Social Enterprise Awards 2015: Inspiring social change

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For these six creative and inspiring social enterprises, lying back while expecting funding from donors is so last-decade.

“Do what you can, start now and do it for others” seems to be the sacred slogan for six winners of the Social Enterprise Awards for Arts, Creative Economy and Tourism, which were presented by DIAGEO and the British Council in Jakarta recently.

The winners were Perkumpulan Padmasana, House of Natural Fiber Foundation and the C20 Library and Collabtive, which were granted Rp 50 million (US$3,748) each in funding, as well as Toraja Melo, Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF) and RuangRupa, which were awarded with a special trip to the UK to study and see for themselves the experience of relevant organizations.

The extraordinary people behind those organizations have been working hard and independently, doing creative business in order to help their initiatives survive.

Among the inspiring individuals, for example, is Rakhmat Hadi, the founder of Perkumpulan Padmasana (Padmasana Association), who helps in preserving the ancient Muarajambi Buddhist temple complex by empowering his fellow villagers in Muarajambi village of Muarajambi regency, Jambi province, in a sustainable manner.

Source: Jakarta Post (link opens in a new window)

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