Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others? – Marthin Luther King, Jr.
Hi! I am Indri from THINK-Research and occasionally a part of BE-Event.
We had an Instagram Live yesterday, collaborated with Coaction.id. We discussed energy conservation based on community. It is an interesting topic! It is also the first time for us to try the new feature of Instagram. Instagram extends time limits on live streams to 4 hours! We used to do IG live for max one hour, but now we can do live streams for more than 1 hour!
There are two subtopics in this event, i.e. energy conservation and community activities. I was the first speaker. This event was a place for me to have a reunion with my friend! The moderator was my co-worker in the program/work that we joined several years ago. The moderator gave me some questions about vision, mission, and values of su-re.co, as well as research, publication, and programs related to energy conservation for the community. You can find a blog post about su-re.co values from su-re.co CEO (Dr Takeshi Takama) on this link. I shared how we always start from vision to do projects and activities. You can find a blog post about ‘what is the vision’ here and another post about ‘how to make a vision’ here. I shared how we want to deliver gifts to the earth and community through think-do-be activities. I shared a story from Dr Takeshi, where he met an Africa woman who said, ‘Don’t just study but do something’. That is why we are doing research, project and write publication as well as doing training, sustainable business, and biogas installation for the community. You may find another blog post about the vision to help people or farmers in the rural area to be more resilience.
The rest of the questions are about biogas research and development that we are doing in su-re.co. I shared our previous and current project that have various topics from biogas, clean energy, bioenergy, sustainability, climate change, smart agriculture, land use, decarbonisation, and others. We discussed a lot about the circular economy, biogas business model, biogas technology, and climate field school for farmers. I explained that there are many problems of sustainability in renewable projects in Indonesia, then we are working on the biogas project to solve it. There is another blog post that you can read about this. Just click on this link. We developed a portable and user-friendly biogas model to solve the gaps between our vision and current condition. You can check this to know more about our biogas design. I also introduced our on-going biogas business model with blockchain. This model will help farmers to get benefits from the carbon offset of biogas use without any certifications or middleman. The explanation of this model can be found here.
The last part of my session (subtopic 1) is about how to communicate and manage community and farmers in biogas and climate change program. Since the moderator and I had the same experience when we lived in the remote area for more than six months to be a facilitator of the renewable energy project, I shared about how important the champions or local actors are. For example, when we want to install biogas, we will be looking for an organisation or local actor who can coordinate and communicate with other farmers. This campion or local actor has to be proactive and trusty. Another important thing is how we can deliver or explain technology by using simple words and descriptions. I gave an example when we sent biogas for the first time from Bali to Bajawa, and we did the virtual installation. It’s not a real virtual when we did video call or something else. We could not do that due to the bad network in Bajawa. So, the farmers installed biogas based on the instruction on the manual then the local actor gave us a call to report the on-going progress. I also shared about one of su-re.co values: ‘being proactive’. Every day, we will start our day to write the daily tasks on some platforms and make sure we always update the tasks that we are doing. To solve the social and community problem, we have to be proactive in finding ways, starting communications, looking for collaborations, and following up plans. The most important thing that we have to keep studying, exploring, and developing to find the best solution for sustainability and resilience.
I hope we can do actions for the community together. More people join, more impacts will be.