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Man of ideas: Ben Soebiakto, born at perfect time

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, October 29, 2019  /  04:55 pm
Man of ideas: Ben Soebiakto, born at perfect time

Ben Soebiakto (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

Since its first appearance in 2011, the number of renowned figures delivering compelling speeches and sharing knowledge with future creative individuals has steadily increased. The current phenomenon where creative minds as young as 15 years old can start a movement against child exploitation and trafficking like Faye Simanjuntak back in 2017 or Rich Brian, now 20, who had gathered loyal followers to his YouTube channel when he was still 11, long before releasing the phenomenal “Dat $tick” in 2016 that made him the globally acclaimed rapper he is today, was beyond anyone’s imagination some 20 years ago. “Young people today have more privileges in life than the people of my generation, when they can learn not only in school, in the conservative way,” Ben Soebiakto, co-founder of IdeaFest, the largest of Indonesia’s creative festivals, told The Jak...