Exotic Locale for 2012 AMAG29 Sep 12
Beautiful, exotic Bali, one of the 30,000 islands in the Republic of Indonesia, hosted the second Asian Mensas Annual Gathering (AMAG) 21-23 September. More than 150 Mensans from 20 countries gathered to meet and enjoy smart company in this colorful environment, listen to LEAP presentations by the five 2012 participants, and to learn about "Global Brains for the Poor," Dr. Bayu Prawira Hie's convention topic. To keep everyone thoroughly entertained, there were various games, Balinese dance lessons, Malaysian and Japanese puzzles, Bali history and art lectures, as well as tours of Ubud, Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Dreamland, Kuta, and more. In-depth descriptions of AMAG and especially Dr. Bayu's day-long exploration of how to help poor people achieve their intellectual potential and thereby change their economic circumstances can be found in the December issue of the International Journal and in American Mensa's Bulletin (November/December). Other national Mensas will be publishing travel articles from their members also. The third AMAG will take place in Singapore. Kudos and congratulations to Sahat Simarmata, chair of Mensa Indonesia, Dr. Bayu, and the hard-working AMAG committee. This event was fantastic!