Souvenirs from the 2009 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit and CMA 111th National Western Mining Conference


The Society of Mining, Metallurgical and Exploration (SME) and the Colorado Mining Association (CMA) held their annual meeting on February 22 - 25, 2009 at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado. Despite the economic downturn, participants of the meeting increased as mentioned by the President of SME at the opening of the conference.


The main theme of this year’s conference is “Stewardship and Sustainability: Getting It Done in the 21st Century”. It is interesting that the main theme for a mining conference is sustainability because many people still see the mining industry as the opposite side of sustainable development.


The keynote session kept my attention because it was so interesting. That session was moderated by Barbara Filas. Barbara Filas had just appointed by GEOVIC to be their Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. The panels included Bill Scoggins (the President of Colorado School of Mines), Gary Goldberg (President and CEO of Rio Tinto Minerals), Harry M. Conger IV (President of Freeport McMorran Copper and Gold Inc. in America) and Ernesto Sirolli from the Sirolli Institute.


Ernesto Sirolli mentioned some things that I have never heard in any mining conference that I attended before. Listening to Sirolli’s speech, we can tell that he has had many experiences in the community development project or at least has had a lot of contacts in that area, especially in Africa. He also criticized the approach that most people did in the community development. It seems that the main reason that many community development projects fail to achieve sustainability is because those projects are not appropriate for the local community.


Those projects are about us, he mentioned. “Us” are people from the developed world that always think that they know better what the locals want and what is best for them. This approach can lead to unintended consequences of the community project. He mentioned that about 1 trillion American dollars has been donated to Africa over the last 40 years but, still Africa is poorer now than 40 years ago. What have they actually done with that amount of money? Is it really huge amount of money that counts for community development projects? Or is it about who and how they are doing that counts?


Sirolli had visited many remote areas. He saw the best regional hospital and other infrastructures that were built by foreigners or aid institutions left to crumble after those institutions such as mining companies had gone. The local community doesn’t want infrastructure that is very expensive to maintain.


Sirolli suggested that we should “shut up and listen”. That’s right. Institutions/individuals who want to do community development have to shut their mouths up and listen to what local people want and help them to achieve their dreams. Sirolli gave a good example about this listening matter. He mentioned one company that employed one African to sweep the floor without knowing that that African guy used to be a helicopter pilot. The company did not know because they had never asked for information. There has to be a fundamental change in the community development approach. Institutions/individuals should not use the “big brother” approach to help the local community. They are not big brothers who can solve all the problems. That approach will only make the locals think and feel like spectators. The approach should make community development projects belong to the locals. However, community projects will still be done professionally. Professional assistance is still provided for the locals.


Furthermore, Sirolli proposed a new vision and approach that is based on two main ideas. First, if we want to help we only go and help people where we are invited, and the second one is to help people to do what they love to do beautifully. We will be invited if we have a good reputation and create our own success first. Once that happen, invitation will come to us automatically.


Another important thing is that we should not think like a billionaire when we deal with community development projects. There is no success too small to be significant for the community. One small success story may lead to many bigger successes because like a disease, successes are contagious. It may be beneficial to try Sirolli’s approach for community development effort in Indonesia. The partnership approach that starts by responding to what a local community wants and needs can lead to more independent and self-sustained community.


This idea to help the locals to reach their dreams is similar to the idea from Muhammad Yunus wrote in his book, “Creating a world without poverty”. Yunus is the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006 from Bangladesh. Yunus pointed out that the failure in reducing poverty is because the poor are always viewed as an object in those poverty reduction programs. The poor are also humans with needs and wants and the desire for self-fulfillment. If we want to help a local community, we have to believe that there is always a desire for a better life in that community and they have the capability to reach their dreams. We must not underestimate the local community. We have to respect to the local community. Respect is the foundation of Sirolli’s idea.  The local community only needs someone to help them to remove the obstacles and see opportunities. It is not their choice to live with those obstacles and disabilities.


Sirolli’s approach is not only beneficial for the local community. It will also benefit the institutions that do this community development approach. We should not underestimate the loyalty that comes from people that we help to reach their dreams. Companies can gain economic benefits as well as become a hero for the local community.


