– Hosted at Conclave Wijaya
part of a series on Serendipity
About the speaker
Maesy Ang works on social development, runs an independent bookshop and publisher called POST, occasionally writes stories, and reads as much as she can in between.
For the past 10 years, Maesy has been working on research, innovation, and partnerships that hopefully lead to better lives for poor and marginalized communities. She has worked in Indonesia, Timor Leste, India, and the Netherlands, published research papers internationally, and shared her work in forums such as Design Public Conclave, Social Innovation Exchange, and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Women Employment Forum.
She spends evenings and weekends running POST, an independent bookshop in Pasar Santa, Jakarta. POST champions independent publishers and its short life of nearly 3 years have done over 100 collaborations to bring readers and writers together. The bookshop’s publishing arm, POST Press, started in late 2016 and will soon publish its second title. Maesy and her husband published a travel memoir in 2014 and are currently finishing their second book together, a novella about family and growing apart. She reads every day to stay sane and shares books she loves on Instagram as @maesy_ang.
lingkaran is an educational community for creatives to develop skill and interest through knowledge sharing. We design non-formal learning experience focusing in personal development, creative skills, and entrepreneurship to help you respond the challenges of modern society.
The idea behind Conclave is simple: we want to build a place where independent creative entrepreneurs and professionals can gather, communicate and support one another. Jakarta is buzzing with creative energy but the lack of infrastructure often gets in the way. That’s where we come in.
Rubrik Indonesia is a company that cares for Indonesia’s human capital development. Founded in 2015, we believe that books must be in the center of our nation’s lifestyle. We embarked on our voyage by creating an online library platform where fellow Indonesians can access and rent books that they like, with genre’s ranging from Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Children Books.
Emer photography consists of a couple who really-really love to capture a picture. But we are not photographer, please call us moment hunters. As what we capture is not a picture but a moment, a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. Barnards once said because a picture worth ten thousand words, but we believe more than that, because a moment tells a thousand stories.
Maesy on Serendipity:
Describing serendipity, those happy accidents that lead to life-changing discoveries, is like describing the feeling of falling in love. It is always personal, heartfelt, and make sense only when told as a story. I’d like to share three stories that are close to my heart: an independent bookshop born in a traditional market in Jakarta; an art-project turned into a collective of action heroes addressing street sexual harassment in India; and a daydreaming collaboration between a granddaughter and her grandmother. Through those stories, I hope to spark a conversation on recognizing and embracing serendipity.