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Analyzing complex problems - solving a challenge and to implementing change or reform

miftahul 1 / 2  
Apr 20, 2021   #1
Over the past four years, I have implemented my ability on analyzing complex problems, theoretical and conceptual understanding and mobilization skills to fulfilling the literacy gaps in various aspects. Furthermore, I implemented discussion, class, and campaign as the main methods of problem solving. Therefore, I established and revitalized four intellectual organizations in my university, initiated four public classes, and giving training and workshops to the aspiring human rights defenders.

In 2019, I established Parahyangan Student Group on Examining Social Affairs (Pusik), intellectual community that focus on promoting liberal democracy values. Over the past two years, I have trained more than twenty students with the theory and concept of comparative politics, and practical skills such as campaigning, academic writing, and policy advocating. One of the student even become the chair of Parahyangan Catholic University's (PCU) student government, and the other one in charge of the student government strategic department. This resulting in the PCU's student government produce academic writing and take part in the democracy's promotion solidarity.

The establishment of Pusik came at the same time as the 2019's student rally against the revision of Anti-Corruption Eradication Bill. During the occasion, Pusik led more than hundreds of PCU's student to join the three-day rally, for the first time in twenty years. Along with activist in Bandung, Pusik attempted to implement the political-economy approach to the movement strategy and contextualized the issue into the Indonesia's democratic decline narrative.

Following the rally, Pusik continued to educate by initiating public discussion. Compare to other student organizations or even non-governmental organization, Pusik-led discussion attempted to contesting existing paradigm and theoretical frameworks, rather than empirical-level. In the span of two years, Pusik has initiated 17 public discussions, including the 2020's Southeast Asia Update on the Rise of Autocratisation that invited scholars from Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. Pusik attempted to educate and promote liberal democracy also evidenced in the 2020's Indonesian Political History class, inviting prominent scholars such as Marcus Mietzner, Thomas Power, and Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir.

In 2020, I also invited to establish the Amnesty International Chapter in PCU. However, I passed the leadership to my juniors as I finished my undergraduate study by the time the chapter completed. Prior to my stint in Pusik and Amnesty, I also took part in formulating training program for Parahyangan Student Group on Examining International Affairs (KSMPMI) and student press Media Parahyangan (MP). During the Covid-19 pandemic, I initiated three public online classes on sexual educations, financial literacy, and West Papua's Political History.

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