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The Third International Conference on Village Revitalization : COOLABORATION
ICVR stands for International Conference on Village Revitalization. ICVR is a biennially held international conference, always located in village or rural areas, and always based on the three core values of Spedagi : self-sufficiency, creativity and sustainability spirits. The first ICVR was held in Temanggung, Indonesia in 2014, co-hosted with ICDS (The International Conference on Design for Sustainability). The second ICVR was held in Ato Bunko, Yamaguchi City, Japan.
Recently, the third ICVR was held in Pasar Papringan Ngadiprono, Temanggung, Indonesia on 21-25 November 2018. The theme is COOLABORATION, which is a coined-word from two English words: Cool and Collaboration. ICVR always run in a place where it had the pre-conference project. Pre-conference projects are meant to be a real life project that based on village revitalization.
Ngadiprono hamlet is a village name where ICVR#3 was held. This village is the location where Pasar Papringan is located, a bamboo forest revitalized into a local traditional-modern market. The bamboo forest was the venue of the conference, and the villagers houses surrounding are the conference participants’ home stay.
This third ICVR has a new system of committee which is a volunteer-based committee, almost all the working committee are coming from a volunteer application and selection process by the local people, Spedagi Movement members also ICVR#3 board of advisors. The working committee also consists of the whole local people living nearby the pre-conference project area, such as villagers, farmers, and even government sectors. Details on ICVR#3 can be accessed on ICVR official website here: http://icvr.spedagi.org/en/home-2/
Day 1 (21 November 2018) : Opening Ceremony
The participants and speakers arrived on the first day to the venue. They were greeted by a beautiful bamboo forest shining under the moonlight. At that serene evening, ICVR#3 was opened by some speeches from some parties, such as Fransisca Callista (Chairman of ICVR#3), Singgih S. Kartono (founder of Spedagi), Muh. Amin (Head of Ngadimulyo Village), and a local spiritual leader also lead the blessing for the whole event. The opening ceremony then continued with Kenduri style dinner. Kenduri is a traditional Temanggung style of community feast which uses banana leaves as the plate, sharing foods, and as a custom in Java, everyone eats with bare hand.
Day 2 (22 November 2018) : Village Tour
The event started early in the morning. All participants gathered in the bamboo forest then got into groups. Each group has their own routes to go around the village. There were two sessions of village tour namely Pre-Conference Project Tambujatra, which is a project to revitalize Bambu Jalan Trasah (Bamboo Stone-paved Road) around the Ngadiprono hamlet.
The tour then continued by an introduction workshop by Singgih S. Kartono, the founder of Spedagi with the title of “Contextual Education and Social Entrepreneurship from Spedagi Movement Prespective”.
After lunch, the event continued into two sessions of Contextual Education Workshop led by Diah Widuretno, founder of Sekolah Pagesangan, Yogayakarta City. The first day then closed by a free time and a dinner under the moonlight.
Day 3 (23 November 2018) : Workshop and Art Performance
This third day is filled by various Contextual Education sharing session and Social Entrepreneurship workshops from young people all around Indonesia. The first session was a sharing session from Dicky Senda, founder of Lakoat Kujawas, Mollo, Indonesia. After tea break, there was another sharing session from Ukke R. Kosasih, founder of Circa Handmade, Bandung, Indonesia. After the conclusion of the sharing sessions, the lunch was served.
In the afternoon, the Social Entrepreneurship workshop was broke into two sessions, led by Ari Sutanti, Program Manager of British Council, Jakarta, Indonesia. The participant enjoyed and actively participated in a lively discussion. After the conclusion, dinner was served under the bamboo groove.
Soon after dinner time, all the participants and speakers walked to a nearby football field that was transformed into an outdoor stage. There was a dance performance by Sendratari Tambujatra, which was one of the Pre-Conference Projects of ICVR#3 that aims on revitalizing the local forgotten art from Ngadiprono area. As it was held in an open area, participants of ICVR#3 were all blend into the crowd of local people and public who were also enjoying the whole show.
Day 4 (24 November 2018) : Seminar
The fourth day of ICVR#3 was dedicated to the seminars which were using parallel system. There were two tents under the bamboo forest in which each speaker will present about their activities. This day forward, the ICVR#3 will have more participants coming under the category of Seminar Participants, the people who were registering only to join the seminar and project visit on the last day.
The day started by Opening Ceremonial and some speeches from related parties, such as Fransisca Callista (Chairman of ICVR#3), Singgih S. Kartono (Founder of Spedagi), Muhammad Al Hadziq (Regent of Temanggung). There were also some Keynote Speakers namely Rizki Handayani Mustafa, Deputy of Industry and Institutional Relations in Ministry of Tourism of The Republic of Indonesia and Hari Sungkari as the Deputy of Infrastructure of BEKRAF (Economy Creative Agency of The Republic of Indonesia).
After tea break, the seminar started. The first parallel seminar was taught by Mitsuhiro Tokuda from Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan and by Anna Guegan Rahmah from Lorrina Community in Australia.
The second parallel seminar was taught by Ugi Sugriana Rakasiwi, Chief of Ciptagelar Village in Sukabumi, Indonesia and by Udi Hartoko, Head of Pujon Kidul Village, Malang, Indonesia.
After lunch break, the third parallel seminar was about Spedagi International Pre-Conference Proejcts. It was taught by Burhan Ud Din Khateeb, founder of Kashmir Innovation Lab (KILAB) from India and by Lavinia Elysia as the International Relation Manager of Spedagi Japan inc.
The last parallel seminar was about Indonesian Pre-Conference Project. The seminar was taught by four speakers namely Imam Abdul Rofiq (local initiator of Pasar Papringan Ngadiprono, Temanggung, Indonesia), Yuli Kusworo (Director of ArkomJogja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Sugeng Riyadi (Staff in Cultural and Tourism Department, Temanggung, Indonesia), and Angga Sinaga (Founder of Urban+ Jakarta, Indonesia).
The seminar sessions was closed by a recommendation and conclusion session, also by a Closing Statement by Endah Wahyu Sulistianti, Deputy for Inter-Agency and Regional/International Relations of BEKRAF Indonesia and by Singgih S. Kartono, founder of Spedagi. After that, all the speakers were invited to the stage for some appreciations and gift. The day was finally ended by a dinner and Farewell Ceremony done by open-mic for participants.
Day 5 (25 November 2018) : Pasar Papringan Ngadiprono Pre-Conference Project visit
Pasar Papringan is a local traditional-modern market under the bamboo groove, initiated by Spedagi movement to revitalize bamboo forests that are usually dumped into landfills in Indonesia. Pasar Papringan Ngadiprono is one of the pre-conference projects of ICVR#3, it opens every Minggu Wage and Minggu Pon (Minggu means Sunday in Indonesian language, while Wage and Pon are name of the days in traditional Javanese calendar). Pasar Papringan always sells three main local goods: agriculture goods, culinary and crafts. This market opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 12 p.m. or when everything is sold out. This market has its own currency using a Kepring money, which is a handmade bamboo coin that worth IDR 2,000 for each. The visitors can exchange their money to this Kepring money at the entrance of the market. Pasar Papringan has attracted so many visitors both from the local people and international people. This market has gone viral through social media promotions. ICVR#3 participants were facilitated by some amount of Kepring money to buy goods and to eat at the market. Everyone was happily experiencing the result of a village revitalization movement in a cool way.