By Pratiwi Sumiar
Who is a pioneer? A pioneer is a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area, to develop or be the first to use or apply a new method, area of knowledge, or activity . But, who is the pioneer? In Netherlands, it could be anyone, it could be everyone. From a college student to a remarkable nobel-prize scientist. From a street performer to a legendary painter. How could? Because here, in this country, anyone could be the first. Because everyone is allowed to explore everything, to express anything in any form of activity.This culture of freedom has sucessfully brought Netherland as one of the most creative country in the world. It ranked 10th based on A study released by Martin Prosperity Institute on 2011. Each country is given a Global Creativity Index (GCI) which one of the criteria is how open are they to new ideas . The ‘dam’ is a classic example on how the dutch is being absolutely open to new idea of creating a land under sea level. No one before could ever imagine to really live “under the sea”. Geniuses like Rembrandt and Van Gogh transformed the world around them. Today’s masters are icons like fashion designers Viktor & Rolf, architect Rem Koolhaas, designers Marcel Wanders and Adriaan van Hooydonk, Miffy illustrator Dick Bruna and DJ Armin van Buuren . Even college students can be a pioneer to solve the most basic ‘problem’ of human kind which is to find a toilet to pee. Business student from VU University Amsterdam created a smartphone application called HogeNood to locate the nearest toilet around you .