Impact Stories

Cross-cultural Communication: Why You Should Acquire One by International Exposure

Muhammad Afi Ramadhan (@afiramadhan) – XLFL Batch 7 Medan

(Caption: representing the delegates to deliver appreciation speech at Temasek Foundation’s headquarters)

representing the delegates to deliver appreciation speech at Temasek Foundation’s headquarters

I was privileged to attend the inaugural STEP Youth Regional Affairs Dialogue 2019 from 2nd – 9th August 2019 in Singapore. Organized by Nanyang Technological University – University Scholars Programme (NTU-USP) and supported by Temasek Foundation, I was selected as one of 75 delegates from 18 Asian countries (including Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and South Korea) for a fully-funded eight days trip to NTU campus where I learned and appreciate Asia’s interwoven geopolitical structure through discussions on economics, politics and society, while fostering an understanding of governance and policies across Asia and build friendships through cross-cultural exchanges.

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Creating a Platform: Spreading Knowledge

Featuring Muhammad Haykal (XLFLB7 Jakarta)

Muhammad Haykal is a student of Communication Studies from Universitas Hassanudin and an XL Future Leaders Batch 7 Awardee. Haykal, along with his three other friends, initiated ‘Kita Bicara Dulu.’ The podcast aims to spread awareness, start discussions, and be a platform for people to share their opinions and information without being bound by a strict mainstream media system. Beginning in October 2019, ‘Kita Bicara Dulu’ has been streamed for more than 1700 times on Spotify and 200 times on Apple Music.

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Membangun Indonesia Dari Pinggiran

Bahar Sangkur (XLFL Batch 2) – Tim Nusantara Sehat XII


Halo Kak Bahar! Apa saja kesibukkan Kakak saat ini? Boleh diceritakan, Kak?

Saat ini saya ditugaskan oleh Kementrian Kesehatan bersama enam tenaga medis lainnya, yang terdiri dari perawat, bidan, sanitarian, ahli epidemiologi, ahli gizi, dan analisis laboratorium untuk 2 tahun pengabdian di pedalaman Sulawesi. Lokasi penugasan berada di Lembah Napu, tepatnya di Puskesmas Maholo, Kabupaten Poso, Sulawesi Tengah. Wilayah kerja kami termasuk dalam kategori sangat terpencil, rawan konflik bersenjata, dan daerah endemik penyakit “purba” schiscosomiasis (demam keong) yg di Indonesia hanya ada di wilayah kerja kami. Saya melakukan pengabdian di tempat ini karena saya ingin merealisasikan salah satu impian masa kecil saya, yaitu melakukan pelayanan kesehatan di beranda terdepan NKRI. Dan di bulan ini tepat satu tahun saya bertugas sebagai Tim Nusantara Sehat.

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Kerjain Aja Dulu

Lukas Jhon Sulo Palayukan (XLFL Batch 5) – Client Solution Executive at iProspect Valuklik – Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia


Hi Kak Jhon, senang mendapat kesempatan untuk mewawancarai Kakak kali ini! Boleh diceritakan mengenai kegiatan Kakak saat ini?

Hi! Terima kasih juga buat kesempatannya. Semoga dapat menginspirasi pembaca tentang apa yang saya share kali ini. Sekarang kegiatan saya lagi berfokus untuk menambah ilmu dan membangun professional portfolio di kantor selama waktu kerja. Mengapresiasi diri dengan me-time di akhir minggu, dan menjadi pengurus di Bryan Gunawan Project 2020.

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An Interview with Katrina Wardhana (Founder of Art for Refuge) Compassion Above All

 “What’s challenging is not about becoming a woman who leads, but more about becoming a youth that is able to lead”

That was the answer that I received from Katrina, during our virtual interview when I asked her about the challenges and obstacles she’s been facing as a woman-leader. Being a leader at the age of 18 and having to run a social initiative program, while still having to pursue her degree abroad was never an easy job. Katrina puts herself in each of those outlets, and one of her keys to keeping all things in balance is compassion.

For some of us, oftentimes compassion could be such a challenging and heavy word. Let’s be honest here. Giving, showing affection, being empathetic, being aware and immersed in our surroundings wasn’t something that is easy to do. There’s our ego that plays alongside our hearts when we’re about to leap on to a more compassionate decision. But during my interview with Katrina, she told me about her journey of developing Art for Refuge (AFR), a social initiative program focusing on providing art classes for refugees, where compassion plays one of the most important roles in the process.

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Pemberdayaan Dimulai dari Diri Sendiri Bukan Orang Lain

Asri Wijayanti  – XLFL B5 Surabaya – Founder Jahitin

Asri merupakan alumni Universitas Brawijaya dan pendiri “Jahitin” sejak ia berada di semester 5 bangku perkuliahan. Jahitin merupakan first online personal tailor platform.

