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Theme: Journey to Return

This event occurred on
August 13, 2011
10:00am - 6:00pm WIB
(UTC +7hrs)
Jakarta, Indonesia

The Journey to Return

What is progress? And how can it empower our humanity?
From the secrets of the natural environment from which we arise, to the values and stories that form our society; from the technologies and resources that enable modern life, to the ideas that define and protect our humanity -- or threaten it.

TEDxJakarta 2011 will be a celebration of the old and the new that remind us of the basics and take us a step closer to the truths.

Event content will be 70% in Indonesian. We will provide 100 pax of live translation ear devices for non-Indonesian speakers.

Registration for event opens 8pm August 2nd on www.tedxjkt.org

Cilandak (Details to be announced)
Jakarta, Indonesia, 12190
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Siti Musdah Mulia

Musdah believes compassion is at the heart of religion. In her courageous work as Chair of Indonesian Conference on Religion for Peace (ICRP), she promotes interfaith dialogues, tolerance, and democracy to achieve peace. She is also a human rights activist and author of “Reformist Muslimah” and “Islam & the Inspiration of Gender Equity”.

Didik Nini Thowok

Didik’s art is unique. He combines various Indonesian dance traditions and comedy to choreograph his world-renowned cross gender dance performances. His productions include Dwimuka (Two Faces), Kuda Putih (White Horse), the Nopeng and Walang Kekek mask dances.

John Hardy

This trailblazing man challenges our views on sustainable businesses with his green projects. After selling John Hardy Jewelry, a global luxury brand, he and his wife Cynthia created the world’s first Green School in Bali. The school is a stunning piece of architecture built primarily with bamboo.

Ewa Wojkowska

Ewa left a decade of service at the United Nations to setup kopernik.info – an online marketplace that connects life-changing technologies with communities in need. Since 2009, her site has improved 47,000 lives reached through 31 projects in 10 countries.

Ridwan Djamaluddin

As director of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Ridwan lead a team of Indonesian engineers fearlessly to develop the country’s first tsunami early detection system. He is passionate about the ocean and in changing youth education.

Derek Sivers

This modern day philosopher founded CD Baby, the largest online seller of independent music, and gave most of it away to charity. Esquire magazine dubbed him as “one of the last music-business folk heroes”.

Muljadi Pinneng

Pinneng is an award-winning underwater photographer who has logged hundreds of dives to capture Indonesia’s indescribable beauty in frames.

Jubing Kristianto

Jubing is famous for giving an imaginative sound to Indonesian traditional and children songs with his dynamic finger style guitar repertoire. He shares these valuable arrangements for free on the Internet.

Zaini Alif

Zaini’s teaches children the fun of traditional games and toys through his social business, Komunitas Hong. He is also committed to reinvesting profits in children education, health and wellbeing through this platform.

Surprise Speakers

We will have a special surprise speaker. And a selection of curated talks from our community members (from TEDxJakarta: You)

Organizing team

Benson Engelbert

Jakarta, Indonesia


Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Arief Aziz
    The Bald Guy
  • Sandila Ekaputri
    Dilai Lama
  • Lalitia Apsari
    The professional Hugger
  • Santi Alaysius
    Creative PIC
  • Anindya Mutiara
    Consumption PIC
  • Veny Lai
    Community Care & Usher PIC
  • Natalia Turangan
    Community Care & Usher PIC
  • Irma .
    Stage Manager
  • Daniel Giovanni
    Social Media Genius
  • Kaisar Siregar
  • Prima Abdullah
    TEDxJakarta: You PIC
  • Jessica Sulistyo
    Special Liaison to Out of town visitors
  • Dedicated Volunteers
    TEDxJakarta team