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Jan 10, 2011, 4:13:09 PM1/10/11
to Bandung Fe Institute NEWSLETTER
January 11th 2011

01. Message from the Administration
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01. Message from the Administration

Dear friends, colleagues, competitors,
We have begun a new year 2011 after finishing great times we have in
the year 2010. We have given our efforts to see the complexity of
social life in the past year as it has been celebrated by our
publications in the institute’s working papers, books, and scientific
articles published in journals elsewhere. We are very grateful for a
lot of occasions in which we can now more and more close to the
implementation of research in Indonesia. As we know, that good science
must be useful. And it is the task of any scientific research to make
all the nature of complexity we found empirically simple enough for
people to gain insights from it. For the simplicity out of the
complexity of our social life will give humanity an important
opportunity to handle the social system with more care, yet effective
for the purpose of denouncing injustice as giving welfare for all

Last year has been a great one for our research has touched society as
innovation for betterment in many occasions. We thank the Republic of
Indonesia Research and Technology Ministry for awarding three of our
research findings as some from the 102 representative innovations
throughout the country: generative music, the social complexity disc,
and the Indonesian cartograms. All of these have been enrichment to
the previous innovations that are now brought to business
implementation: the physics of batik, as presented by the our fellows
in acroBatik for this.

From the researches in 2010 we have seen a lot of scientific
development on ethnic cultures in Indonesian Archipelago. There have
been a great passion to deal with thousands of cultural objects of
data as it has been collected by our fellows in Indonesian Archipelago
Cultural Initiatives (IACI) in the open-digital library of Indonesian
Culture: We are very delightful for
the growing data within it, as more data will become a fuel for us for
more on our endeavors for more creative innovations as to human
understanding about the cultural diversity. Indonesia to cultural
evolutionary research is a place more like Galapagos to Darwinian
biological evolutionary works. Our works on the ethnoclustering maps
by incorporating the works on phylomemetic tree – as proxy to the
memetic model of human cultural evolution – has been improved more and

All of those works have made us to face the challenging life of the
new world order on the capitalistic appreciation to cultural objects
and it’s security. We are delightful to join the workshops brought
regarding to this by our friends in the government: the ministry of
foreign affairs and the ministry of culture and tourism of Republic
Indonesia. The unity of Indonesian people gives positive impact for
the restoration of our heterogeneity of cultures in this largest
archipelagic nation on the planet. The security of Indonesian ethnic
diversity has challenged the perspective on the intellectual property
rights as being traditionally brought by the World Intellectual
Property Rights Organization (WIPO). We are delightful for existence
of the open-mindedness on this challenge from WIPO as well as friends
in the United Nations on Education and Culture Organization (UNESCO)
on this issue. We ask all of us, as citizens of the world, for support
to the betterment of Indonesian cultural security in our introducing
the Nusantara Cultural Heritage State License (NCHSL) on Indonesian
cultural objects. The traditional culture of Indonesia cannot be
handle with traditional views on intellectual property rights!

Friends, colleagues, competitors,
However, some tasks regarding to the complexity our social and
economic life is should also be more and more invigorated. As the
higher gini index of Indonesia now should show us that the inequality
of our social life in the country is not a good thing. It is an
inevitable fact, that the free market ideology has induced growing
hardhsip across the archipelago. We cannot close our eyes on the
growing poverty issue in Indonesia. The traditional economists that
are now becoming (or supporting) policy-makers on social and economic
issues in Indonesia should be strengthened with the works in the
institute on social complexity, evolutionary economics, econophysics,
and all. This is not without saying that the political aspects and
justice are out of the hands of complexity sciences. The works in the
institute regarding to “legal physics”, computational political
sciences, and all must also altogether in the sense of
interdisciplinary researches should also being brought.

Public policies for social, economic, and political life in Indonesia
should be sharpened by the complexity sciences, a thing that has been
a mission of the institute since her establishment eight years ago. It
happens too often the wrong and far projections and risk analyses in
any structural changes in prices, inflation regarding to policies on
fiscal, monetary, and macroeconomic issues in the country, makes
pessimisms have become inherent in realistic view on the future of the
nation. It should have been a good moment now, complexity sciences
showed action for the more optimism about our future.

I cherished the efforts held by colleagues in INVASA, our friends
Billy Franata, Rolan Dahlan, Vande Leonardo, and Rendra Suroso for
their day-night working hours building such enormous data backbone
from the basic elements of Indonesian social living: villages. The
incoming year should be the year full with celebration of more of our

Friends, colleagues, competitors,
The scientific endeavors on social system have shown a great
enrichment from physics to social, economic, political, and legal
studies. The dynamicity of social phenomena has witness the sharp and
harmonious interdisciplinary sport between physics and social
sciences. However, horizon of our scientific spectacles has seen that
the social system does not change in dynamics, but also in the
evolutionary sense. Structural changes of social life have been
captured so well with statistical, computational, analytical and
numerical physics, yet the cultural changes within can only be
captured evolutionarily. A good thing is that the interdisciplinary
approaches are now available for us to dig in further since biology
and physics have been involved in a quite deep interplay much better
than both with social sciences, in general.

Today social sciences may be indebted to the comprehensiveness of
physical sciences, yet the sciences of tomorrow lie in the biological
and life sciences. The trend of evolutionary approaches in wide ranges
of social studies confirms. The researches in the institute exploring
memetic analysis in Indonesian traditional cultures, economy, and
complex political studies are signature of the institute on this
domain. The landscape of creativity and innovation lies in the
evolution of the diversities existing in Indonesian fabrics,
folklores, traditional music, ancient and traditional architectures,
and more waiting for further comprehensive understanding on today
economy, politics, and global cultures.

Friends and colleagues,
Let us just embrace the new year as the incoming year full of
excitement of our social and humanity betterment. May the research
year 2011 is the year on which milestones of beautiful works of
scientific research are marked in the institute as also elsewhere! God
bless us and those expect development and improvement from sciences!

Hokky Situngkir
President of Bandung Fe Institute

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