Today’s Indonesia is the realization of a long and challenging historical process, and still it has its share of remaining difficulties and challenges. In that environment Indonesian individuals and groups, as well as Indonesian society and leadership, must make decisions on a daily basis regarding how to meet these challenges based on their own norms and values. The way these values and norms are played out in society and in interactions with others who hold their own norms and values has created the middle ground of interaction that Indonesia holds through a balance of power, a middle ground or meeting place for deliberation (Musyawarah) and consensus building (Mufakat) regarding the differences and diversities that make Indonesia exceptional.

International Indonesia Forum welcomed the contributions of scholars working on various aspects related to this broad topic of values and morals in the middle ground of deliberation and consensus to the 10th International Indonesia Forum.

To successfully hold the event, they made a joint committee from Jusuf Kalla School of Government, IGOV, GAA, and MGAA. This event is supported by Asia Pacific Society for Public Affairs, The American Institute For Indonesian Studies, and KOMPAS Media.

The International Indonesia Forum Conference was officially commenced by Dean of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Dr. Titin Purwaningsih and Chairman of International Indonesia Forum, Dr. Frank Dhont. This event was held on 2 (two) days from July 25 – 26, at the Amphitheatre of UMY Postgraduate Building 4th Floor.

Acting as a Keynote Speaker, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas, a member of House of Regional Representatives and Queen of Yogyakarta Royal Family.  During her speech, GKR Hemas shared her perspective on how local wisdom of Javanese Culture can be a solution for socio-economic problems. GKR had also stated that the Indonesian Economy is being driven off the mark towards capitalism. Without the local values and wisdom the people might lost their places in the modern economic society.

Hamemayu Hayuning Bawana, is a universal and comprehensive value that could be interpret for any purposes including the economy. This philosophy teaches about order, harmony, and calmness in life. Whereas the modern economy tend to create people to be more self-centric and ignoring their surroundings. The philosophy also taught the people how to work without losing the wisdom. Javanese people are taught to be hard-workers and to live with harmony.

Her speech is based on the IIF Theme which focuses on the Exceptionalism: Values and Morals of the Middle Ground.  This event had also been attended by many scholars from several notable international universities, NGOs, and national government offices. (BHP & Amir)