Highlights in the media today: The government lacks inter-sectoral coordination, checkpoints to control land travel following ‘mudik’ ban activated, the Finance Ministry to include COVID-19 financial package in 2021 draft budget
Last week saw the viral spread on Indonesia social media of the “news” that said Xiaomi smartphones could somehow spread the coronavirus.
Though logic-defying and blatantly fake, this piece of news was picked up by online news portals and made viral by many social media users. As an analyst at Maverick, the epidemiology of this fake news item is fascinating for me, as it contains lessons about its contagious pathways and what could be done in future outbreaks.
Fintech, or financial technology has remarkably changed the way Indonesians make payments. It’s adoption is so fast that if you go to a traditional mom-and-pop sundry shop in, say PIK’s Freshmarket, the shopkeeper is likely to encourage you to pay using your mobile payments app.
And that’s just a small sector of Indonesian society. There is still the rest of the 260 million population to conquer. The fintech market is bristling with opportunity and growth prospects and early movers GoPay and OVO have established themselves as the main players.
LinkAja, a fintech app initiated by Indonesian state banks and other state-owned enterprises entered the market only less than half a year ago but can potentially heat up this already competitive space.
Most people, us included, were brought up to think that human being are rational creatures. They are supposed to take into account available information, analyze it, and consider the pros and cons of a situation before making a rational decision. This ability to think is supposed to be what sets us apart from animals and puts us at the top of the food chain.
If only that is true.
Angkie Yudista stands out for someone who works at a non-profit organization.
At a presentation recently she held the attention of the crowd. Then she paused and pulled off something attached to her ear. “Without this I can’t hear you.”
The crowd was mesmerized. What she had in her hands that she showed to the audience were her hearing aid and in a few short moments drove home her message about the important work that Thisable Enterprise, the organization she leads, empowers those with disabilities to fulfill their full potential; and how she’s managed to grow the organization from scratch in large part with strategic communications.
“Ke Banyuwangi yuk?”
Hah? Itu yang pertama terucap di mulut saya ketika partner ngajak ke Banyuwani. Sekejap otak saya bekerja keras mencoba mengingat-ingat ada apa di Banyuwangi. Sebelum saya menemukan ingatan saya soal Banyuwangi, dia melanjutkan ajakannya tadi.
“Kamu kan suka Lord of the Rings dan kamu juga udah berkali-kali nonton The Lion King. Makanya aku mau liburan kali ini ke Banyuwangi aja”