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To support women empowerment, youth employment, as well as growing of inclusive enterprises by people with disabilities and marginalised groups, the British Council established a multi-year programme called Developing Inclusive Creative Economy (DICE).

Through supporting the development of creative and social enterprises, DICE seeks to support the progress on the Sustainable Development Goals by addressing two critical issues:

1. Rising unemployment, underemployment, and poor quality employment prospects for young people in emerging economies

2. The lack of inclusive growth in emerging economies which is translating into instability, political disaffection and affecting growth

As one of the countries with emerging economy, this year, our team is working with Creative Hubs based in Surabaya.

With the strong spirit of collectivism in Indonesia, organisations and communities in Surabaya are closely linked to the wider ecosystem throughout the country. We aim to work with local organisations and government to put Surabaya on the map of Indonesia’s creative economy, by increasing their international work with UK organisations, and implementing national-level projects in Surabaya, drawing people into the city. Surabaya’s agreement with Liverpool as sister-city also offers a range of opportunities to scale up DICE programmes.

Here are three of the Surabaya based Creative Hubs selected as receiver of our DICE grants.  


SUBstitute is an inclusive maker-space based in Surabaya which aims to provide a safe space for marginalised communities and empower them with creative skills and business development to support the growth of creative economy and enterprises in the city. The organisation also aims to raise the awareness of inclusivity for creative organisations in Surabaya to ensure the participation of creative people from various different backgrounds.

SUBstitute see that there’s a lack of inclusive creative economic development in Surabaya that someday could bring economical instability, centralized development and reduced economic growth. They see that the city need more people comes from diverse background to join as a subject of economic development.

SUBstitute wants to create maker movement that has many purposes, including to generate social impact, offering access, knowledge exchange and life skills locally; to engage in urban or global change, through global networks and knowledge exchange, active citizenship; and finally we approve that bringing people together has great potential for public participation giving opportunities to kids and the unemployed, and upward mobility.

C2O Library & Collabtive

C2O Library & Collabtive is an independent library and coworking community space. Founded initially in response to the problem of inadequate, fragmented information & library system and infrastructure in Indonesia, C2O mission is create a shared, nurturing space, building tools and resources for humans (and non-humans) to learn, work, and interact with diverse communities and surrounding environment—in other words, with the world around us—for a more sustainable, emancipatory future.

C2O in collaboration with Re-dock, will lead a creation of booklet and a kit, which can be a basic, accessible guide for those interested in the creative industry, especially young people and their instructors. Building better understanding of youth employability in the creative industry that is inclusive, contextual and usable is the main objective of this project, given the high rate of un(der)employment among graduates of campuses (5.89% in 2018) and vocational schools (11.24%) in Indonesia. Yet it is hoped that these booklets and kits can also be used by various individuals and organizations (governments, educational institutions, and businesses) to demystify the term creativity and the related creative industries, as well as their various potentials and risks.

Surabaya Creative Network (SCN)

Surabaya Creative Network (SCN) is an organisation that accommodates creative communities based in Surabaya. Initiated in 2015, the organisation has a vision to become the centre for work and mediation between society, creative community and Surabaya city government. Members of this creative community consists of various elements of society ranging from common people, associations, practitioners, professionals, academics and creative industries in Surabaya.

SCN will lead a programme aiming to strengthen the institutional capacity of each economic players in Surabaya - especially the Penta-helix elements - through discussions, seminars, and workshops in order to build a city with a creative ecosystem. SCN planned to synergize and collaborate among elements, namely universities, businesses, communities, local governments, and media to embody a conducive creative industry ecosystem through a series of Focus Group Discussions.

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