Alasan membuat jahitin

Berangkat dari kesulitan Asri untuk menemukan penjahit di kotanya sejak ia SMP dan berlanjut hingga kuliah. Sampai suatu saat pada tahun 2016, ia menemukan penjahit di Kota Malang dengan hasil jahitan yang memuaskan dan waktu yang cepat meskipun berada di lokasi yang tidak strategis, sulit dijangkau, dan jauh dari pusat kota. Dari situ ia tahu bahwa lokasi penjahit tidak mempengaruhi kualitas hasil jahitan. Karena tidak semua penjahit mempunyai modal untuk membuka butik di lokasi yang strategis.

Perjalanan jahitin hingga saat ini

Saat mulai terbentuk, jahitin berfokus agar penjahit bisa mendapatkan pesanan secara online. Pada tahun 2019, Asri berpikir untuk meningkatkan kualitas penjahit meskipun jahitin adalah sebuah usaha sosial. Pelanggan berharap hasil pesanan bagus, sesuai keinginan, dan tepat waktu. Muncullah ide untuk membuat “Jahitin Akademi”. Program ini berhasil bekerja sama dengan Kementerian Desa Tertinggal dan Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika. Program ini berfokus untuk memberdayakan penjahit lokal agar mendapatkan pelatihan menjahit, literasi keuangan, dan pengelolaan limbah tenun dengan cara yang mudah. Jahitin akademi telah memberdayakan penjahit lokal di Sumba Barat, Aceh Singkil, Gorontalo, Lombok, dan beberapa daerah lain.

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We Must Utilize an Opportunity to The Fullest Extent Because There’s No One Else to Blame For It

Bradley Gunawan – XLFL B5 Jakarta – Founder AMM (Anak Muda Mengajak)

Bradley majored in Green Economy at Surya University and currently working at OTP Institute, a human capital development company focusing on communication and leadership. He is also running AMM (Anak Muda Mengajak), a youth empowerment community that he and his friends started a few years ago, focusing as a platform for youths to create, collaborate, and contribute for others. Lastly, his XLFL SIP (Social Innovation Project) team has also been continuing to develop the project, JALAJAH, a traveling consultation platform.

AMM (Anak Muda Mengajak)

The background of AMM is basically from Bradley’s thought about education and people development. These two are important in many different ways. Technology and many kinds of advancement might not be optimal if the ones using them are not adequately empowered. That’s why he and his friends established AMM as a platform for aspiring youths to access development opportunities. They feel that program development, especially related to soft skills and networking opportunities, are not widely accessible for many people yet. They also observe that a lot of professionals and more experienced individuals (even to the extent of C-Level & Founders) are actually more than willing to share their knowledge and experience. Hence, they see an opportunity there.

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Empower More, Get Back More

Jessica Triady – XLFL B6 Medan – Founder WolleWolly

The restriction of freedom and mobility which women experienced due to gender discrimination at that time was the reason behind Kartini’s aspiration. Just like Kartini, Jessica Triady also recognizes the same problem. Many women are experiencing restrictions, one of which is due to financial difficulties. They are prevented from exploring their potential since they cannot afford to.

Through her business in handcrafting called WolleWolly, Jessica realizes that she can do something to help address this issue. She then turns WolleWolly to be a social enterprise whose profit is generated to empower underprivileged women in her community. She conducts a free crocheting training for them with an aim to equip them with a handcrafting skill. As a result, the women can eventually produce something to be sold and earn extra income from the sales. So far, she has empowered more than 50 women and some have successfully made their crocheting skill their paid hobby.

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Doing the Extra Mile: From XLFL to a Pageant

Muhammad Hafizh Mushawwir – XLFL Batch 7 Pontianak, Universitas Tanjungpura

Meet Hafizh — Stiff, a little bit shy, always uncomfortable under a spotlight, but he is a hard worker. That day, when his Ted Talk challenge practice was given with sharp reviews; that he was too stiff, looked awkward, he knew that he needed to push himself harder to change. Those reviews taught him hard. The real challenge awaited. He chose not to repeat the same mistakes, he made sure it would be something different. For the follow-up Ted Talk challenge, he picked the most unexpected and different theme, to talk about a pageant, his pageant experience.

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Menginspirasi Melalui Platform Women on Work!

Ubay Syakhisk Arbi Mohamad – XLFL Batch 7 Bandung – Project Leader dan Co-founder Women on Work!

Halo Ubay! Women on Work! itu apa sih?

Women on Work! Adalah pilot project untuk membantu para perempuan yang pernah menjadi korban kekerasan seksual dengan menyelenggarakan konseling online dan offline di lima kota (Madiun, Jakarta, Bandung, Jogjakarta, dan Surabaya) dalam waktu 1,5 bulan.

Wahhh, kapan nih project ini berjalan?

Project ini berjalan selama bulan November 2018 – Januari 2019. Project ini baru ada satu batch, dan di batch pertama itu kami ada lima peserta dari lima kota yang berbeda.  Karena ini project perdana, jadi banyak yang belum berani membuka sesi online counseling untuk kasus spesifik ke pelecehan seksual. Alasannya karena trauma yang dirasakan tiap orangnya berbeda, bisa tergantung dari sisi relationship antara si wanita dan pria, atau faktor eksternal seperti tiba-tiba dilecehkan gitu.

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