As for people from developing countries like me, we should realize that any foreign institutions are only partners. They are not big brothers who can solve all our problems. We are the one who have to work hard if we want to reach our dreams. We must be independent and help ourselves. We must know what our needs and wants are. We know what is appropriate for us. We who have had privileges of education are also the best people available to help the less fortunate people of our country. We speak the same language, live in the same neighborhood, eat the same food; even some of us were born in the same area. We just need to remind ourselves to ask those less fortunate people what they want and help them to reach their dreams. The educated, rich and decision makers in Indonesia have to remember that they are not better than those less fortunate people. We are part of this nation, a developing country with many problems. Do not make ourselves as part of those problems.


As the general election approaches, I think it is also a good time for me to encourage people in my beloved country to speak up about what they want. I would tell them not to speak for short term benefit but, speak for our country sustainability and our next generations. This is the best time to tell politicians to SHUT UP and LISTEN to us.





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Selamat buat rekan kita Indra Purnama (Elektro), yang hasil karyanya berhasil masuk ke babak final Indosat Wireless Innovation Contest 2008. Good luck di babak final!


Berikut ini beritanya yang dikutip dari Detikinet



IWIC 2008
20 Karya Inovatif Terbaik Masuki Babak Final



- Sebanyak 20 karya kreatif dan inovatif terbaik dalam ajang Indosat Wireless Innovation Contest (IWIC) 2008 berhasil masuk ke babak final, setelah melalui tahap penilaian yang cukup ketat dalam babak penyisihan dari lebih 300 karya yang masuk ke panitia IWIC 2008 dari seluruh pelosok tanah air.


"Karya-karya yang masuk ke panitia dari tahun ke tahun semakin inovatif dan kreatif, 20 orang diantaranya telah terseleksi sebagai karya terbaik untuk masuk ke babak final. Hal ini menunjukkan bahwa generasi muda kita memiliki kesadaran berinovasi yang tinggi dan potensi untuk berkreasi dalam teknologi wireless," ujar Adita Irawati, Division Head Public Relations PT Indosat, selaku penanggung jawab IWIC 2008 dalam keterangan tertulisnya.


Jumlah peserta dan karya inovatif di tahun ketiga penyelenggaraan IWIC ini mengalami peningkatan yang cukup signifikan dibandingkan penyelenggaran tahun sebelumnya, dengan meningkat sekitar 43% menjadi 336 karya.


30 karya diantaranya berasal dari kategori baru yang dikompetisikan pada IWIC 2008, yaitu IWIC For School yang diikuti 30 sekolah menengah umum (SMU) dari seluruh pelosok tanah air. Hasil babak penyisihan kategori IWIC for School akan diumumkan kemudian dalam waktu dekat ini.


"Peningkatan jumlah peserta ini juga tak lepas dari upaya komunikasi dan sosialisasi yang kami lakukan dengan terjun langsung kepada berbagai sekolah dan berbagai kegiatan yang melibatkan pelajar dan generasi muda," lanjut Adita.


Para peserta dan karya yang berhasil masuk dalam babak final antara lain :

Kategori IWIC for All – Fun and Easy:

1.Iman Kuswardayan, Surabaya: Virtual Stident Mobile Simulation Education Game
2.Oon Arfiandi, Bandung: Bon+aplikasi BlackBerry penyimpan email.
3.Hananto Edy Wibowo, Bandung: Mobilive.
4.Hari Purwanto, Bandung: Funlearn.
5.Canggih Purnomo Gultom, Medan: Mitos.
6.Indra Purnama, Bandung: Morning.
7.Adriansyah, Jakarta: Master Travel.
8.Nur Arifin Akbar, Semarang: Mobile Advertising berbasis Open Source.
9.Wimpi GM, Jakarta Selatan: TSEMATA.
10.Dynah Nirmalasari, Ignasisus Bowo L, Krisna Rengga, BINUS Jakarta: Sistem M Fly

Kategori IWIC Innovation & Beyond:

