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Jan 13, 2013, 7:03:00 PM1/13/13


January 14th 2013



01. Indonesian Outlook 2013 is available for Indonesian readers

02. Call for Paper Journal of Social Complexity 2013

03. Receive our news in Facebook and Twitter



01. Indonesian Outlook 2013 is available for Indonesian readers

At the end of research year 2012, the institute has published and distributed limited numbers of a short “Indonesian Outlook 2013”. The outlook is entitled “Wawasan Indonesia 2013” and delivers a dozen infographics with visualizations and analyses based on social complexity researches in the insititute. If you understand Indonesian, you may want to visit the Indonesian Outlook 2013 homepage at:


There are seven highlights of the Indonesian Outlook 2013, as shown in the last pages, are,


First, while depicting the strategic positions of Indonesia, both geographically, and economically between strong powers of economy, the age of innovation ahead pushed the country for the product diversifications for exports, not merely the market diversifications. This is an important thing since the social and biological diversity within the countries should give more to the world humanity.


Second, as well as other countries in the regions, the down of economy in the northern hemisphere of the world should inspire Indonesian for the more attention to the modern capitalistic age and the practice of the financial system strongly wired to the world outside.


Third, the more collectivity should be empowered the way people in Indonesia for more productive collaborations, innovations, and practically “coalitions” between parties and social identities forming Indonesian political and social sustainability. Even the political history of the nation reflects how political winning is all the matter of coalitions. The incoming age has demanded that social and economic welfare is not merely about the competition on the acquisitions, but for the collaboration to acquire shared aspects, be it social and economic. Social living should be seen as a “body” with collective intelligence made all things we know as the social.


Fourth, interdisciplinary is a term Indonesian scientific communities should be embraced. The diversity of perspective from different domains should make greater contributions for the global picture of innovative society.  


Fifth, while modernity has given us some impacts socio-ecologically, Indonesia, as a landscape of diverse ethnography and traditional culture emerged from the heterogeneous collective intelligence spreading throughout the archipelago,  are rich of social and ecological knowledge that observations have shown most of them turns out to be more socio-eco-friendly. The researches and scientific works decoding the traditional wisdom, entitled in the institute as “TechnoCulture” is a way to embrace this.


Sixth, the archipelagic form of Indonesian geography should inspire the maritime public policy making in all aspects of social life in Indonesia. The visions for maritime nation have even been emphasized since the Indonesian founding fathers, yet the continental perspective are still there dominating the public policy making within the country.


Seventh, while the recognition of complexity has placed collaboration and interdisciplinary in the highest importance for scientific endeavors, social factors should be seen as emergent properties from the actors and elements within.  This brings the proposal to see more and more detail perspectives on the public policy to step on the realization the heterogeneity of the social life. In Indonesia, the elementary unity of social life lies in villages – thus the implementation of social development should be seen from perspective of villages. An initiative has been pioneered by the institute with the Surya Research and Education Indonesia promoting a program for smart governing, smart education, and smart healthcare from the level of village (smart village). This initiative would be the main color of the coming year of 2013. Nonetheless, data representations and analyses within the overall Indonesian Outlook 2013 express this perspective.


We invite readers to download Indonesian Outlook 2013 as a calendar for free and print it yourself for your own use:


However, if you want the original print edition of the calendar from the institute, by paying some charges in the exchange of printing cost, you may write a request to



02. Call for Paper Journal of Social Complexity 2013

The publication of research series Journal of Social Complexity is now embracing the next issue Volume 6 No. 1 (2013). This time, we want to deliver some researches due to the main theme of the series, “Complexity in Pop Culture”. The Board of Editorials welcome anyone’s contributions to this special edition of the Journal of Social Complexity.


The discussions and investigations on the pop culture may depart from a wide area of perpectives, but one of  characteristics remains: that it concerns what appeals to the masses. In this special issue, we will not focus on what pop culture should or should not be, as it is often put in opposition with, e.g. high or counter culture. Pop culture is a social phenomenon. It is induced, propagates and evolves through time. From clothing to cooking, it manifests in different shapes and forms, for different purposes. It spreads through various mass media which are evolving themselves, from the movable type to the world wide web. It lives in the society, and dies. And from such standpoint we invite you to enrich our understanding on the subject, by submitting your research papers, opinions, and relevant book reviews.


This is the main idea and motive behind the special theme proposed: "Complexity in the Pop Culture", to be elaborated in the next issue of the Journal of Social Complexity. You are encouraged and invited to submit your research papers, opinions, speculative thinking, and book-review to the Editorial Board by April 30th 2013 00:00GMT . Your ideas on this are surely important to our further understanding about the employment of computation and mathematics in social analysis.


Please refer to the submission terms here:



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