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Theme: (Un)Common Ground

This event occurred on
June 1, 2013
10:00am - 5:00pm WITA
(UTC +8hrs)
Ubud, Bali

For the third year running, we brought together a curated group of 300 changemakers, innovators, & social pioneers to be part of a full day schedule of talks, performances, and interaction. Indonesia is home to extraordinary ideas and amazing people and TEDxUbud is dedicated to showcasing this brilliance and turning these great ideas into action.

Ubud, Bali, 80352
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Ruici Tio

What happens when a social entrepreneur fueled by the power of music meets up with MTV EXIT’s goal to squelch human trafficking? The universe makes way. In tune with combining the transformative power of technology, musicians, and education to kick start political and social change, Ruici is on a mission to stop the degrading and inhumane practice of this slavery, which is the third most profitable criminal activity in the world (US$10 billion annually). The first MTV EXIT concert Ruici organized in Hanoi in 2010 brought in 45,000 screaming Super Junior K-pop fans and a resonating awareness about human trafficking, especially in Southeast Asia, which hasn’t subsided yet. Ruici previously worked at USAID in Jakarta, launched Blastbeat in the US - an innovative youth social enterprise project - and also worked at Apple. He was born in Cologne, Germany to Indonesian parents, and educated at the University of Chicago and Georgetown University.

Ernest Prakasa

Take one part funny man and one part dedicated father who knows what’s best for infant health, and you have Ernest Prakasa, the first Indonesian comic to tour across the country. A year before his tour he co-founded Ayah ASI, the first Indonesian fathers’ breastfeeding initiative, to courageously battle the corporations forcing baby formula products on consumers and violating ingredient regulations. Ernest and Ayah ASI also educate parents that breastfeeding is not only more nutritious for the baby, but it offers an important bonding. They have published the book Catatan Ayah Asi, now in its third printing. Born and raised in Jakarta, Ernest spent 10 years in the music industry before pursuing stand-up comedy. He co-founded @StandUpIndo, Indonesia's prominent stand-up comedy community. He received his bachelor’s degree from Padjadjaran University, Bandung. He lives in Denpasar with his wife Meira and three-year-old daughter, Sky.

Erin Michelle Threlfall

Erin is a theatre artist, activist and educator whose passion is making the world a better place via theater, the arts, her infectious exuberance and the classroom. Originally from the US, she’s taught at schools in Ghana, South Korea, Togo, and Bali. She focuses on nurturing global citizenship, happiness, and social activism within her students and leads dynamic workshops on inquiry-based learning and integrating the arts into the classroom. She writes about these explorations in her personal blog “Common Threads” and in “World Mom’s Blog,” The Huffington Post and Union Station magazine. She’s been recognized for her commitment to enriching lives through the arts by Mayor John Street of Philadelphia; U.S. President George Bush; and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Erin attended the University for the Arts in Philadelphia with a Presidential Merit and Talent Award, and received her master’s at Pace University, New York. But she considers her most important role as mother to her little man, Edem. Together, Edem and Erin have a plan to investigate world theater and influence education one continent at a time.

Peter Wall

Peter is a community builder, journalist, and filmmaker. He's lived in Ubud for three years, and recently co-founded Hubud, Ubud's first co-working space. Prior to living in Bali, Peter worked for 10 years as a video-journalist with the CBC in Canada, where he reported, wrote, shot, and edited his own stories and documentaries, and he continues to freelance. A few years back, he got the idea of making short films with his kids, while travelling. “We started with trailers, and went from there, using whatever beautiful place we're in as a backdrop. The boys never get bored of visiting temples or famous landmarks if they're staging a movie.” When the whole passel of Walls aren’t traveling the world and filmmaking, they enjoy playing cards and sports, and being part of the beautiful community of Ubud. In 2008, Peter won a CAJ/CIDA fellowship and traveled to Colombia. In 2006, his story “Mission House” was nominated for a Gemini award as the Best Newsmagazine Segment. He has degrees from the University of British Columbia and Bishop’s University, Quebec, Canada.

Cozy Street Corner

Cozy Street Corner is a Jakarta band whose music is hard to categorize, but the band members describe it as a mix of indie, indigenous, Indonesian folk and hints of Middle Eastern roots. Starting as six high school friends from Bogor, West Java, Cozy Street Corner formed in 1996. They initially jammed with other bands at campus gigs and wrote jingles for television. But in 1999, Cozy Street Corner created their own label and released their debut album, Cozy. Since then, the band has slimmed down to four principal members and taken on a distinctive sound of its own. Their third and latest album, From the Corner, explores their acoustical ambient side. Cozy Street Corner is motored by Boby Priambodo, Christian Buana Takarbessy, Petrus Briyanto Adi and Bharata Eli, who all play guitar, sing, compose and write lyrics. They are joined today by the amazing voice of Bonita.

Kobagi Kecak

The name KoBaGi stands for Komunitas Badan Gila, which translates as Community of Crazy Bodies and exemplifies the energetic, captivating way this dance troupe uses their bodies in performance. Following their establishment in 2008, the group worked for a year with French artist Greggoire George, who helped them incorporate modern and experimental elements into their Balinese Kecak routines. They have performed at The Bali Art Festival, Bali Spirit Festival, at major hotels and at other many other venues across Bali.