1.RR. Annisa Ayuningtyas, Semarang: Mobile Travelers.
2.Aris Waluyo, Depok: Asli.
3.Cahya Hariadi, Banyumas Jateng: Green HP
4.Sandy Marly Colondam, Keb Lama Utara, Jakarta: Taxicall.
5.Heri Herlambang, Jakarta: Pemanfaatan Aplikasi Tandatangan Digital.
6.Abdul Aziz, Surabaya: SMS Iklan.
7.Tomy Abu Zairi, Jakarta Utara: Absensi Otomatis di Sekolah dengan Wireless rfid & SMS.
8.Oka Mahendra, Bandung: Pesawat Mini Tanpa Awak Terkendali GSM/GPRS.
9.Franacitra Harta Surya, Tangerang: Mobile Inventory.
10.Moch. Agus Slamet H, Malang Jatim: Wireless Stick untuk Tuna Netra.

Para finalis tersebut selanjutnya akan diundang ke Jakarta untuk mengikuti serangkaian babak penyisihan, hingga puncak pengumuman acara yang akan diselenggarakan pada 18 November 2008.


Proses penjurian akan berlangsung selama 2 hari di Jakarta dan Indosat Training & Conference Center (ITCC) Jatiluhur. Khusus untuk kategori Kategori IWIC for All – Fun and Easy , para finalis diharuskan membuat dan mendemonstrasikan prototype karya mereka di depan dewan juri.


Untuk diskusi lebih lanjut tentang pengembangan inovasi wireless, masyarakat dapat mengakses blog dengan alamat: www.i-wirelessinnov Sedangkan informasi lebih detil tentang para pemenang dan program IWIC pada umumnya, dapat dilihat di website: www.indosat. com/iwic


Hari Senin, 22 September yang lalu, teman kita Ajenk telah transfer uang ke rekening ITB untuk pembayaran SPP 2 mahasiswa, sebagai bagian dari program Beasiswa ITB98 yang telah kita canangkan.
Proses dimulai dari tgl 1 Agustus saat Pak Ketua Weby mengirim surat ke Tim Beasiswa ITB untuk mendapatkan kandidat penerima beasiswa. Lalu tanggal 19 Agustus Edwin menerima berkas kandidatnya. Tanggal 24 dan 28 dilakukan wawancara untuk 4 kandidat.
Selanjutnya dilakukan pemilihan oleh tim (Alex, Weby, Ajenk, Yoanne, Syukur) dengan komposisi penilaian ekonomi:akademis:non akademis = 50:25:25. Dan hasilnya kita dapatkan 2 penerima beasiswa ITB'98 yaitu:
  1. Riki Putra (13105106/MS)
  2. Brendan SA (17006028/SM)


Terima kasih atas dukungan semua pihak. Dan semoga ke depan program ini bisa kita tingkatkan lagi, baik dari kualitas maupun kuantitasnya. Ditunggu masukan dan donasinya.



Akhirnya datang juga!!.... :D
Hmmm... jadi malu nih... ato malu2in ya?
Ngisi blog kayak gini...
Kalo diisiin pasti ada yg baca.. terutama Anda!!..
Buat yg baca...sori lg ga ada ide utk dibahas..
Kelupaan password jd minta konfirmasi email lg
Cek2... ada fasilitas blog jg
Slamat beraktifitas aja...
Semoga ini bukan yg pertama n terakhir aku ngisi blog ini

1. sangat bersyukur berhasil melalui proses sebelum menikah dengan selamat...
2. sangat bersyukur punya suami yang begitu sesuai dengan harapan, menepis kekhawatiran sulitnya hidup berumah tangga
3. tetap senantiasa berdoa agar diridhoi-Nya, diberkahi-Nya, dimudahkan menjalani kehidupan baru ini, selalu bersyukur ....dan seterusnya :p

Setiap memandang atau mengingat suami, hmmm.... Allah memang Maha Baik. Mudah-mudahan saudara dan teman-teman yang kusayangi diberi karunia seperti ini pula sehingga tentram hatinya, amiin.

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