VILLAGE REVITALIZATION MOVEMENT
Conservation and Sustainability at the True Senses
I am deeply impressed with Spedagi and several other parties' village revitalization movement, which has been going on for almost three decades in Indonesia. The brains behind the movement are Singgih Susilo Kartono and Trien, a couple I know since university times long ago.
The movement reminds us that village could be as vibrant as urban, economically, socially, culturally, and might be environmental as a better option.
Spedagi and all parties involved have shown the paradigm through practices. They don’t use cultural heritage conservation terms, but in practice, they promote and conserving the identity and characteristics of the local community.
And if we talk about sustainability, their movement is simply a practice of sustainability in a true sense because all resources and materials are locals and environmentally friendly.
I have seen showcases through the Third International Conference of Village Revitalization (ICVR) in Ngadiprono Village, Central Java, in 2018. The best and most environmentally friendly conference I have ever attended. Zero plastic, local resources, natural approaches, and grassroots empowerment.
We have been planning to hold the Fourth ICVR in the Netherlands. While waiting for the end of the pandemic, we organized online programs, Road to the ICVR#4 and Festival Kabupaten Lestari, 21-22 April 2021.
Interactive discussions involved professional speakers, ranging from the central government, district governments, mutual cooperation partners, MSME players, academics, and NGOs.