Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM held a National Dialogue on Saturday (7/28) in the Auditorium. Carrying the theme “Role of Sociopreneur in Building National Resilience”, the dialogue was the main event of the Community Entrepreneurship Academy (AKM) program.
Erwan Agus Purwanto, Dean of the Faculty, said the program has been initiated for two years. “There was Soprema that started Creative-Hub, and now we have AKM this year.”
According to Erwan, AKM intends to solve the economic problems of marginalized communities. He explained that 100 participants will be sent to various regions to help with the economic growth. “Therefore, we expect support from the local government for this collaboration to run.”
Hasto Wardoyo, Regent of Kulonprogo, as one of the speakers, argued that the village needs guidance rather than motivation. He highlighted three things, which are production, market, and technology. They must be acquired by the village in order to compete in the economic field. “The role of sociopreneur is here. We are expecting creativity and collaboration.”
Another message was delivered by Hanif Dhakiri, Minister of Manpower, who also attended the dialogue. According to the Minister, to become a sociopreneur, a person should seek social-based practice instead of economic advantage as a motive.
In addition, he continued, the key to successful sociopreneur is to explore the problem and find the solution. “We can’t just think outside the box. If possible, think without the box.”
The argument contradicted with another dialogue participant, Eros Djarot, a cultural observer and politician. He argued that a sociopreneur cannot escape from the big box, which he referred to as Indonesia, specifically Pancasila.
“We should be aware of our identity. The effort needed is to strengthen Indonesia instead of weakening it.”