FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
Several years ago, a 13-year-old boy committed suicide by hanging himself after schoolmates made fun of him for being poor. The story shocked the society where the gap between the poor and rich is not as big as other countries. Still he took his own life as a result of both his condition and the kind of public image imposed on him by his peers. The indigenous peoples in Malaysia are mainly poor. That is their condition which is caused mainly by rights deprivation. But as far as their image is concerned they are rich in so many ways. They have formed a very unique relationship with the natural environment, developing a wealth of knowledge in the process, which could be shared with the mainstream society. All they need is an effective means to tell their story. Their stories will have financial value when packaged and branded right. It took several years later before I dared to leave my job as a working journalist to commit myself into building this project with them. But then again, I decided no time is the right time to do it.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
The IPPC is now serving as an information base for 51 indigenous peoples community-based organisations in Malaysia. It has given the platform for all the CIJ trained indigenous youths to send their works and be recognised. The general public have access to indigenous peoples stories through the Daily Express column. And the IPPC is now seen also as a centre for young indigenous peoples to explore new ideas especially in digital content development. A documentary video on the microhydro project has been produced. More to come soon. The IPPC also establish links with other non-indigenous community members through a weekly get-together at the IPPC office called 'The Link'. The weekly get-together is filled with a specific programme such as a short talk on renewable energy, craft-making etc.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
I hope to see more programmes that empower indigenous communities being developed under this initiative. I could foresee the portal generating a huge traffic not only from among the 300 million indigenous peoples in the world but also the general population. This will happen because they want to be part of this exciting online development because it contains 'Everything Indigenous' stuffs from stories, visuals, online shopping, forums etc. It is replicable because anyone can make a website. They should. And get connected with the IPPC big family. With such momentum going, I can't imagine what will come out of it. But certainly, the whole indigenous peoples movement will be a powerful force as compared to what they are now, minority and marginalised. An indigenous peoples airline? Why not.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
IPPC news portal up and running
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IPPC news portal starts to take in creative contents developed by innovative young indigenous minds