Calling for Indonesian Participants to Join the Osaka University’s Cross-Boundary Exchange for Social Innovation

Application deadline: 15th November 2020 by 10PM (GMT+8)

Program Overview  


Osaka University and Earth Company invite exceptional Indonesian change-makers to an invaluable, intensive experience to learn from social entrepreneurs from Bali and Japan, develop cross-boundary solutions to global and local challenges, and forge friendships beyond borders. 

Designed as a six-day virtual workshop in Feb 2021, the program features guest speakers engaged in socio-environmental issues in Bali and Japan and encourages participants to formulate social innovation and sustainability strategies through reflections, group work, and presentations. All participants are also expected to share and develop their own personal projects that they are currently working on.

Cross-Boundary Exchange-min



  • 10-12 PhD candidates participating in Osaka University CBI Program
  • 8 exceptional Indonesian participants – you will be applying to this select group




All sessions will be delivered on zoom (or other online platforms) 


WHEN –  All times in WITA (GMT+8)


Day 1: 20 Feb 9:00am – 3:00pm
Day 2: 21 Feb 9:00am – 3:00pm
Day 3: 22 Feb 9:00am – 3:00pm
Day 4: 23 Feb 9:00am – 3:00pm
Day 5: 24 Feb 9:00am – 3:00pm
Day 6: 25 Feb 9:00am – 4:00pm




Participant fee is FREE as the program is fully covered by Osaka University 




  • Age 22 – 35 years old at the time of application 
  • Currently engaged in social and environmental issues through work, personal projects, or academic research. Examples of topics include but not limited to: agriculture, poverty, waste, gender, welfare.


Skills & Experiences
  • Professional and academic experiences in tackling social and environmental issues 
  • English proficiency: excellent reading, writing, and speaking 


  • Commitment to join the program in its entirety from beginning to end 
  • Willing to actively participate in the intensive program 
  • Prepare basic IT equipment like laptop and ensure strong, stable internet connection in order to effectively participate in the online program




  • Complete application form.
  • Note: As part of the application form, applicants are expected to submit a short-video (max 1-minute) explaining ‘why you are the strongest applicant?’. 



Cross-Boundary Innovation Program, Osaka University

Osaka University is a national university located in Osaka, ranked among the top five higher education institutions in Japan. The university has established the Cross-Boundary Innovation Program (CBI) in 2012 with an aim to cultivate individuals with the creative and strategic skills and competencies needed to deal with diverse values and ­fields.




Earth Company 

Based in Indonesia and Japan, Earth Company is an impact-driven social enterprise that offers transformational support to change-makers, delivers inspiring educational programs, provides professional consulting services, and manages a next generation eco hotel in Ubud, Bali called Mana Earthly Paradise.




Bumi Sehat Foundation

Founded in 1995, Bumi Sehat operates three clinics engaged in community health,  education, and childbirth in Indonesia. At the clinics, Bumi Sehat offers a comprehensive range of allopathic and holistic medicine, as well as pre and post-natal care, breastfeeding support, infant, child and family health services, nutritional education, prenatal yoga and gentle, loving natural birth services free of charge. 


Five Pillar Experiences 

Founded by a young Balinese entrepreneur, Five Pillar Experiences is a social enterprise that develops community-led tours as a way to generate income for local villages in rural Bali promoting the five pillars of economic, social, environment, educational, and cultural assets while raising international awareness around local Balinese values. 


Bali Life Foundation 

Bali Life Foundation saves children in Bali from a life of poverty. It’s a small charity with a big heart. Bali Life provides love and care to those in Bali who are disillusioned and disadvantaged, with the aim of giving them hope, dignity and purpose. They do this by running various projects, a children’s home, a street kids project, a women’s center, a sustainability project and an education project. 


Stop Project

STOP Project uses a “system enabler” approach in which a team of experts in waste management, plastic recycling, organics management, behavior change, and program governance help a city design and then implement a low-cost waste management system in which all households and institutions benefit from collection, and plastics are kept out of the environment.  



Founded in 2007, Recotech Inc. is a waste management consulting company in Japan.  Recotech advises companies and governments in waste management solutions, sells environmental management products and services, and develops IT solutions using blockchain and apps. Recotech recently launched a mobile app called GOMiCo that maps waste generation and management. Check more about this organization here.


Habataku Inc.

Habataku Inc. is a company for education and HR training, established by ex-IBM Business consultants. Besides the education field, Habataku has been engaged in the regional revitalization in Akita, Japan. Habataku has been trying to transform Akita, the population of which is rapidly decreasing and aging, into a more sustainable community by connecting people and re-designing learning and living environments for people of various ages.


PKP Community Center

PKP Community Center (formerly known as KIM Women’s Centre) has an overall goal to facilitate female empowerment and gender equality to Balinese women and girls in the local area. PKP Community Center empowers women by facilitating job skills training and support programs like cooking and English class. But most importantly, the women’s center provides a safe haven for divorced women who are generally highly stigmatized and ostracized in the community. Also, job training helps families who feel stressed due to financial difficulties. 


Suwung Community 

Bali does not have a waste processing plant. Inevitably, much of the trash that has been generated here for the past 40 years are said to have ended up here. There are extremely impoverished slum communities beside the waste dump making a living by collecting waste. Bali Life Foundation runs an informal school and playground for children that do not have the opportunity to attend school, as well as skill-based courses for women living near the site. The dumpsite area is approximately 32 hectares in total, of which 22 hectares will be covered with soil for future ecopark (scheduled to open in October 2019), and 10 hectares will be left uncovered for waste-to-energy facilities. 


 Kelecung Village 

In September 2015 the village embarked on new efforts to improve the lives of all its residents. The Tourism Village Program, which was launched to attract visitors, offers a chance to see first-hand how life in the real Bali is, to allow visitors to be immersed in the lives and the culture of the local residents and to improve the quality of life for all villagers socially and economically. At the same time local leaders within the village began to launch environmental improvement plans that consisted of green initiatives. During a 2018 visit to this village by some of our founders, they were captivated by the efforts of a few locals trying to make a sustainable change and believed they could assist with their current and future efforts. 





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