Nerlian (Lian) Gogali

Organizing women and children for sustainable village development in Poso



Poso, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Affiliations & Roles

Founder & Chair, Mosintuwu Institute



Lian Gogali is the founder and chair of the Mosintuwu Institute, a grassroots community organization based in Poso District, Central Sulawesi. Since 2009, Lian has been actively organizing women in 80 villages through the Women's School and children through the Sophia Library. She also organizes communities in Poso utilizing village reformer schools, which serve as learning spaces between villagers to develop solidarity with nature and prosperity with roots in the village’s natural resources. The schools encourage villages to design sustainable community development plans guided by concepts of mitigation, adaptation, and climate justice.

Lian’s accomplishments include establishing a Women's and Children's Protection House team and establishing a volunteer-run community radio to uplift villagers’ voices. She also initiated the Mosintuwu Festival, a festival rooted in villages in Poso District. A Bachelor of Theology graduate from Duta Wacana Christian University, and Master of Culture Studies at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Lian actively conducts research and writes about socio-cultural and political-economic issues in the Poso Regency and Central Sulawesi. In 2019, she led the Poso Expedition, a biodiversity tracking trip in Poso District alongside geologists, archeologists, biologists, and anthropologists.

Over the next couple of years, Lian plans to cultivate groups of young people and women who are caring for a village without damaging the environment. Over subsequent years she wants to expand this model of prosperity to several other villages as well. She intends to do this in part by helping villages implement at home gardening practices, through knowledge that she gains in the Accelerator. 

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Lian Gogali  adalah pendiri dan ketua Institut Mosintuwu, sebuah organisasi masyarakat akar rumput yang berbasis di Kabupaten Poso, Sulawesi Tengah. Melalui Institut Mosintuwu,  sejak tahun 2009 Lian aktif mengorganisir kelompok perempuan di 80 desa ( melalui Sekolah Perempuan ), anak-anak ( melalui Perpustakaan Sophia) dan mengorganisir desa -desa melalui sekolah pembaharu desa ; mengisiasi Rumah Perlindungan Perempuan dan Anak, mendirikan Radio Komunitas, menginisiasi Festival Mosintuwu sebuah festival yang berakar pada desa-desa di Kabupaten Poso. 

Lulusan S1 Teologi Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, dan S2 Culture Studies Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta, Lian aktif melakukan penelitian dan menulis  isu sosial budaya dan ekonomi politik di wilayah Kabupaten Poso dan Sulawesi Tengah. Tahun 2019 Lian memimpin Ekspedisi Poso, sebuah perjalanan penelusuran keanekaragaman hayati di Kabupaten Poso bersama para ahli geologi, arkeologi, biologi, antropologi sebagai bagian dari kampanye dan advokasi lingkungan dan gerakan kebudayaan. 

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