Aditya Cakasana Janottama


A medical doctor, with interest in language and sustainable transportation

Location Surabaya, ID


  • Heritage (especially physical one) should not be too commoditized, or it could end itself due to overconsumption by tourists. We could see the example in some Thai islands that close itself to tourism due to too many tourist ending up ruining the environment

    But I agree that it should follow the economic logic, so that at least it can maintain itself,...

  • I came from Surabaya, a city famous for the battle defending our independence. Besides that, we have a (somewhat preserved) old city with several old buildings. If I could say, our biggest asset is our food

  • Public participation here is kind of poor, there are only a few chance of this, even then those who are coming is “selected” by the govts (by only disseminating information about such event in limited space). Thus, their opinion does not reflect what we actually wanted.

  • I’m a doctor and will always be a doctor, but I am one that put emphasize on how our environment could shape our state of health

  • The bus in our city does not accept cash payment at the very beginning. Only when people started to protest it the government softened its stance and open the cash payment option

  • I rarely write, but I read a lot. But, one thing that bothers me is that I lost a lot of my attention span since I exposed myself to computer and internet. Back then I can read 200 page of a book in 1 day, and finish books in just 4-5 days but nowadays it's so hard for me. I read a lot but on different topics, and most of the time it takes me pore than a month...

  • Currently I read a Brazilian book called "Minhas Paginas Matinais" or roughly translated as morning diary. The writer wrote her experience about life, and as the focus of the book, burnout syndrome. It is enticing as it also shows how her understanding of the world changed as the burnout (and its healing) progressed. A must read if you can speak Portuguese.

  • Yes, I still prefer the old way to read book (which is hard-copy one). But for research, of course internet is the way to go, and (by doing this so often) it destroyed our attention span. I don't know why but that's my observation

  • I think in my country, yes. We are still having this thing called inferiority complex, in which we always think that everything exported (or made abroad) is better than what we have

  • The earlier art is more realistic compared to the later works, perhaps because at first Australia was an uncharted territory and European needs to understand them more before being creative with it

  • The most common example is when people see a tube as circle from one side and a rectangular from the other side. Only those who see it from different angle will perceive it as a tube

  • Because everyone can look at epistemology from different point-of-view, so it is not wrong to have such differing views about "what is epistemology". It is up to our own to interpret epistemology, but surely it will be based on our previous experience or knowledge.

  • As someone who worked in medical field, there are times when we see human as only "patient". This is where I think I've been wrong, because each of us has so many sides to look at.

  • I am interested in language and political science, because both of them are fascinating to me, especially language one.

  • Because of course each of us should know better what it means to be human.

  • Agree, most of the times we live somewhere only because that's what we can afford. A lot of my friends are now still paying installments for their house, which is located 20-30km from their place of work. How could that be healthy, especially when there's no urban transport mode available

  • I have known about how living in a place with good public transportation makes you healthy (based on my own experience), but why this course is important is because it also teach you how to measure it, because measurement makes things easily digested by public, instead of a mere theory.

  • Volunteered data is not reliable, because every person has its own way of measuring stuffs. For example, (when it comes to transport) a place that is convenient to be visited by car is not always that convenient for thosewalking or using public transport, etc.

  • I'd like to measure the cycling infrastructure in my hometown and where I am currently resided, but unfortunately both of them are still poor

  • I'd rather comment on problem B, as problem A is still far from our reach here in a developing nation.

    The hinder is car usage, and priority. So the stakeholder that we need to approach is definitely the city administrative, and those who have the ability to invest on a bike-share scheme. Activities that could support this cause is the provision of...

  • In most major cities in Indonesia, the bike lane lost priority to car lane, even the police itself gave support to removing bike lanes. It's a disaster, but that's what it is.

  • The problem is in balancing the options and discussing it. Most of the time it ended up with no conclusion, and no step is taken (meaning that it's just stuck).

    Oh and also, there's another one that is crucial. It is when stakeholders are not realizing that they have a problem. That's what is happened in my city and other cities throughout the...

  • Same here, but the difference is that our city (Surabaya, ID) doesn't provide proper public transport for its citizen. Everything is handed over to market mechanism, meaning that only car (and motorcycle) producers and ride-hailing apps could reap profit, in expense of our quality of life

  • It's like a mobius strip. Something that never ends...

  • Political: (Lack of) political will of the government to provide public transport, (lack of) demand from inhabitants for public transport provision

    Economical: Low car tax, low fuel price

    Societal: "public transport is for the poor" stereotype, population growth

    Technological: Availability of electric-powered vehicle (being a consideration in the...

  • 1) Do you think that the current system supports your city´s competitiveness and attractiveness? Nope so far.

    2) What type of urban mobility decisions has been made in your city in order to strengthen this competitiveness and attractiveness? As of now we have a disintegrated public transport system (with various payment mechanism and disconnected routes)...

  • Hi! I'm Aditya, and I currently lead a public initiative to educate fellow citizens of Surabaya (Indonesia's 2nd largest city and metropolitan) about the importance of sustainable transport. Feel free to contact me if you need anything!

  • I want to continue develop my platform (social media) to reach and influence more people

  • I want everyone in my city to have access to public transport within walking range.

    My city will be a better place if my vision is materialized, because public transport access for everyone means equitable access towards jobs, healthcare, education, etc. It guarantees a better life for everyone either directly or indirectly.

  • Learnt about the golden rule in another course. It is definitely helpful

  • Why me? Maybe because I knew how things could change for a better future, but one thing that is important is that I already found people with the same passion and we are currently moving together towards our goal

  • It's always a combination when we talked about policy. The quantitative data is the backbone of your policy, while the qualitative data can help you narrate the policy, and communicate it better to people.

  • I think step 1 and 2 is where I can influence the most. Coincidentally both of them are steps that needs evidence & data the most.

  • For example, if my hypothesis is "provision of public and active transport will increase one's physical activity and hence, improving one's state of health", then what I do is looking for available research on that theme, and do a critical assessment on it.

    It is somewhat similar to what I did back then at the school/campus.

  • Without undermining the other seven, education, health, and environment-related issues are the most important for me because the three of them is core to our well-being.

  • The second one is the simplest and the one that (in my opinion) easiest to remember and to adhere with.

  • Mine is similar with the guy that talks about urban mobility. Even though I'm a doctor, I learned that a lot of our health problems (such as obesity and metabolic disease such as Diabetes type 2) could be solved by introducing a better mobility to everyone.

  • I hope by the end of this course I could really understand how policy is created, because I never learned it formally.

  • Hi! My name is Aditya and I'm an Indonesian. I worked as a medical doctor, but I also started a community for a better transportation in my hometown. I believe that transportation is an unseparated part of our daily living, hence improving it will subsequently improve our quality of life (which is the ultimate goal for us doctors).

  • Huge thanks to everyone in this course!

  • Follow-up from my previous plan at the first module, I'll still talk about Surabaya, my hometown which is the 2nd biggest city in Indonesia, inhabited by 3 mil inhabitants in the city proper area and >8 mnil inhabitants in the bigger metropolitan area.

    Analyzing further, it is very clear that our city's problem is that nobody care, and everybody think that...

  • My choice at the 5.3 is Bogota's BRT. Let's compare it to highway

    City design +1/-2
    Social equity +2/-2
    Environment 1/-2
    Economic +2/+1
    Well being +2/-1

  • BRT in Bogota could be translated really well to our city. We have an abundant of unused road space (especially in city centre where there are lots of one way road that is too wide because it was once a two-way road with tram) which should be managed better. BRT in additional with other measure such as wider space for pedestrian and bike lane should improve...