Suyatno Hadiatmojo

Ashoka Fellow
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2010


This profile was prepared when Suyatno Hadiatmojo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The New Idea
Using social and environmental causes as well as local traditions to bring people together, Suyatno has started an interfaith movement among people of different religious backgrounds. Through the forum he co-founded, People of Faith Fellowship Forum (Forum Persaudaraan Umat Beragama—FPUB), Suyatno offers citizens opportunities to demonstrate their religious values through non-divisive channels, particularly by serving their surrounding communities. Examples of service include interfaith village discussions, senior citizen visits, village gatherings, and community projects. Suyatno’s efforts aim to bridge religious divides and reduce the conflict plaguing so many of Indonesia’s communities.

Suyatno’s movement is markedly different from past interfaith attempts, in that he has been careful not to market it as an effort to bridge religious divisions. Instead, FPUB organizes “social and cultural revitalization events.” FPUB has inspired similar programs across the world and has facilitated the formation of interfaith forums in several areas in Central Java, Yogyakarta, Palembang, Medan, Lampung, and Aceh. Religious followers, journalists, and prominent religious leaders from more than 30 countries across Asia, Europe, America, and Australia have visited FPUB.
The Problem
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The Person

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