The Loss of a Nation

I remember when I was in elementary school, how we used to study and remembering all of our heroin, histories, Pancasila and Bhineka Tunggal Ika  as our National concept. It is sad now I even can’t remember most of it. I think this is because it somehow just vanishes within our era. Era of technology, a revolution of media, political chaotic.

I was very amazed when I read the history of gender colonialism in Dutch history. Kartini is one good example on how we should fight for our beliefs. Her writing clearly demonstrates liberated visions on gender equality, and women specifically, to have a better access towards education. Such vision was shown in one of her letter “We are not giving battle to men, but to old moss-grown addicts and conventions that are not worthy…

Talking about education, former vice president Moh Hatta once stated that our challenge after 25years of independence is: How to adjust the education for children, youth, and the people, to meet the country's development needs?. Even when I saw demonstrations, it just felt wrong somehow. People began to question, what are they looking for exactly? Justice? Truth? Freedom of speech? The collateral damages are not worth the efforts. This is just my personal point of view.

We are losing our National identity. Students are talking about social networks; people are talking about money, politics, and position. Girls and young women are arguing about what is the next fashion trend going to be like. Men are worrying about their personal egoistic achievement. Yes, it is true the world is evolving. But we do still need our principles, right?  Otherwise we’ll get lost within our loss.

Maybe we forgot, or even we do not know, that We, ARE the future leaders.
It is our call, to re-shape, and find our lost nation.
Every one of Us is contributing. No exception.
As spelled out by Prof Emil Salim: “What is black is black; white is white; say it as it is..



I can (or might) find answers to questions in terms of life in general (perhaps..). But once, someone asks: “what is your life’s true purpose?” or, “what is your heart’s deepest desire?”.. these, are hard. It’s not that I do not know, it is because I think I know the answer, I just don’t know if it is the right answer or not. As far as I know, these kinds of Qs do not just pop up like that, and we can’t just have some s*itty answer. I know what I want to be, what I want to do, but are they actually my life’s purpose? Or just my egoistic desire to fulfil my place in life itself?

The sad things is, sad sad thing, we are in fact in an era where people are suffering from feelings of disconnection from life’s deeper meaning. Me, you, we, are the people. I just hate the way people are judging life based on what they’ve become, based on what they’ve been through, based on what they achieved, based on something measurable. Maybe the un-measurable things are actually what life is. Maybe, to know what life is, we just have to throw away the “measureable” factors. Like they said, “we can’t control something we can’t measure”. So life become sucks when we just try to control it. I guess. So F*** it.

What can we expect from life? What do we want from life? What can we control from life? These are just wrong wrong questions. Maybe it is the other way around, what can we actually give to life?

Don’t be selfish.
Life is just life.


Factor 10 and MDGs: in a quest for sustainable future

MDGs, we are all aware of, at least most of us have heard the term. But Factor 10? This is new for most of people—or not, since it has been published since 1990s. Factor10 implies that to attain sustainability and environmental protection, we need to reduce resource turn over by 90% on a global scale, within the next 50 years. As such, to achieve that, we have to achieve a decrease in energy use and material flows by a factor of 10, and also an increase in resource productivity/efficiency by a factor of 10. This is a bit extreme, yet it is a part of EU policy (not sure how is the implementation going)

Factor10 and MDGs are both aiming for long-term future directions. Factor10 focuses on energy and resource use reduction. Perhaps it will be hard to be implemented if institutions, privates or governments paralysed it with its short term programs. It can be a part of factor10, in a way of actions towards it. Whereas, MDGs covers almost all aspects, not just environmental-concern issues, which ranging from economic-health-environment-to PPPs. Both, indeed involves certain targets to be achieved, but MDGs covers broader subject-to every country, mainly developing country including Indonesia to reach certain targets in 5 years-time.

Factor10 is now influencing change to a sustainable system of production and consumption. Whilst MDGs is influencing global economic development, to reduce global poverty. If, factor10 is mainly for developed countries and MDGs is for developing countries, so I guess this means that developing countries actually have more influence-global wise?


Musicians vs Scientists

Is there anything in common? In a total different perspective, offcourse. They both have laboratories//recording studios,supervisors//record labels,research projects//EPprojects, formulas--equations//chords, tools—microscopes//guitars. They both are insanely creative and out of the box thinking-mind set. They do not think their occupation as a job, rather something they cannot live without. I don’t think they consider it as an occupation; it is who they are.

