About a week ago, we had the amazing opportunity to listen to the year 13s sharing their ideas. This was the second TEDx conference I attended. For the first TEDx conference, the speakers were all adults who presented their ideas and experiences, but this time it was our fellow peers from year 13s. The talk that I found most interesting was about entrepreneurship by Philippe Pangestu. This was because I’m currently starting my own business with my friend. When I told my friends about my new business, not a lot of people believed in me saying it’s a waste of time. Even my mother told me it’s a waste of time saying I should be fully committed to studying. After hearing that so many times, I was actually thinking of quitting, but when I listened to Philippe’s talk, I was motivated again to continue starting my business.

Philippe mentioned that almost 95% of start-ups fail and 5% succeeds. The 5% succeeds because it is nurtured and unique. Also, when it comes to ideas it’s not about who does it first, but it’s about who does it better. Even if you come up with a brilliant idea, it’s probably been already taken by 100s of other people. In order to succeed in start-ups, you need to know the audience. The people are the ones that will be using the products and you need to fully understand them. How do they behave with certain things? Why would they want to use it?

What are the Areas of Knowledge?

Ethics, History, Maths, Arts, Natural Science, Human Science, Religious Knowledge Systems, Indigenous Knowledge Systems

As business requires to study the human behavior, Human Science would be one of the areas of knowledge. Human Science is the study of humanities and social sciences, but also includes psychology and even mathematics, as the key thing concerned is how we gather information in the study of human behavior.

Knowledge framework can be used to explore an individual area of knowledge and also make comparisons between areas of knowledge. The five parts to the framework are:

  • Scope and Applications
  • Key concepts and Language
  • Methodology
  • Key historical development
  • Links with personal knowledge

Philippe mentioned that he has already developed an application called “Vivere”, which is a social platform to connect older adults living independently who suffer from depression with others sharing similar profiles and interests in the same locale. He has started this project during his MIT workshop and by working together with his team, Vivere was launched. His team consisted of 5 students including him and they all had different specific jobs. As everyone in his team had different jobs, they also had different scopes. What are their aims? To what extent can this benefit the society? From the team, Philippe was in charge of marketing. He used his knowledge gained from school to make this application known to people in the area of Boston.

What are the Ways of Knowing?

Emotion, Faith, Memory, Reason, Language, Intuition, Imagination, Sense Perception

The two WOK Philippe used were Imagination and Memory.

Imagination: Don’t we always get brilliant ideas and find out it’s already been taken by someone else? Well trying to think of a unique idea every time will not be useful at all as it is really hard to. Instead of trying to think of a brand new idea, Philippe said “It’s not about who does it first, it’s about who does it better”. Let’s take Vivere (Philippe’s startup) as an example. Vivere isn’t a new “thing”. It’s been developed from a dating app called “Tinder”, but with its own unique style. Philippe had an imagination to do something about the issues about the older adults with depression, so he decided to do something about it. When people imagine something, it’s only in their mind. What gets business started is this imagination. Another real life example is Bill Gates. Bill Gates had an imagination to do something about billions of people not having access to clear water. This is why now he developed a new filtering system which allows contaminated water to become drinking water. My knowledge question would be to what extent can imagination create knowledge?

Reason: In Philippe’s presentation, he mentioned that pivots are as important as the idea. If a startup is successful, there’s always a reason behind it and pivots are a factor that is the success of the startup. When the first business model isn’t working, the team pivots to plan b. Pivots can allow to discover additional growth. Some examples of famous business are Starbucks, Nokia, Instagram and Pinterest. All of these companies’ initial business model didn’t work, so they ended up pivoting to the next model, which they all found success on.

The best part of this talk was that it motivated me to continue my startup. I have learnt a lot of things from this talk which I wasn’t aware of. I’m fascinated to see how there are so many ideas worth sharing. I really enjoyed this year’s TEDx talk and I hope to go to another if I’m given the opportunity!

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Nature of Knowledge?

For my second blog post, I’ve been told to reflect and compare the nature of knowledge in two different subjects.

