Civic Engagement 4.0

Justice ~ Dignity ~ Sustainability

A regional platform for mutual learning, action and advocacy, working toward achieving dignity, justice and sustainability in Southeast Asian (SEA) society.


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Civic Engagement 4.0 (Four Point Zero) Dignity ~ Justice ~ Sustainability (Civic Engagement 4.0) is a project in the course of which participants from different sectors can share, discuss, and develop ideas and plans to achieve dignity, justice, and sustainability in Southeast Asia in the era of urbanization and technological advancement. Justice and dignity need to be championed as core values in pursuit of sustainability. This is because sustainability cannot be achieved in economic terms alone; environmental, socio-cultural, and spiritual aspects are equally essential. In a sustainable society, everyone should enjoy their life while being equally and mutually respected as humans.

Civic Engagement 4.0 will begin with a launching event in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java, Indonesia (2019 International Forum in Solo) on August 20 to 23, 2019. The 2019 International Forum in Solo is a public event, comprised of an opening ceremony, the Public Forum, the Mayors’ Symposium, an eco-cycling tour, an art exhibition, and thematic field visits (by invitation only). Approximately 250 participants, including academics and students, NGO activists, government officials, and general public, are expected from ASEAN as well as its partners such as Australia, Canada, Japan and United States.

Urban Focus

More than 50 percent of the world’s population live in urban spaces; this figure is expected to grow to more than 60 percent by 2030. As such, the benefits of city life, as well as its challenges—from poverty and inequality to climate-related disasters and the complex consequences of migration—are hyper-realized in urban areas. This reality must be urgently confronted with innovative and practical solutions in Southeast Asia. The 2019 International Forum in Solo invites several progressive city mayors from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan to present their experiences and efforts in working towards a dignified, just, and sustainable society. Participants from the civil society will have the opportunity to exchange with the mayors directly to build upon common approaches and plan follow-up actions.

“Four Point Zero”

Civic Engagement 4.0 alludes to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is triggering “a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another” (Klaus 2016). Citizens can make use of new digital technologies to become more active and engage in meaningful participation to work towards a dignified, just, and sustainable society. Civic Engagement 4.0, however, does not single-mindedly celebrate or promote the benefits of technology, but rather challenges to contemplate and articulate how core values such as dignity and justice can be enabled and how the promises of sustainability can be fulfilled in the era of technology. The 2019 International Forum in Solo encourages participants to analyze both the potential and dangers of new forms of technologies, while making use of digital activism and virtual collaboration.


The Sunan Hotel
Solo, Central Java, Indonesia

The Sunan Hotel

Solo, Central Java, Indonesia

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Schedule Overview

August 19, 2019

Arrival of Speakers and Invited Participants
at The Sunan Hotel

August 20, 2019

Thematic Site Visits
Meeting of Conveners
Art Exhibition Opening
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
Cultural Performance and Dinner
at Loji Gandrung

August 21, 2019

Public Forum
Opening Plenary
Civic Engagement 4.0: Creating an Innovative Platform
Keynote Speeches
Youth Leadership toward People-Centered Society
Civic Engagement 4.0: Overview
Building on: from Yogya and Bangkok to Solo
Parallel Session I
Parallel Session II
Building Linkages with Strategic Partners

August 22, 2019

Mayors’ Symposium
at The Sunan Hotel
Co-Designing Sustainable, Just and Smart Urban Living
Roundtable: Mayors’ Innovation Pitch
Mayors from Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia
Press Conference with City Mayors
Mayors’ Interface with Civil Society (Part I)
Inclusive and Sustainable City
Mayors’ Interface with Civil Society (Part II)
Faith and Human Dignity in the City
Mayors’ Symposium Synthesis
Solo Forum Wrap Up
Civic Engagement 4.0: A Call for Action
Closing Ceremony

August 23, 2019

Solo Community Cycling Visit with the Mayor of Surakarta