In the globalization era, cities and towns turn themselves into an acceleration arena of social transformation. City development policy then takes part in determining the success or failure of the country in coping with protracted crises. Unfortunately however the strategy has not developed into serious issues in Indonesia. You would not wonder thereby that since 1998 regime change fresh concerns come up from intellectuals and academicians in Vancouver, Canada.
Team working with the Indonesian consulate in Vancouver, the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, on March 4-6, 2009 held a workshop about the future of Indonesian cities. With inviting academicians and different parties concerned like the government officials and civil society representatives from within Canada, the United State of America and Indonesia to discuss the matters, the institute expects to open up spaces from city stakeholders to share opinions, perspectives, and feasible works in articulating understanding about future of the Indonesian cities and towns.
In different posting to come, you find some ideas shared during the workshop.**