One familiar value of Indonesian culture, 'humility' is usually misinterpreted as one's tendency to accept whatever concepts and indoctrination given from the authority without questioning the validity, quality and efficacy of such inputs. Meanwhile, the ability to think critically, independently and open-mindedly is the prerequisite to nourish perpetual search for knowledge, skill improvement, research development, innovation growth and entrepreneurship through collaboration. Those elements have been repetitively proven as the magic cocktail to grow most countries towards prosperity, for example: Germany, Singapore, South Korea, and The Nordics. Inability to comprehend the real value of education as the mean to improving the quality of oneself and his/her surroundings, i.e. family and extended community, might also contribute to the low drive of internal motivation to pursue higher education and practice long-life learning. As the consequences, the quality of Indonesian human resources is poor, innovation growth is slow, and the practices of corruption, collusion and nepotism as the 'shortcut to success' are widespread and deeply rooted in many institutional and business culture in Indonesia. I think we all might agree that such misdemeanours and unproductive culture need to be revised with above-mentioned better qualities in order to improve the lives of Indonesian people socio-economically. Otherwise, the rapid revolution of so-called 'technology 4.0' would not be compatible with the lagging operating system of the 'human mind 1.0'.
I would like to open a discussion on how to 'hack' Indonesian people's mindset and culture to be more critical in thinking, open-minded towards learning, and being able to grasp the real value of education. The premise is by 'hacking' the root factors, both on individual and cultural levels, we can achieve prolonged and sustainable positive changes plus resilience. Please feel free to share your thoughts :)