Value based Asset Development : One of the Alternative of Sustainable Development
What is the value added of ACT Alliance to be contributed in Rio+20? This is not easy to be answered since the major conceptual position of the alliance as CSO are mostly relatively similar to other CSOs.
If we realize huge ACT potentials as the alliance of 125 churches and related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development; works in 140 countries; mobilises US$1.6 billion annually in its work for a just world and over 33,000 people working for it globally; surely we have a uniqueness and value added that can be contributed for global policy as well the actions in the ground.
Not only the coverage, diversity and its holistic and community based actions, and its potential influence of member to major member of states of UN, the alliance also equipped with support system on conceptual development and implementation trough many working group, community in practices groups and advisory groups for development and advocacy work, beside mobilizing humanitarian resources trough appeal mechanism. The member of ACT both in north and south has already established long before the existence of current global CSO movement, so we are pioneer in civil society movement.
The idealism for just, peace and sustainable development may similar with other CSOs, but its energy behind organizational sustainability across the time and regions would be the uniqueness of the alliance. The source energy behind ACT Alliance is faith. Faith of as the hand of Church and Faith as humankind regardless their religious and belief background. Faith and Value is are our biggest assets, that may can be contributed to solve the problem of the world.
When the world do not want to shift its growth and greed paradigm and just looking for a compromise solution to green growth , it seem that we found a dead-end solution. All problems and challenfe listed by recent UN report especially Report on the World Social Situation 2011 and The Global Social Crisis report ( http://www.uncsd2012.org/resources_publications.html) every person say that business as usual is not enough, we should think out of the box, alternative and innovative ideas, and also act revolutionary from our self, local to global.
The challenge is always there, since the growth and greed paradigm has become the giant octopus monster that control every single aspect of life, at all levels. So every person so pessimistic with the manageability of any alternatives paradigm and model of development. What CSO speak out on another world is possible is just an illusion or dream. In this no alternative way what they can do is to fulfill the gap and try to solve the deficits. It is a rational solution, but not solving the problem; the new problems created by the system will faster and bigger than problems solved by the system. Therefor there is also no other way, that we should escape from the current system. How to, and where will we go, this is again need a process of discovering.
In the process of the discovering manageable alternative development, the first thing first we should transform our belief system in our mind, for faith based organization we can translate it into faith as our fundamental for future change ( Hebrew 11: 1), From faith we discover value and principles, then move forward to practice. If so hard to influence other people idea, we can start this exercise from our self then our organization and other upper levels. It need a hard self-disciplines to consistent between what we say and what we do. We say about enough and just consumption, we can start to our self and our organization. We say accountability, we make our self and organization accountable. Corruptions is the main killers in developing countries, this consequence of greed and growth paradigm, we can start from our own. This look very classic solution, but this is one of the alternative solution. I’m not talking about one person, I’m talking about 33 000 employee and 125 member of ACT alliance that work in 145 countries – a huge potential to changing another world.
If I learn from Rio +20 agenda, most talking about numbers and tangible measurement of human degradation as well human improvement. The intangible assets is neglected in major discussion. This is the main weaknesses of this conference, on how to solve problem number with number although the solution actually not a matter of number. The value based solution that I mentioned above, is the management of intangible assets. In asset based management, our basis is potential not the problems, the end of goal is not unlimited growth but resilience.
This Sunday I blessed by Rev. Andre Mello in Igreja Presbiteriana De Copacabana, I really enjoy the service, although not any Porto word I understand. The theme sermon looks about the power of holy ghost in their dominggo de pantecostes, that is very relevant to current situation. In this dead-end situation, we need the help of holy ghost. Since I’m the first Indonesian in this church, they welcome me so warm. In the afternoon, I visit Cathedral de sao Sebastiao, From distance I’m impress by the con/pyramidal Maya Inca type architecture, Inside we will enjoy so beautiful glass inload interior. Amid the beauty of the church my main attention is a sentence “ UT OMNES UNUM SINT” in the altar background. This the vision of Student Christian Movement; every time when I was the Chairperson of SCM in Yogyakarta -Indonesia I sung the Hymn of SCM that Ut Omnes Unum Sint is our ecumenical vision and destination. Now I’m transformed again by the verse. My Ut Omnes Unum Sint vision, unity all the churches, interfaith and CSO for future sustainable Development ( Sigit Wijayanta, June 11, 2012)
Photo: Ut Omnes Unum Sint at the altar of Cathedral de sao Sebastiao, By Setya Dharmaja