At the Masarang Foundation
We arrived in Indonesia two weeks ago and have been kept very busy by our collaborating project, so we didn’t really have the time to share our experiences with you yet. Lets start of by introducing the project we joined for the whole month of January.
The Masarang Foundation led by Willie Smits fights deforestation, the extinction of local wildlife and child poverty in Indonesia – global issues that will ultimately affect us all. Masarang implements solutions that are actively supported by the local population and have proven to be effective at low cost. The foundation is currently in the process of setting up a for-profit spin-off, which in the future could provide the foundation with a sustainable source of income next to the funding by donors. For those of you interested in the specifics of their activities we included some links to movies bellow:
In his TED Talk, Willie Smits talks about his complex and mind blowing recipe for restoring rainforests.
For the BBC World Challenge 2007 Willie shows how to create a sustainable community in Indonesia, stopping deforestation via cooperation’s of local sugar palm famers and a Arenga factory and in addition helping rescued animals.
A new movie about volunteering at Tasikoki, which is one of the current projects of the Masarang foundation aiming at wildlife protection.
Rebecca Sweetman from the Paragigm Shift Project made the following movie about Palm Oil, one of the reasons behind Indonesia’s deforestation.
What are we currently doing together with the Masarang foundation?
We give a Human Centered Design workshop at the local technical university ITM that will take place during a period of 4 weeks. Parallel with that we will be prototyping a lean HCD canvas base on the IDEO.org HCD Toolkit. More to come in a following blog post.
We try to help the foundation get more insights in its organizational structure, both now and in the future. Creating a sustainable society involves a lot of different projects that all interconnect with each other.
We try to link up people and organizations in our network with the Masarang Foundation. They could benefit from each other via volunteer work, funding, “student” participation etc.
And besides al these things we create visuals and animations that help Masarang tell their story in the future. Hopefully we can show some of these in the upcoming week.
Authors: Jeroen and Boukje