1st Subject: Korean Language

I never got a proper Korean language education, so whenever I heard something new, I would speak repetitively and use it in the future so I can input it into my brain. Korean language is a fixed and a shared knowledge for me. Same as any other language, there is a structure which needs to be followed. It wouldn’t make sense if you don’t follow the sentence structure that everyone uses. These structure have been generated, validated, communicated, and applied by experts. From the time when the Korean language was founded, the language has changed dramatically. Nowadays, new popular words are being generated and because of the massive popularity, it’s being used more frequently.

2nd Subject: Maths

Maths is also a fixed and a shared knowledge. Everyone learns Maths by using textbooks and being taught by teachers. These textbooks are written by experts who studied Maths and the teachers teach us from their knowledge gained from textbooks and their teachers. Maths is based on facts and it wouldn’t make sense to argue against it. For instance, 1+1 = 2. Does anyone disagree with that? No. This is because we’ve been told that 1 + 1 = 2. Also in Maths, there is no freedom to found. You have to follow specific formulas to obtain the answer.

That’s it! I’ll see you on the next blog post.

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First Step

Welcome to my first blog post! To introduce myself, my name is Seung Hun Kim and I’ve been attending BSJ since I was in year 3. I am 16 years old and my nationality is South Korean. I was born in Indonesia and have been living here my whole life.

First impression of IB? My, oh,my. From the day of induction to this day, I still can’t believe what I’m about to go through. Despite the fact that it will get much harder, I am thankful to have the opportunity to get a world-renowned education. On the day of induction, I got to know what IB stands for. IB isn’t just a regular educational program. IB not only helps with academics but also to myself. What do I mean by that? Well, I believe that it will help me grow as a better person. My brother graduated from BSJ in 2013 and told me that IGCSE is nothing compared to IB. The amount of homework will increase and I will have less time to sleep. But at the end, it will be worth it. For the duration of IB, I’m going to have to sacrifice a lot of things but by doing the right thing, there will be a reward waiting for me.

During the Induction, I’ve familiarized myself with ATL which stands for Approaches To Learning. The 5 ATLs are communication, social, self-management, research and thinking. So what is the purpose of ATL? ATL helps students to develop the skills they need to enjoy learning. I know that I don’t possess all of the ATLs. Sometimes I have difficulties trying to communicate with other people, but I believe it’s not something to worry about. Since, it’s just the beginning, I still have time to improve.

What I’m going to do for CAS:


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What I’m looking forward to most in my CAS experience is to see the result of my work. From service, I want to see what difference I can make for the Sekolah Bisa kids. I would like to hopefully manage Sekolah Bisa and teach the kids how to play instruments. The Sekolah Bisa kids already do several activities such as football but I want to start something new. To be honeset, about two years ago, me and my friend already started a Sekolah Bisa band but because we weren’t the ones who suggested the idea and a teacher told us to do it, we didn’t really care much. Every time I think about the kids in the band, I feel disappointed in myself. But being disappointed about something that happened in the past won’t do any better. That is why with a new mindset, I’m going to start a new Sekolah Bisa band. I am also joining the eco-committee because I think that no one really knew what the eco-committee did last year and I want to change that. Our school should be recognized as an eco school but not a lot of students care about the environment. This is why I already have some ideas on how to change the perspective of the students in BSJ about our school and more about the environment too.

Being only less than two years away from graduating, I’ve been thinking about what I want to do in the future. My life achievement would be to start and manage my own business. Not anyone can start their own business because it’s hard in a million ways. Because I really like music, it would be great if my business was related to music. Everyone has a mindset when someone wants to start their own business in the future, they should be studying business for IB, but I believe studying Economics is much better as it studies the behavior of the world.

Before I graduate, I would like to be a role model and a leader because I haven’t done any spectacular leadership roles. But I think it’s never too late and that’s why I would like to be the house leader for Krakatoa this year. I believe that being a house leader is not about being physically fit. It’s all about the passion and the responsibility an individual has.

Lastly, I would like to talk about what I’ve done during the holiday. My summer holiday started on 10th of June and I didn’t want to waste a single day so I decided to make a short film talking about the importance of being different. The video is called “Just Be Different” which tells the message through the mindset of a BSJ student.

Link of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tvSs68lHwA