by Kirsten Eldridge, Jolkona Volunteer
Our 16 social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a three-week mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will come from Bangladesh and Indonesia to Seattle next month. This three-week intensive program will allow them to further hone their business plans, learn how to tell their story, and gain new insights. We can’t wait to welcome them to our offices on October 25th!
Today’s feature is Ronaldiaz Hartantyo, Founder of Ideas Indonesia. Ideas Indonesia partners with local farmers to change the perception of Indonesian agriculture by transforming rural communities into eco-tourism destinations. Ideas Indonesia’s mission comes from the simple idea of trying to make agriculture cool for a new generation.
You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on November 11th in the beautiful, new Galvanize co-working space in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!
Outside of this project and work, what else do you do for fun in your home country? What other passions do you have?
I am also an architect, designer, and a videographer. I love to read books and watch movies. It’s okay for me to go to the cinema alone.
What inspired you to start this venture?
I used to intern on Flores Island in the off-the-grid village named Wae Rebo. I spent 3 months building and learning vernacular architecture with the local community. After my project, the village got selected and won UNESCO Heritage Award. During the project I learned about eco-tourism and its potential to support agricultural sector.
What is one obstacle you have faced in running your social business? How did you overcome this obstacle?
Ignorance from the society we’d like to approach. Integrity and trust are also some of the things to be concerned about when dealing with and facing several communities. Some of our communities in Indonesia have this mindset of relying on government support, which makes them unproductive.
What are you looking forward to when you come to the United States for the Jolkona Catalyst program?
Benchmarking and trying to learn as many things as I can. Gaining a network and collaborating with others. And of course widening my horizons and experiencing new things. After all, to travel is to live!