At 14, BLACK picked up his first yo-yo. Initially he couldn't do even the easiest trick, but after a week of practicing, he realized: I could be good at this. Very good. Four years (and 10,000 hours of practicing) later, he became the 2001 World Champion. And then... he gave it up. Went to school, got a job. But he missed the passion of performing. He realized: “I want to do this: entertain, bringing excitement and joy to people with the yo-yo.” Returning to competition after six years, BLACK clinched the 2007 World Yo-Yo Championship in the Artistic Performance category. Subsequently, he began dance and acrobatic training to create a new form of performing art. Imagine a yo-yo spectacle graceful and thrilling enough to pass an audition for Cirque du Soleil, yet fast and precise enough to pull a tablecloth out from under a stack of champagne glasses!

Delphine Robbe

Delphine Robbe originally moved to Gili Trawangan nine years ago to become a divemaster, but then became the impetus behind the Gili Eco Trust, a local NGO actively involved in the protection of reefs and environment of the Gili Islands in West Nusa Tenggara. She is a French national who became fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and specializes in Biorock reef restorations. She shares her passion via workshops; working with locals, including the children and volunteers; networking with other environmental organizations; and educating government. Gili Eco Trust's main project on land is improving waste management, an ongoing issue for Gili Islands, especially because of tourism, as well as tackling erosion, humane treatment of horses, and safety for turtles. Delphine studied in France and Canada, obtaining her masters in agronomy engineering, followed by fieldwork in Madagascar.

Michael Bodekaer

Michael Bodekaer is an accomplished serial tech entrepreneur focusing on education and productivity software startups. In 2010 he founded Project Getaway, a month-long lifestyle experiment that brings together passionate, entrepreneurial people from around the world to live and co-work in exotic, remote yet productive environments. Through these events he has touched thousands of people's lives and careers, inspiring them to pursue their dream of becoming truly location-independent. Michael has founded numerous successful tech companies, including Smartlaunch Systems (internet cafe software), BoligPlus (apartment rental services), Contenga (exotic tech startup incubator), Labster (virtual laboratories) and Mailbird (email productivity software). Previously, he worked with McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. He has a Masters degree in Finance & Strategic Management from Kellogg School of Management and Copenhagen Business School. He teaches entrepreneurship at various startup boot camps and mentors several startups.

Nila Tanzil

Founder of Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens), Nila is a children's literacy advocate working in remote, underdeveloped regions of eastern Indonesia. In three years she has distributed over 20,000 books and built 26 children's libraries across 11 islands. Nila has received numerous awards for her work in advancing children's literacy across eastern Indonesia, including the Kartini Next Generation: Inspiring Woman in ICT for Community Development (2013), Indonesia's Inspiring Youth & Women Award from Indosat (2012) and the She Can! Award from Tupperware (2011). Nila holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Parahyangan, Indonesia; and a Masters degree in European Communication Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

Sri Lestari

After a motorcycle accident left her paralyzed from the chest down at the age of 23, Sri Lestari confined herself to the house for 10 years. She was “unhappy, unproductive and really depressed”. Then she got wheels! - a motorcycle specially modified to allow her to ride in her wheelchair. “My life changed,” says the 39-year-old, who suddenly relished the freedom of being able to “go everywhere by myself.” Since 2009, Sri has worked for United Cerebral Palsy, Wheels for Humanity as a social worker. On a determined mission to share her empowerment with others, Sri has been travelling the 1,212 km from Jakarta to Bali on her modified motorbike “to prove that people with disabilities in Indonesia can live free, independent, productive and happy lives.” Sri will end her incredible journey in Ubud, in time to share her adventure with the TEDxUbud audience before flying back to her home in Klaten, Central Java.


Bonita is one of Indonesia’s most powerful female voices. Hailing from a musical family (her father, Koes Hendratmo, is an Indonesian singing legend, and her mother Herdawati was once a jazz singer) Bonita first received attention upon winning the prestigious Asia Bagus national song festival in 1994. After years of developing her own material, she released her debut, self-titled album in 2003 with Universal Music Indonesia, which included the hit singles Merah and Aku. Bonita's music straddles an array of musical styles ranging from folk to pop and jazz.

Gika Savitri

A native of Bali, Gika has been practising and performing traditional Balinese dance since the age of five. In recent years, she’s expanded her interest to other dance styles such as hip hop and street jazz. Now 18 and a senior at Ubud’s world-renowned Green School, Gika also serves as TEDxUbud’s Volunteer Coordinator, our youngest and smartest team member.

Organizing team


Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • Daniel Ziv
    Co-Curator, Host
  • Mila Shwaiko
  • Gika Savitri
    Head of Communications
  • Paulus Henry
    Director of Videography
  • Melati Gaymans
    Food Curator
  • Elia Simantov
    Music & Performance Liaison
  • Janita Himawati
    Creative Director
  • Viktor Prushenov
    Director of Photography
  • Fernanda Burr
  • Chicco Tatriele
    Executive Producer
  • Vincent Chiesa
    Stage Designer