Enabling deep systemic transformation needed for ensuring balanced economic development
As the world competes towards a world fueled by digital economy, it remains to be seen whether this future can bring true sustainable development—one that brings meaningful life, social equality, and ecological balance. The digital era does have the potential to boost innovation, optimize efficiency, and increase inclusiveness. But without a deep and holistic view into the root causes of our challenges, we risk being trapped by pragmatic and temporary solutions that can widen inequality and threaten sustainability in the long term.
The development of frontier and outermost regions can be a blind spot for many governments, including Indonesia. The Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics reports that in March 2018, Indonesia's GINI Ratio reached 0.382. This problem is even more critical in areas bordering other more developed countries where the difference is very starkly visible, sowing the seeds for social unrest and threatening national security. Therefore the development of the frontier, outermost, and underdeveloped (3T) regions must be a major concern for national development.
The fourth Industrial Revolution encouraged extraordinary technological advancements that promised great social and economic progress. The Ministry of Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia is committed to building information technology infrastructure in the 3T regions to improve the welfare and happiness of the people. This is apparent, for example, in the successful implementation of the Palapa Ring program that saw 100% completion of fiber-optic infrastructure development in Western and Central Indonesia (and 95% completion for Eastern Indonesia.) However, for true social and economic progress to happen there are other key challenges besides infrastructure development, namely: technology adoption and technology-based social innovation.
For any technology to become adopted, it must answer humans’ real needs and suits the user’s characteristics. And for social innovation to take place, the users must possess collective leadership capacity to self-empower and self-organize, thereby co-creating their own future using technology as an enabler.
The most important and critical challenge in technology adoption and social innovation, requires us to work across organizational and sectoral boundaries. But this is often hampered by our inability to go beyond silo-mentality and to work with other actors in the system to achieve collective progress outside of each KPI. What is missing are spaces for various stakeholders to come together to build mutual trust, a shared vision, and ultimately, collaborative actions. This is where Co-CLASS comes in.
Co-CLASS (Collaborative, Creative Learning and Action for Sustainable Solutions) is a learning program tailored to allow actors from various parts of the system to come together and develop transformative relationships through authentic conversations and shared meaningful experiences. This allows collective awareness and profound paradigm shifts to take place, leading to collaborative actions that seek the wellbeing of the whole rather than seeking to advance interests of the parts.
"Co-CLASS: 3T Go Digital" is specifically aimed towards convening all the relevant stakeholders in developing digital economy ecosystem for Indonesia's outermost, frontier, and underdeveloped regions. The program is a collaboration between Ministry of Communications and Informatics Republic of Indonesia, Tsinghua University, and United in Diversity Foundation Indonesia.
This program’s vision is to accelerate “Frontier, outermost, and underdeveloped regions to grow into societies that are prosperous, happy, economically independent, and resilient, based on local human resources and local potential, by utilizing digital technology”.
Through this program we expect to have outcomes as follow:
Given the pivotal role of personal transformation in transforming the whole, we believe that personal and collective leadership capacity is a key leverage point and must be the focus of our attention. We believe “awareness” is the leadership competencies that still missing from our capacity to make us be able to perform the necessary transformation in the digital economy. The “awareness” competencies can be further elaborated into the following:
Leaning towards education that focuses on learning instead of teaching, and drawing from decades of combined institutional and personal experiences of facilitating complex systems transformation, we translate the two philosophical-methodological underpinning of Theory U and The Fifth Discipline into a program design based on andragogical principles for adult learning. The milestones of the learning journey are below outlined.
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