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“Inclusive Islands” launches in Jakarta – sharing learning between creative social enterprises in Scotland & Indonesia

Posted: 31st July 2019

-Inclusive Islands was launched in July 2019 as part of British Council’s DICE (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies) programme

-The 12-month programme is a collaboration between PLUS (Platform Usaha Sosial), British Council Indonesia and the Social Enterprise Academy

-It aims to boost the scale and resilience of Indonesia’s support ecosystem for inclusive and creative enterprises in remote communities 

“Inclusive Islands” is boosting Indonesia’s impact support ecosystem, uniting social enterprise experience from the island communities of Scotland to Indonesia – the world’s largest island archipelago.

As part of British Council’s DICE (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies) programme, Inclusive Islands is bringing together 20 social entrepreneurs from Medan, Jayapura, Makassar, Pontianak and Padang, who run social enterprises in creative areas including; tourism, crafts, and publishing.

Inclusive Islands Bootcamp participants on day 3

The programme will even out the distribution of support for social enterprise in Indonesia, developing participants as strong community leaders that will contribute beyond their own organisation – helping to build the social and creative enterprise ecosystem in their local area.

Inclusive Islands bootcamp learners on day 3

The first stage of Inclusive Islands, a 5-day social enterprise bootcamp, took place at Impact Hub Jakarta in July 2019 and was delivered by Social Enterprise Academy Facilitator, Anne Martin, who herself is a creative social entrepreneur and established Scottish Gaelic singer from the Isle of Skye.

Learners at Inclusive Islands Bootcamp in Jakarta

Throughout the 5 day bootcamp, participants looked at the role cultural identity plays in social enterprise, as well as exploring key themes and challenges around social enterprise and leadership.

The bootcamp also included a social enterprise panel with guest speakers from local social enterprise support organisations including; Jalal from Social Investment Indonesia, William Gondokusumo and Evaulia Nindya Kirana from, Sarah Ramadhita from British Council Indonesia, Dewi Meisari from UKM Indonesia, William Hendradjaja from Impact Hub Jakarta and Louise Patricia Esmeralda from Social Corporate Lawyer Society (Socolas).

Facilitator Anne Martin sharing gifts from the Muir Hub in Muir of Ord

Nazia Ali, Head of International at the Social Enterprise Academy, said:

“British Council’s DICE programme has allowed creative social entrepreneurs from all corners of Indonesia to come together and form a community that strengthens their resolve and solidifies their commitment to social change on their own islands.

It’s exciting to see how participants are using the Inclusive Islands programme to plan for the future with optimism – continuing make real lasting change in their communities through their social enterprises.”

Stephanie Arifin, Director of PLUS (Platform Usaha Sosial), said:

“The enthusiasm of the participants and the bond they formed with each other brings us comfort and assurance on the longevity of the community they will build, beyond our project timeline or constraints. Their dedication and passion not just for their social enterprise, but also for the community in their own rights, are inspiring and we are thrilled to be a part of the process. As iron sharpens iron, we can continue to build each other up for a stronger social enterprise and social enterprise community in Indonesia.”

Atikah Risyad, Founder of FAM: Family Farm Lintau, and Inclusive Islands participant, said:

“Being part of Inclusive Islands will have a positive impact on the community in West Sumatra. Sharing experiences with friends from other regions has already given me a different perspective on things, and taking part in this programme has made me realise that I’m not the only one working for a better and more inclusive Indonesia.”

To find out more about the Social Enterprise Academy’s work in Indonesia as part of British Council’s DICE programme, please visit:


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