Urban Social Forum 2015 was held on 19 December 2015 in Surabaya and was organized by Yayasan Kota Kita which is based in Karangasem, Surakarta. This forum is the third events since it was first held in 2013 and the second in 2014. USF 2013 in Solo had successfully gathered 120 participants and 20 NGOs from 10 cities in Indonesia. USF 2014 had an increased in participant to 300 participants with speakers from 105 institutions and 20 cities. The forum has gained popularity since Civil Society Organizations started to be aware of the need to express their ideas and to collaborate with other organizations that also concern with urban issues.

The 3rd Urban Social Forum was aimed to find answers and solutions to urban issues in Indonesian cities such as traffic, polluted river, housing issues, natural disaster and other problems. Despite the issues, the participants were reminded that city could be the vessel for diversity development, spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity that could be one of the tools to finding the solutions and answers to urban issues.

This event was held in University of 17 August 1945 (UNTAG), Surabaya. The theme of the forum was “Is Another City Possible?” which reflect the optimism of the possibility of new cities in term of another way to govern, to manage, and to design in order to make our cities better cities.

The discussions were divided into two plenary sessions and 19 parallel sessions which were grouped into three time slots. The speakers came from various institutions starting from university students, NGOs, Municipal Government to The Mayor of the City of Surabaya, Mrs Tri Rismaharini. The panel discussions covered wide range of urban issues related to inclusivity, transportations, trash, urban economy, resilience, human rights, IT and communication networks and other related issues. In between sessions, the participants were also entertained with traditional performance from the locals.

List of Panels:

A. Plenary Session: Another City is Possible

B. Parallel Sessions:

  1. City with Social Justice: Inclusivity and Poverty Reduction.
  2. Dealing with Housing Issues in Cities in Indonesia.
  3. ‘Throw Out the Trash’: Alternative and Innovation on City’s Trash Management.
  4. Finding Ways to Promote Non-motorized Vehicles di Cities in Indonesia.
  5. City as Space for Growth: Towards Child Friendly City.
  6. Cultural Heritage Preservation in Modern Cities in Indonesia.
  7. Sweet Promises on Providing Mass Public Transportation in Indonesia and How to React to It.
  8. City and Creative Economy Development: Understanding Market and Community-based Economy.
  9. Understanding the Existence of Green Open Space and Its Meaning to the City.
  10. Community-based Approach in Building Resistance to Climate Change.
  11. Youth and the Cities: Future Generation Act Now.
  12. Human Right’ Cities: Towards Inclusive and Humane City.
  13. SymbioCity – A Preservation Program by Sweden.
  14. Making Another City Possible: Participatory Budgeting.
  15. Connectivity, Technology and City that is Built by Ideas.
  16. Finding Alternative Solution to Settlement Handling in River Bank Areas in Indonesia.
  17. Encouraging Literacy in the City.
  18. Cultural Social Movement as Comprehending Urban Issues.
  19. Urbanization in East Indonesia.

C. Wrap-up Panel: Reflection and Perspective: The New Global Agenda and Habitat III

For more information, visit www.urbansocialforum.or.id