We invite all of you who want to know more about the Village Revitalization movement to gather in a village in Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia. For a short period of time in the village, we will talk casually and engage with locals, activists, practitioners, thinkers, institutions related to village revitalization activities, while celebrating village specialties.
This activity is called ICVR, an abbreviation of: International Conference on Village Revitalization which in 2018 will run for the third times. Limited space is available for 40 Full Program participants and 60 Seminar Program participants. This activity which was initiated by Spedagi will be held at the location of Papringan Market Ngadiprono, a revitalization of bamboo forest (in Javanese language: papringan) under a creative approach.
Village: The Future of the World
Villages that possess great opportunity to become community of the future had long been neglected. Industrialization has made urban civilization dominates global life. Not only are the natural resources being sucked into the cities, but the occurrence of brain-drain from rural to urban has caused villages to suffer the loss of thinkers. As a result, the potential of village was undermined by the accumulated problems. Now is the time to save the future of the world, return to live and work in the village, along with the people to rejuvenate the rural area. Healthy villages will be a strong foundation for the sustainability of global life.
Spedagi is a movement that aims to revitalize the village, bringing the rural again finds its identity as a sustainable and independent community. Spedagi believes that now is the right time to re-think the rural as a place to live the future because it really has enormous potential to be developed into a comfortable living place, as well as a sustainable, independent community with a good social life. The redistribution of population from urban to rural areas is a necessity for realizing sustainable living on earth. Returning to the village does not mean going back to the past, because village now is the hope of the future of the world.
The realization of balanced rural and urban population that creates prosperous, sustainable self-sufficient village as the foundation for sustainability of global.
Initiate creative-inspirational programs to encourage young people to choose village as living and working place for now and in the future.
Mobilize external resources into rural area along with other stakeholders to support local people in solving rural problems and developing its potential.
In cooperation with relevant parties, create the models of prosperous, sustainable self-sufficient village as living laboratory of rural development and preservation.
Realize contextual education as the heart of village community.
What Is ICVR?
ICVR is an biennale international conference upon Village Revitalization. The activities include seminar, workshops, excursion, exhibition, and initiation of Pre-Conference Project (PPK) which is done in the conference location or elsewhere. ICVR is a forum of the activists, practitioners, thinkers, institutions related to the activity of Village Revitalization, including the young participants. This activity must be hold in the rural area and must involve local residents by applying the principles of: locality, creativity, simplicity, usability, and sustainability.
What Is The Aim Of ICVR?
- To initiate new projects and continue the running projects of Village Revitalization,
- To share experience and know-how with the Village Revitalization related parties,
- To gather the input, knowledge and experience related to Village Revitalization,
- To build both local and global network of Village Revitalization,
- To promote sustainable lifestyle through Village Revitalization activities,
- To make Village Revitalization a global movement.
ICVR#1 was held as a joint-conference with The 9th ICDS in March 2014 at Kandangan Village and Caruban Village, Temanggung Regency, Central Java Province, Indonesia. While ICVR#2 was held in August 2016 in Ato, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
ICVR #1, 2014
Kandangan Village, Temanggung Regency, Central Java Province, Indonesia
Pre-Conference Project ICVR#1, 2014-Present
Kandangan, Temanggung, Central Java Province, Indonesia
Spedagi Bamboo Bike
To facilitiate ICVR#1’s activities, Spedagi built several homestays in the village development sites. Spedagi homestays were designed by architects with design tailored to local potentials. In its development, Spedagi utilizes affordable and simple material, but has a unique design and in harmony with the surrounding nature. In addition to its function as a place to stay, Spedagi homestay also becomes the points of development of the surrounding communities. Spedagi Homestay becomes one of Spedagi rural architecture projects in which its proportion of revenues are used to fund Spedagi Village Revitalization projects.
ICVR #2, 2016
阿東町、山口市、山口県、日本 (Ato, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan)
Pre-Conference Project ICVR#2, 2016-Present
Ato, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
The Pasar Papringan market was launched in conjunction with Homecoming for the Upcoming (HCUC), a mini seminar ahead of ICVR by inviting ICVR alumni and new participants. Pasar Papringan is an effort of bamboo forest conservation by providing happiness and economic benefits to local residents through the promotion and sale of quality village products. This approach provides education that the village actually has many valuable assets, but by far has not been realized by the locals.
In May 2015, Spedagi participated in The 10th ICDS (The 10thInternational Conference on Design for Sustainability) in Yamaguchi, Japan. On the occasion, Spedagi visited Ato, a rural area with a well preserved nature and excellent infrastructure. Unfortunately, most of the local residents choose to live and work in the city, leaving most residents as old farmers. This situation happens in many of rural areas of Japan. Spedagi Village Revitalization movement attracted the attention of the citizens and the younger generation there, and then sparked the establishment of Spedagi Ato, the first international Spedagi. Furthermore, the 2nd ICVR was planned to be held in Ato, in 2016.
Bamboo has a long history in the rural life and is part of people’s life from time of birth to the end of their life. Although not being spoken of, in general, bamboo is considered as the symbol of poverty for the rural community.
Pasar Papringan is an effort to give added value of a bamboo forest by utilizing it into a market of local products without damaging the bamboo forest itself. People are expected to love bamboo forest if it provides economic benefits, becomes more visually beautiful, and serves them pride.
Unlike the market in general rural area, Pasar Papringan sells quality local products so that the value of the products becomes higher and the community can get greater economic benefits. The arrival of the buyers indirectly helped builds a self-confidence of local residents through quality products produced.
Since the end of 2016, Spedagi has been supervising the development of the 2nd Pasar Papringan along with Komunitas Mata Air and local residents of Ngadiprono Hamlet. This Pasar Papringan is called Pasar Papringan Ngadiprono.