Swadaya

Empowering local people & projects in the Indonesian archipelago: two of the most reknown media artists on Bali, filmmaker Joe Yaggi and photographer Rio Helmi join for a collaboration on a film & TV series called Swadaya.

In Indonesian language, Swadaya means self-empowered. The TV series features grassroots stories & projects worth supporting. The series will be broadcasted on Local TV stations across Indonesia with the goal of inspiring communities to create socially beneficial projects.

Joe Yaggi is runs  Jungle Run Film Prodcutions in Ubud /Bali since decades and recently opened a second office in Jakarta. Rio Helmi covers Indonesia as a photographer since decades, see hompage here

Bertemu: from trash to treasure with tradition

Friends of mine in Indonesia started a grass root upcycling project called Bertemu with glass, jute, cloth, traditional woven fabric, leather, and more.
Maria Bianca Vega and her husband Prananda K. Pudra discoverd their love for traditional Indonesian textiles like handwoven Ikat, search for sources of used materials, textils as well as traditional craftspeople and weavers to produce upcycling products for ethical travellers.

Bertemu: Indonesian, translated “to meet” or “crossing”

Bertemu produces wallets, bags and more. Used materials, handwoven ikat and upcycling process makes each piece unique.

Bertemu is part of a new generation of grass root projects in Bali and all Indonesia, newtorking in events like “People who care” in Ubud. Bali-based locations can invite Bertemu for showcasing their project and I hope international fair trade shops like GEPA in Germany will catch on.

See also Bertemu on facebook and Instagram

(photos above provided by Prananda K. Pudra and Maria Bianca Vega)

 

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WOW Project

Last summer I met Hai Dai in Bali, the charismatic founder of WOW project in Bali, Phillipines, Vietnam and Haiwaii with smart centers and eco-villages combining social entrepreneurship, New Media, design communications, hospitality, tourism, organic farming, holistic education, academia research, permaculture, human rights and wow – it comes all together: thats the core idea 😀
The Wow experience is holistic: all belongs together, community, nature, tradition, modern life, work, celebration, fun, meditation, sprituality, a dynamic force of love, care & creativity.

I visited WOW Center at Lake Batur close the hot springs during construction time. It’s a magic spot and I’m curoius to come back.

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Co-founder Hai Dai

WOW Center at Mt. Batur under construction (jp)

WOW center Mt. Batur after inauguration

photos: (jp) by Joo Peter, all others by Hai Dai

Comment by Hai Dai:

Thank you for your article on our efforts Joo! I know it is very difficult to explain the many facets of WOW since it is based on a WOW Dynamics framework; the power within interconnectedness of being! Never the less, here is one of the latest sparkling moments for you to resonate with and our best hope is that you feel inspire and we will start there! ✨🙏🏼✨Creativity in celebrations!!!

Wow sustainable freedom festival: https://sway.com/g15XvBjm9to3zTcL

Casestudy by senior academic researcher, Ms Kim Calderon

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fair trade: products with a story behind

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I met Ronny & Diana of Fair Trade Connection on a film makers meet-up in Ubud, Bali and was impressed by their integrity and dedication. They help Fair Trade Organizations by shooting documentaries about local projects and producers of fair trade products all over the world. They also helped me to improve my skills and I re-edited my Green School film on their advise.
They shot 500 videos in 5 years since they founded Fair Trade Connection, a Belgian NGO – great work!

See also homepage of Fair Trade Connection: fairtradeconnection.org

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Bumi Hijau TV

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above: Joe Yaggi and Nadia Astari at the Onion Cafe

Joe Yaggi is a legend among Balinese filmmakers, the true Indiana Jones. He was one of the first founding a film production company on the island in the 90s called Jungle Run and since then travelling and shooting  in the remotest islands,  working for all major global TV channels  and mentoring great young film makers like Nadia Astari, who managed the filmmakers meet-up at Hubud the recent months.

On the side, he started Bumi Hijau TV  for Indonesian television, to raise awareness for environmental topics, reaching millions of viewers over the years. Bumi Hijau means Green Earth.

Read Nadia Astaris recap of Joe Yaggis presentation at Hubud in August 2016

Watch Jungle Run prodcutions on youtube

 

 

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refugee photo project

an 8th grade school kid in Germany works on a photo project about refugees in her hometown, close to mine.

Many of my friends and neighbors here in Germany are involved in projects helping refugees from Syria and other countries. My school will start a peace choir concert in the town hall together with singers from local refugee camps.

The destiny of the refugees reminds us of our own history.

The city I live in since 10 years was almost completly destroyed in World War II, so I started a interactive photo project to discover present and past of my town: http://teachingart.de/heilbronn (to be continued)

Heilbronn was destroyed 4th December 1944  (city close to Heidelberg).

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Singapore Eco Film Festival

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the highly inspiring filmmaker Jacqui Hocking, who I met in Bali this summer,  organizes the first Singpores Eco Film Festival in November, check it out:  SGEFF

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Read also the recap of her presentation at the Filmmakers Meet-Up at Hubud.

Jacqui Hocking enforces the B-Company movement in Asia.

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