still, comparing the internally sustained discomfort to externally projected damage by the actions usually dubbed as “losing control”. 

Humanity should instead be represented with kindness and compassion. We should ace the assessment of imaginary judgment by extraterrestrials seeking to lay waste on lesser beings. We can do that actually in a really simple manner: to give without hoping return. 

Does it work? We have seen at a small scale the Pay It Forward concept documented on the movie A Small Act (2000) where an unprivileged child was able to turn his life around an anonymous donation of someone across the country. We have seen an experiment where 378 people paid Starbucks for the next people buying. At the very least, the life of some people change mentally, if not physically. 

It would be an unimaginable power at a greater scale, isn’t it?

A new story is up on our Medium!

Our friend, Wenny, has been managing her own beauty studio for a year. But due to COVID-19 outbreaks, she has to close her studio for a while. After a month she figured out that she did not have a lot in hands to live for the next months. She has been reflecting a lot about her work and life, what can she do better, her next plans. Sure she had another thing coming by hearing people talk, comparing herself to others and feel like she’s not enough until a friend told her something that put her at peace.You can read the whole story, “Jangan Buru-Buru” (Take It Easy) in Bahasa here.

Inspired by a child’s question: “why can’t adults work together in shaping a better society?”

This week we have a new story on our Medium!

During quarantine, Yolanda is missing her workmates. Her time apart from her work-life has made her realize how much we took everything for granted. How fast things can change. How she was unaware of little things that actually matter. Find out more in her story, “Terpaut Jarak” (Apart) available in Bahasa by clicking here.