Masalah Pelik Seputar Buku Pelajaran Sekolah

Ini merupakan catatan saya tentang persoalan tata niaga buku pelajaran, yang waktu itu bereaksi sehubungan dengan rencana pemerintah mengeluarkan Peraturan Presiden yang akan mengatur soal a.l. masa pakai buku selama lima tahun. Nyaris satu dekade berlalu, persoalan tata niaga buku pelajaran belum juga tuntas. Harga buku masih mahal terutama bagi golongan sosial ekonomi menengah ke bawah. Yang lebih parah, seringkali muncul berita soal konten buku yang tidak sesuai dengan norma. Ditengarai karena penulisnya tidak paham tentang teknik membuat buku dan mengembangkan kurikulum serta editor yang kurang ketat dalam menyunting. Semoga urusan pendidikan di negeri ini segera membaik. Continue reading

Pendekatan Nanoteknologi ala Mochtar Riady

Perkembangan teknologi informasi dan komunikasi membawa masyarakat dunia menjadi masyarakat informasi. Pernyataan itu mengartikan mereka yang menguasai informasi adalah mereka yang menguasai dunia. Berkaitan dengan itu, kompetisi pada era ekonomi baru ini akan berpihak pada mereka yang unggul dalam penguasaan teknologi dan ilmu ekonomi berbasis pengetahuan. Continue reading

Full Sail Ahead

 The building of traditional wooden phinisi sailboats are seeing a revival—and being transformed from a humble cargo vessels into luxury yachts

In 2004, a 50 meter luxury yacht, the Silolona, was launched, causing a sensation when it showed off to the media and others. The cause of the commotion? The Silolona was no ordinary yacht. It was actually a wooden phinisi sailboat, which have piled the waters of Southeast Asia and beyond for hundreds of years. While most of these boats are simple cargo vessels, the Silolona charges up to $1,200 per person per day for charter trips, for a maximum of 12 guests on board. Continue reading

Share Experiences

Brazil and Indonesia share many traits. Brazilian Ambassador Paulo Soares believes Brazil and Indonesia can help each other to develop and trade.

Paulo Alberto da Silveira Soares became the Brazil ambassador to Indonesia in July last year, after serving a similar post in Singapore. He is also designatedas ambassador to ASEAN. In many forums, he has reiterated how similar Brazil and Indonesia are in many areas. Both are emerging countries, the world’s number one and third coffee producer, are homes to the biggest and the second biggest forest areas in the world, both used to be a debtor and are now creditors to the IMF—and both places are crazy about football. He believes the two countries should intensify their relationship, not only in trade but also in areas such as technology, food security, energy and environmental protection. He feels the two countries could gain mutual benefits from expanding their relationship. Soares, 64, talked to Forbes Indonesia in the Brazilian Embassy, which is decorated with stunning photographs of his home country. Continue reading

Learn, Earn, Return

Still only 20, Iman Usman has already started two companies, runs a national youth organization and met Vice President Boediono. He’s got plenty more to do.

At the age of 10 Iman Usman set up a free library for underprivileged kids in his hometown in Padang. Photo by Ahmad Zamroni

Muhamad Iman Usman appears to just another University of Indonesia student, wearing a t-shirt and a backpack. Yet he is far from an ordinary student. Still only 20, Iman has already started two companies, been invited to meet Vice President Boediono, won an award from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and given advice to billionaire Putera Sampoerna. He has traveled to Toronto to attend the G20 meeting, and also China and Japan for other events. Three years ago he co-founded the NGO Indonesia Future Leaders with five friends that now has offices in six cities, 600 volunteer staff, 7,000 followers on Twitter and 9,100 supporters on Facebook. Continue reading