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  • Think Small

    Jun 26, 2012 | Hits: 690

    David Skilling Across the developed world, countries are facing a series of structural challenges associated with a disruptively changing global environment.  In response, governments are seeking to develop policies to restore competitiveness, to return to fiscal sustainability, and to redefine the social compact.  Singapore too is facing a series of challenges, such as the need…..

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  • Living Graciously in Singapore

    Jun 25, 2012 | Hits: 2705

    Braema Mathiaparanam I would like to first try and define graciousness, even though it is not so easy to find clear definitions. Interestingly, the concept of graciousness has also undergone some metamorphosis. According to the Merriam-Webster English Dictionary, the Middle English concept of graciousness in the 14th century was akin to “godliness” in an era…..

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  • Personal Experiences Navigating Diversity

    Jun 25, 2012 | Hits: 903

    Aaron Maniam I am Singaporean, with a half-Indian, half-Eurasian father; a half-Pakistani, half-Malay mother. Dad converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism, so each year my brothers and I celebrate both Hari Raya and Christmas with different parts of our family. Cousins, aunts and uncles have also married outside their ethnicity and faith — their spouses…..

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  • Towards a New Social Compact

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 780

    Singapore’s provision of social services has worked well for its people thus far but is failing to keep up with societal changes, including meeting the needs of a growing middle class, panellists at the Singapore Perspectives 2012 held by the Institute of Policy Studies shared. Dr Aline Wong, former Minister of State for Heath and…..

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  • Rethinking Singapore’s Social Compact

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 1288

    After both a cataclysmic economic crisis and a watershed general election, Singapore stands at a cusp of forging a new social compact. By Yeoh Lam Keong, Donald Low, and Manu Bhaskaran – Singapore’s current social compact, founded on the principles of self-reliance, high growth, full employment and a social security system which emphasizes individual savings and home ownership,…..

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  • Including the Disadvantaged in A Meritocratic Singapore

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 952

    By Denise Phua. – The path of forging a more inclusive Singapore is one of no return. As expectations rise in an increasingly progressive and affluent Singapore, the voices of different interest groups will only grow louder. When I shared on Facebook that I would be speaking at this seminar, a passionate animal rights advocate reminded…..

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  • The Future of Singapore as a Global City and its Socio-economic Implications

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 890

    By Nizam Idris Singapore is increasingly facing the direct opposite of the “oil curse” or the Dutch Disease that afflicts resource-rich countries. The “oil curse” basically led to the over-dependence on natural resources for growth and the neglect of human and other productive resources in the country with rich natural endowment. Singapore, on the other hand,…..

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  • Trust and Let Go

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 728

    By Philip Jeyaretnam I wanted just to identify something which holds us back, which holds Singapore back. I identify this as a triangle of suspicion… The dynamic starts like this: when you people of different backgrounds coming together and living in close proximity, there is a strong tendency to fear your neighbours. The different smells, the…..

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  • I… Singaporean

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 867

    By T Sasitharan But what does it really mean to be a global city? Surely it must mean more than vaulting towers and palaces, more than worldly power and influence and more than wealth and material gain. More surely, than being the undisputed location of choice for the next Bollywood or Hollywood blockbuster or F1 Grand…..

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  • Living Graciously in Singapore

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 864

    By Braema Mathiaparanam As we went into the nation-building phase, with the ruling party taking over much of the decision-making and implementation for the betterment of the people of Singapore, it is my view that much of this early community-spiritedness gave way to an economic pragmatism. This meant that most people were focused on singular…..

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