Working as a Local and Global Organization
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
According to the University of Pennsylvania, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is the number one environment policy think-tank in the world in 2019. su-re.co has built a strong relationship with SEI to work together in addressing climate change issues and develop solutions.
Working with a Global Organization
We were happy to welcome Niall O’Connor, the Director of SEI Asia visited our office in February 2020. He has been leading SEI Asia for 4 years and brings 20 years of experience in dealing with similar issues around the environment and development as well as how to link evidence-based science to policy decision-makers and the private sectors.
“We are beginning to see more about how do we go from science to policy and policy to best practice and how do we encourage people to use science. We are trying to maybe not necessarily be a do-tank at the moment but certainly working more and more with those organizations who are doing it so that being best practice”.
Collaboration is Key!
su-re.co collaborates with SEI in our focus and scale of work (global and local). su-re.co plays its role as a locally oriented think-do-be tank, by researching and find a solution based on the local condition. “We work on the think-do-be tank concept so we are not only thinking, we are not only doing, we actually design, develop the solution that we are actually doing it ourselves. That is what we call think-do-be tank” said Takeshi the CEO of su-re.co.
Collaboration between global and local organizations is key to solve environmental problems on this planet. Problem and solution might not be the same in every country because of the geography, social, and cultural condition especially in Asia with a very diverse culture and population living in this region. “I need to understand the Asia context more, I need to work with civil society with the government with the private sector from Asia and not coming in with the solutions from America, from Europe from Africa but find Asia solutions by working together with Asia people at the same time we need to bring in solutions from the rest of the world because there are already solutions that work,” Nial added.
“Biogas digester is actually one of the socially oriented solutions. You dig a hole and put the biogas underneath but since the temperature in Indonesia is constant, it is not necessary to put it underneath, so we can just use biogas bag on the ground” said Takeshi while describing the example of adjusting local condition while implementing the solution.
Small is Powerful!
“Global organization can take a lead of the global environmental problems and small organization like su-re.co can take the more detail, locally driven, locally oriented problem on solution” said Takeshi. But not only limited to the local scale, a local organization like su-re.co can also influence the higher level of policy just like the Indonesian policy in putting clean cooking stove as part of their development goal. It is the first time in the history.