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Workshop SDGs - Technological Approach For Sustainable Development In Indonesia

11 November 2021

In 1962, Rachel Carson published her book “Silent Spring”, which has inspired global environmental
movement along with the publication of “The Limits to Growth” in 1970 by the Club of Rome and MIT.
The latter questions the viability of continued growth in the human ecological footprint with the dire
prediction of collapsing civilization before 2100.

In 1983 The Brundtland Commission published a
report of “Our Common Future” that defines Sustainable Development (SD) as “development that
meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to
meet their own needs”. The key principle of sustainable development underlying all others is the
integration of environmental, social, and economic concerns all aspects of decision making.

On September 25th, 2015, the member states, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, adopted
17 goals, embedded in the overall commitment to the 2030 Agenda and called SDGs. The tag line
of SDGs is “To leave no one behind”.

Since then, there are many actors attempting to implement sustainable development principles
around the world. Some of them are based on a technological approach, which has played an
important role in all civilizations. As Rachel Carson has argued in her book, it is recognized that any
technology can bring good or bad impact, depending on how the society uses the technology. With
the help of technology, we are trying to decrease or reduce the already existing gap in development
amongst society. But technological approaches sometimes make the gap bigger. It is not anymore
in line with the central and transformative promise of “no one left behind” for the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development.

There are already many seminars, workshops, or webinars regarding
the mix of technology and development. They mostly tend to present and “to sell” the idea of
technology and its positive contribution is to human livelihood. However, it is very rarely coming from
the beneficiaries’ point of view; how they respond to a technology and how a technology may have
impact to their behavior or daily life. The beneficiaries are rarely getting the opportunity to come up
to the stage and share their point of view or even concern. This workshop’s purpose is to give a
space for beneficiaries to speak.

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