Chances are your company is one of many taking a wait and see strategy in this political year of 2014. The fact is; Indonesia’s economic growth has yet to show any sign of decline from the last 3 elections, according to Poltak Hotradero, head of the BEI research division. Isn’t this a positive sign?
This positive mindset is what we were trying to spread through Forum Percakapan we hosted with a title called : "Spreading The Optimism Virus In The Political Year Of 2014". The event that was held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, featured two well-renowned speakers, Bima Arya, The Mayor of Bogor and Poltak Hotradero, head of the research division of the BEI, who is also a twitter celebrity as he has more than 65 thousand followers.
Both were selected because they were considered as figures who represent optimism towards this country through leaderships and their prominent role in their respective fields. Bima Arya, a political observer who were compelled to get inside the political vortex to be able to initiate positive changes and Poltak Hotradero who consistently gave inspirations through his tweets on twitter @hotradero to thousands of his followers.
Start a positive change from ourselves.
"If it is not Bogor citizens themselves who start making changes, then who else", said Bima as a response to a question about his motivation pursuing The Mayor position. He also explained that all this time Bogor never had a native Mayor, who understands the culture and custom of Bogor citizens, as a result there were many problems were not resolved. “ To resolve a problems, often we need to get your hands dirty “. “In the US, Most Presidents previously served as State Governors, so they know exactly what the problems are and how to deal with it “, added Poltak in respond to Bima’s statement.
Bima continued that, the spirit of 'blusukan or unannounced visits in Javanese ' of Jokowi and innovative breakthroughs initiated by Ridwan Kamil, were inspirations for the community to start being proactive in making changes that were self initiated.
"Frankly, the reason I won the election lay on the willingness of Bogor middle class citizens who were hunger for changes. The election was not about me, It’s about how I can serve public interests”, said Bima. According to Poltak analysis; the middle class are the ones who can drive changes. “ One tweet can cause a snowball effect that pushed the government to cancel the LPG (gas) price increase policy after bombarded with protests on twitter “, remembered Poltak.
As a conclusion, both speakers agreed that confident towards this country should start from ourselves. "According to the data, Indonesia's economic output is equal to the output of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia combined. Productive middle class domestic consumption plays the biggest role to our economic growth ", Poltak explained. So let's start to be optimistic in this political year, because if we are optimistic, it will gradually influence other people, which may lead to the realization of strategic partnerships between different groups in the community.