Adventures of Tolerance: Exploring, Promoting, and Learning Peace from Various Cities Across Indonesia
Indika Foundation in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia organized a project called Adventures of Tolerance from 27 September to 6 October 2019. Adventures of Tolerance aimed to provide a safe environment for Indonesian youth to experience interreligious and intercultural encounters by having discussions with local communities, organizations, and heroes.
We selected 50 students from more than 30 different universities to explore 5 cities across Indonesia that have rich peace-related historical and cultural backgrounds as destinations: Pangandaran, Wonosobo, Batu, Ambon, and Poso. We then asked them to create social media contents and to write insights journals based on their learnings during the adventure.
Before the participants embarked on the adventure, we equipped them with few essential skills such as critical thinking and empathy, so that they would be able to derive impactful insights and to smoothly adapt to the new culture that they would encounter during the adventures. Other skills that were covered on this stage: conflict resolution, cultural adaptation, mindfulness for leaders, and basic journalistic skills.
Moreover, we also gave them knowledge on how to maximize the use of social media to spread positive contents by inviting experts and mentors in the field. In the process, we collaborated with various organizations, including Facebook, TEMPO Institute (a reputable journalism course provider), Kok Bisa (the biggest educational YouTube channel in Southeast Asia), and the Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Cultural Affairs.
By the end of the program, Adventures of Tolerance produced more than 580 social media contents (Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube), collectively garnered more than 100,000 likes and 1,000,000 views, while reaching more than 2,000,000 people online.
On top of that, we also had several activities initiated by the alumni of the project. Five alumni conducted offline campaigns in their local communities to promote diversity and tolerance. Twelve alumni wrote tolerance-themed articles and now are in the process to be published as a part of a book entitled “Mencari Cinta dan Toleransi Hingga ke Ujung Negeri” (Seek for Love and Tolerance to the Edge of the Country).
Adventures of Tolerance is part of Preventing Violent Extremism through Promoting Tolerance and Respect for Diversity (PROTECT Project) in collaboration with UNDP Indonesia.