There are many musicians who are also scientists, vice versa—but I’m not referring to them here. I’m talking for those who have full time profession as musicians or scientists—if, profession is what they call it. For me, I think, to have both skills—like really true skills—are just genetically impossible, or just probably the most genius person alive (how to use right-and left brain optimally at one time?).

The phenomenon here, is musicians and scientists are in a totally different world, well this is true, but not so much. They both create massive contradictions, ridiculously genius talent (or thoughts)—and seeing from the object; which is science and music; as one say, science is objective, experimental, quantitative; sense experience—indeed all mental experience—is subjective, experiential and qualitative; where music, I think is also experimental, and quantified!. And, if they want to be extremely good at what they’re doing, and to get the acknowledgement from the community, they have to be in a serious-total-dedication. Like, able to bring an alteration to someone’s life.  

But seriously, if u’re stranded in an island, who would you rather be with? Kurt Cobain or Stephen Hawking?  :D

Music and science, both, are revolutions. Long live musicians and scientists!


Yes, green. Then what?

Are we aiming for conventional green building, or high performance green building?

Now is not just about conventional vs green building, or conventional vs smart building. Yes the building is green, but how green? How green is the performance? Is a rating tool based on scoring system capable enough to present the performance measurement? Justifying this approach somewhat is more complex-- analysis wise.

There are 2 approaches to this matter: using simulation tool (improved-broader rating tool), or research and development (R&D) based on best case studies. Maybe, high performance building should be able to address also the societal-more complex issues. But before that, an excellent economic analysis from energy savings, water and waste water savings, health and productivity benefits, emissions and solid waste reduction, benefits/costs from commissioning, and also maintenance, repair, and miscellaneous benefits/costs—all have to be quantified.

To express whether a green building is a conventional green one or a high performance, through an economic analysis -- is the challenge. 


Public Private Partnerships (PPP)

There has been a trend of change from the conception of government to governance, where the operation of the service is no longer dominated by one party such as the Government. The implementation of PPP is based on principles such as equity, transparency or clarity in every step taken, and also sustainability with good intentions to achieve sustainability practices of the activities, with the provision that puts the transparency and competition.

PPP scheme normally has a core group consisting of government, donor organisations, private sectors, NGOs, and also community based organisations. The goal is to accelerate the process of delivering messages to the entire region to support the government through the partnership mechanism. Along with the increasing understanding of the importance of partnerships, the support programs are also varying. Initially, building trust and setting up partnerships with a wide range of organisations should be the main focus.

The challenges is the fact that the regional focus of the private partner is not the same as the roll out of government, or not all of the local NGO partners are ready to become the government partner. Involving business sectors also require efforts, both from the government and business. There are some concerns that corporations would promote specific brands using CSR. Businesses also had concerns about partnering with the public sector, such as being exploited and the different cultures and style of work.

Government leadership of the PPP ensures that the program will continue over time. However, government needs to manage its budget so that it is less dependent on external funding. Whether it has the positive and negative sides, PPP is a new developed scheme in terms of cooperation; all the stakeholders bring contribution to the program through different events. All the necessary synergies between the sectors have to be handled. NGOs, private sectors and individuals also have to be participated. The clarity of roles for each division is very important and should be clear to avoid overlap and conflict that will degrade the performance of each institution. Improvement of government management through partnership development with the PPP should be able to bring changes within the work culture.


Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

ESD plays a huge part to prepare engineering students before they enter the work force after they graduate. The term sustainable must become a part of the concept from which engineers wish to create. For instance, if they want to create new discovery which environmentally friendly, then, not just sustainability that have to become part of their considerations, but also it must become part of their everyday thinking. ESD provide engineering students to really understand about the concept of sustainable development and how it can be connected with every aspects of engineering area.

There is a difference between education about sustainable development and education for sustainable development. Before applying ESD, I think it is essential to recognize what sustainable development is, and also the term of environmental education. Environmental education is an essential part of ESD, where it is an essential component of ESD. ESD gives considerations of social, political, and economic aspects, not just the environment like environmental education does.

As for the term education about sustainable development, it involves only the general context of the issue, not as far as education for sustainable development does, where it implies on how to apply, design, and operate systems or concepts which are sustainable. Sustainability concepts take account of future generations’ needs in social, natural, and economic systems; whilst sustainability solutions deal with the position and responsibility as engineers in supporting sustainable development, to make sustainable decisions.

Not all engineering students had a clear understanding of environmental issues, a good idea of sustainable development principles, or environmental tools and technologies related to it. A proper education for sustainable development such as additional teaching and electronic learning resources needs to be delivered.