On Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Tugu Kunstkring Paleis, School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) Dean Prof. Dr. Azhar Kasim presented his co-authored book “Merekonstruksi Indonesia : Sebuah Perjalanan Menuju Dynamic Governance” along with, Prof. Dr. Martani Huseini of University of Indonesia, Dr. Rozan Anwar of Daya Dimensi Indonesia and Prof. Dr. Neo Boon Siong from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The gathering was sponsored by the Yayasan Indonesia Lebih Baik (YILB). SGPP being the partner of YLBI. In this event, a former Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sarwono Kusumaatmadja and Bupati Belitung Timur Basuri T. Purnama were also invited guest speakers.
Dr. Rozan mentioned that the book was written in order to give government officials, managers, employees, and civil society positive angles and applied examples which started from local and regional wisdom. He hoped that the book could inspire all of them and other observers in improving, reforming and innovating their own organizations.
The founder of SGPP Agus Widjojo pointed out that the book proposed a pattern for establishing dynamic governance, beyond good governance, opening all windows from our perspective to take advantage of the potentials the work environment has made available to us. According to Agus Widjojo, achievements should be presented more to the public as examples and for improvement purposes. Best practices by public employees in central or local governments were expected to inspire and could raise spirit for other actors and observers. The book is expected to be good guidance for the public to improve all organizations in Indonesia.
The book was written based on Prof. Dr. Neo Boon Siong’s concept of dynamic governance in Singapore’s experiences which stresses the role of able people (thinking ahead, thinking again, and thinking across). The book includes many examples of changes in practice done by the Indonesian government and discusses the necessary processes for Indonesia to undergo cultural change through educational reform. The main focus of the book is to produce more able people and to foster dynamic governance.