Monday, January 23, 2017

Indonesian Young Thought-Leaders on Environment 2017

Indonesian Young Thought-Leaders on Environment 2017

The program calls for Indonesian final year students or fresh graduates (bachelor and masters) to submit an essay surrounding environmental issues. The essay competition will be followed by leadership trainings and internship at the World Resources Institute offices in Jakarta and Washington DC.

To be eligible, you must fulfil all of the following criteria:
  • Final year student in a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme in any field of study OR within one year after graduation from a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme;
  • Born in 1993 or later;
  • Hold Indonesian citizenship and live in Indonesia;
  • Available to be in Jakarta for the Thought-Leaders Camp as part of the selection process (only for the top 20 individuals).

Prize

Following the essay competition, top 20 individuals will be invited to participate in a thought-leadership camp where participants will receive trainings. Top 3 finalists will get a chance to join the internship program at WRI Indonesia, and the winner will spend one month in WRI Washington DC for an internship program. All cost associated with these activities will be borne by WRI Indonesia.

Essay prompt

Crowdsourcing to solve environmental issues – What is your innovation?
The notion of crowdsourcing has appeared on the surface recently, particularly with the development of platforms that deploy the principles of crowdsourcing such Gojek (online transport network), Kitabisa (a fundraising platform), and Kawal pemilu (an election monitoring platform). Indeed, crowdsourcing can be found in various forms and sectors, from politics, business, to environment and may hold potential to contribute to solving issues in those sectors. Environment sector, particularly, has been receiving intense spotlight in the global community. The Earth experienced the warmest April on record last year, keeping 2016 on track to be the hottest year yet and by the biggest margin ever. In 2015, massive fires burned in Indonesia’s forests and land, creating toxic haze not only in Indonesia but also Singapore and Malaysia and resulting in billions of dollars' worth of damages and losses. More environmental problems are taking place and solutions to help address those issues are urgently needed.

The IYTL on Environment program calls for passionate Indonesian youth to think about the innovation in crowdsourcing that can help solve environmental issues – be it in climate, forests, energy, or cities. Pick one of these four areas you are most passionate about, identify a pressing problem in the area and come up with an innovation in crowdsourcing to solve it. You should also argue the pros and cons of such innovation.
We are looking for a data-driven, creative and thought-provoking essay. Candidates should feel free to go out of the box, although it needs to be justified through strong supporting arguments. Graphics and pie charts could be used in the essays to support your points.

Essay criteria

Form: Essay (maximum 1500 words)
Language: English
Deadline: 31 March 2017, 11.59pm WIB
Individuality: Individual work expected, no group work allowed.
Citation: All sources must be cited and referred to the respective part in the essay

Essay submission

Submit your essay, scanned copy of identity card, and scanned copy of student card to indonesiaoffice@wri.org⁠⁠⁠⁠

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