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IntroductiontoRCUS
RujakCenterforUrbanStudies(RCUS)isfoundedtofillthegapsinthenecessaryprocessoftransitionintotheecologicalage.ThevisionofRCUSisworkingtogetherwithcommunitiesingeneratinginnovativeknowledgeandpracticestobuildsustainablecitiesandregions.
BysustainabilityRCUSmeansnotonlysurvivingclimatechangeandotherecologicaldisasters,butalsosolvingotherurbanproblemsthathavepredatedourawarenessaboutecologicalissues.Nevertheless,wedobelievethattheawarenessaboutecology,andnewproductionofknowledgethatitsparked,havecreatedanewperspectiveandopportunitiesforconceptualisingouractionsdifferentlytosolvethoseotheroutstandingurbanproblemssuchaspoverty,justice,pluralism,inclusivity,etc.Indeed,theymakepossibleanewwayofbuildingcities.However,itisalsorealisedthatmuchmorenewresearchandknowledgeareneededtochangemanythings.
RCUSwishestofocusoncitiesashumanterritoriesthatamalgamatemost,ifnotall,ofcontemporaryandfuturehumanproblems.In2007theworldhaspassedtheirreversible50%urbanisationrate,duemostlytothehighestratesincitiesofdevelopingcountries.RCUSislookingouttothewholeSouthEastAsiaandTimorLesteasitareaofworks,whilestartingfirmlyinIndonesia.
RCUSwasbuiltfromdifferentexperiencesandbackgroundsofitsco-founderswhohavebeendoingamultitudeofresearch,capacitybuildingandpolicyadvocacysporadicallyinthepasttwodecadesorso.Theyhavesomeprofessionalworkingexperiencesinthefieldsofgoodgovernance,artsandculture,heritage,developmentstrategy,andpost-disasterreconstruction(inAceh).
Aswelearnedbydoing,however,werealisedthatchangesrequiredesignedsteps,biggermagnitudeandcollaboration,long-termcommitments,perseverance,andhenceseriousorganising.Wewishtocombineresearch,capacitybuildingandpolicyadvocacyunderoneroofofRCUStomakeoureffortsmoreeffective.
Ourpersistentorientationistowardseverexpandingownershipofsustainedchangesbycitizens,throughtheirinitiativesandactiveparticipationincity-andregion-building.Our
optimismisbasedonmanyyearsofencounteringandworking,atgrassrootlevels,withgrowingnumberofcitizens’sindependentandautonomousinitiatives,whosegrowthinthelastdecadeisaverysignificantphenomenoninitself.Inallourworkswewishtoalwaysbuildinfrastructures,spaces,andhabitsforcitizens’initiativesandparticipation,notasby-products,butastheverygoalitself.Wewishtobecomeamanagementcenterforknowledgethatistobegeneratedtogetherwithcommunitiestocreateinnovationsandtobeusedbycommunitiesinmakingchanges.
RCUS’sbirthdayisMay1,2010.Welookforwardtocollaboratingcreativelywithasmanypartnersaspossible.

RCUS’sProgram
1.JakartaPetrodollarsisaprogramwithinalargerframework/clusterthatwecall“CitiesandEnergy
2.CreatingInteractionInfrastructureforCitizens‘ActiveParticipationinJakartaandasecondaryCityinJava.
3.GrantforCitizens’Initiatives
4.SpatialPlanningWatch:
ContinuingourworkinadvocatingparticipatoryprocessinJakarta’sSpatialPlanning.Thisismorethanjustadvocacyworks,butincludesystematicdocumentation,monitoring+evaluation,andsystematicpublicationofinformationtogeneralpublic,andworkingwithgovernmentstoimprovespatialplanningquality.Thereisalotofcapacitybuildingtobeconducted,too.
5.Urban-KnowledgeDynamics
6.NationalLawonUrbanDevelopment(RUUKota)
7.RujakandResearch
8.Workshop:incooperationwithvariousparties,Rujakorganizedaworkshopaimingtoutilizeknowledgeandskillstogetherinmanyurbanareas.
9.ForumforCo-ProductionofKnowledge
10.RujakandSustainability
11.RujakandParticipatoryPlanning
12.SeriesofPublication:
a.DirectoryofCitizens’InitiativesinSouthEastAsia(on-lineandlimitedprintedition)
b.SustainableCitiesandRegionsarePossible
c.PeopleDrivenReconstructionofPost-tsunamiAceh(experienceswithparticipatory
reconstructionof23villagesinpost-tsunamiinAceh,winnerofDubaiInternational
AwardforBestPerformanceinImprovingHumanSettlement)
d.JakartaPetrodollar:Thisbookisbasedonresearchinoilandgasresourcesownedby
JakartaProvincialGovernmentinKepulauanSeribu.
e.Jakarta’sWordsandFacts:Thisbookcontainsacollectionofeventswhichformed
Jakartaduring1998-2010.ItalsocontainstheknowledgeaboutthechangesthatoccurredinJakartabasedoninformationfromthevariousresourcesofnewspaperclippings,governmentdataandwrittensources.ThepreparationoftheJakarta’sWordsandFactswassupportedbyTIFAFoundationandtheOpenSocietyFoundation
f.SpatialToolkitforUs:RujakproducedaspatialtoolkitofbooksandvideoscontainingpracticalknowledgedevotedtoencouragingJakartaresidentstobemoreempoweredandcriticalofthecity.ThepreparationofthetoolkitissupportedbyTIFAFoundation,theOpenSocietyFoundationandHivos.


Team

Dewan Pembina : Karina Sigar
Dewan Pengawas : Evi Mariani Sofyan
Dewan Pengurus
Ketua : Ricky Lestari
Sekretaris : Ade Darmawan
Bendahara : IG Haryanto Djoewanta
Pelaksana
Direktur Eksekutif : Marco Kusumawijaya
Manajer Program : Anindita Taufani
: Andesha Hermintomo
Manajer Kantor : Edhis Subhana

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