July 24 marks the first day of our Bali Nexus Design Challenge in Denpasar. 18 young leaders from different universities in Indonesia coming to give their best solutions, a technology-based ideas to the interrelated water-energy-food nexus challenges.
These innovators learned a lot from the workshop given by our speakers & mentors. The first day started with opening speech from our project leader, Aiz Lamere. He welcomed the participants and explained briefly about the workshop program. The welcoming session finalized with a welcome remarks by our mentor, Lance C Boyd, from the East-West Center.
Dita Anggraini as one of Cahya Abisatya co-founders introduced the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. She emphasized to perceive a problem holistically because all aspect in this world are interconnected, therefore there should be interdisciplinary collaboration in order to create legit long term solutions.
The participants also got an exposure of how sustainability is implemented at Green School Bali. The school’s sustainability coordinator, Marcel Vermaak, shared his expertise on Sustainability - Carbon, Water, and Forest Footprint. He highlighted the importance of setting boundaries for a project, and focusing on that. He also encouraged participants to develop a baseline so that they will be able to start measuring their impact that they could review. Another thing he highlighted is the importance of data as we need it to move forward and tell story about what we are doing.
Sustainability is all about 3P (people, planet, and profit). The following workshop session with Diah Rany Handayani, the Fundraising and Communication Manager of Green-books.org, discussed about Business for Social Good. This workshop was very useful and insightful for the Bali Nexus Design Challenge participants. She explained that we need at least three key persons to run a business, 1) The maker, 2) The number person, 3) The sales person. Rany underlined that to cultivate a social enterprise, one should not only competent in creating ideas and making things, but one should also master how business works.
Motivated by our inspiring speakers & mentors, participants reflect on their learning journey facilitated by our co-founder from Cambodia. Chhayly Sreng assisted participants to know more about themselves and to know what they want to achieve after Bali Nexus Design Challenge 2019. All participants shared their enthusiasm to drive themselves and to create a bigger impact after #BNDC2019.
The enthusiasm did not end there. The last session of the workshop is about turning Sustainable Energy to Sustainable Business by Geert Slachmuylders, the founder and CTO of Turbulent Hydro. He shared his experience in building his renewable energy business. He has learned so hard from his mistake, and advised our participants to reevaluate their technologies so that it really meets their customer needs.
The workshop in Denpasar was wrapped up by going to Jatiluwih, one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites. Stay tuned on our social media for all the updates from the Bali Nexus Design Challenge this week!