The GoodWater Company Pte Ltd co-organizes Indonesia Music & Mission Festival 2014.

Cibubur, Jakarta, Indonesia 12-14 September 2014

“To create inspiration and hope for the youths in Indonesia and the region”

The GoodWater Company Pte Ltd collaborated with local poverty alleviation foundation, Sinergi Indonesia, to co-organize the Indonesia Music & Mission Festival (IMMF) 2014. Aimed at bringing inspiration to youths, the 3-day event comprises of a youth camp, social entrepreneurship forum, and many more interesting activities. The IMMF attracted over 2000 youths and various other participants including distinguished guest, Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Laureate) and Singapore’s Lorong Boys.

Day 1 – 12 September 2014

Specially invited by The GoodWater Company, the Lorong Boys started the VOICE+ Forum with sharing their personal story about their origins. Apart from the enchanting performance, the audience got the opportunity to have intimate, close-up interactions with Jonathan and Rit: a signature experience that the boys delivered as street musicians who “do not believe in a ‘distanced concert hall’ experience.’” Said Jonathan,

“We want to bring music to the masses, and what better way to do so than in the MRT, which everybody takes!”

The youths were further inspired by Prof. Muhammad Yunus’ opening address when he advised the youths to take charge of the situation they are in, and take action like he did back in Bangladesh. By simply getting involved in the problem he saw, he had helped many people gain access to micro-financing to improve their lives – this is the idea that eventually got him recognised and awarded with the Nobel Peace laureate.

Day 2 – 13 September 2014

The GoodWater Company worked jointly with our guest exhibitor, Wateroam, to conduct the Water Survival Challenge Workshop. Reaching out to over 200 youths in the camp, the workshop saw the youths having great fun while learning about filtration and other solutions through hands-on practices and demonstrations. Particularly noteworthy was the instance when COO Sean Tan was interviewed live on Kompas TV news, as seen here and here.

Sean Tan was also involved to speak at a forum for the International Conference on Young Social Entrepreneurship, along with esteemed speakers Ari Sutanti, Maria Anindita, David Nelson and Dewi Meisari. Speaking on the topic of Learning and becoming a Social Entrepreneur, the audience had their outlook towards social entrepreneurship shifted to be more accurate.

Said Sean Tan:

“Social Entrepreneurship is not charity, but the mindset of shared prosperity.”

During the main highlight of the camp, the Big Bang concert, The Lorong Boys invited two youths and performed a touching rendition of “You Raise Me Up”. Amongst other inspirational musicians, the performance truly left the audience inspired on a personal level.

Day 3 – 14 September 2014

The Leaders’ Breakfast held at the Bimasena Club, Jakarta on Sunday morning saw the gathering of 100 business leaders with the aim of discussing pertinent issue of “Building Business for Better Society, Develop Inclusive Strong Economy.”

The panel comprised of four distinguished speakers Dr. Subroto (Indonesian Administrator), Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Laureate), Muliaman Darmansyah Hadad (Chairman of OJK), and Bambang Ismawan (Chairman of Bina Swadaya Foundation).

Topics discussed ranged from empowering the BoP to become “active poor in the economy” through micro-finance, to how businesses and financial institutions should steer away from its traditional exclusive function to promote financial inclusion, to regulations that can reduce rigidity and inertia of the world economic system. The audience was left inspired with many ideas, including the understanding of how microfinance could shift the world away from being “victims of a profit-making system” towards shared prosperity. For more details, please see here. There was also media coverage on Jakarta Globe.

In parallel at Cibubur, there were ongoing workshops conducted by ASKOBI (Indonesian Bomb Victims Association), who provide education to adolescents of 15-17 years to be agents of peace.

For IMMF, ASKOBI had invited former terrorists who is now an informant to the Indonesian police for terrorist network. The workshop was aimed at encouraging teens to follow he right path and to be vigilant against the threat of terrorism and be ambassadors of peace to the environment around them.

Particularly exciting was the game conducted in the workshop that shows the teens how their “safe” life could be intervened from the outside. The intervention was simulated by dividing the audience into 2 groups, where in one group must make a ‘mountain’ of plastic cups, while the other throws paper balls with the aim of knocking it down.

The activities ended with a prayer and a moment of silence, accompanied by music in order to get a deeper feel for the teens to realize the ‘bad’ things they have done, especially to their mothers. Many ended up in tears.

Next up was the music workshop conducted by the Lorong Boys. They taught the audience the meaning of harmony and rhythm, and also techniques for taking good breaths to play musical instruments and sing. This fun and engaging workshop also served as the closing item for the IMMF.