The US outreach efforts in Indonesia seek to reach out to the community in new and innovative ways. With the heavily urbanized nature of Jakarta, US public diplomacy efforts includes a location within a central business district mall to respond to Indonesia's mall culture.
This week, USAID hosted an event at @america to announce winners of a photo contest from various USAID activities. It was also an opportunity to showcase the work of USAID in a public forum. The Mission Director hosted the event and even included public media in attendance. It was a good first event, and hopefully we can continue to improve upon and host future events in the future.
@america holds multiple events every day. They commonly have embassy staff as speakers on various topics throughout the week to present to school groups. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of middle-schoolers about my hometown, a little bit about myself and education, and about the work of USAID. It was a great experience and I'm hoping to find the time to do it again in the future.