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  • Being Responsible Stewards of the Environment in Singapore

    By: IPS Editor | Mar 18, 2016 | Hits: 1994

    In Singapore, the state of our environmental stewardship can be discerned occasionally by fresh perspectives from other countries. A colleague from New Zealand was shocked that the use of plastics prevails in many aspects of our daily lives. She gave examples which included drinks in plastic cups, sealed with plastic and placed in plastic bags,…..

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  • A Living City

    By: IPS Editor | Feb 24, 2016 | Hits: 1466

    I am not a licensed architect, at least not yet. I am a Singaporean, making observations as both a budding designer and a young adult. The intention was for me to pen my thoughts on the future of city living in Singapore. I believe that to start envisioning the future, we have to first evaluate…..

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  • A Vision for Transportation

    By: IPS Editor | Feb 01, 2016 | Hits: 1439

    Singapore’s transport system has evolved over the past 50 years to become one of the world’s leading exemplars. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system and an extensive bus network forms the backbone of our public transport system while we have taken a pioneering approach to managing the private vehicle population and road traffic.     The…..

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  • Technologies of Collaboration

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 15, 2016 | Hits: 1257

    Prelude Imagine it’s cold outside and you’re holding on to a bushel of potatoes, the last of the food staples you possess. There is a ring of people you don’t know gathered around a campfire, and you need their help to pass on the potatoes. If they help you, you can get them to a…..

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  • The Future of Dialogue

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 12, 2016 | Hits: 1419

    I’m a self-professed computer geek. I started my first website in 1995 (I used to “blog” before the term existed), and developed my first interactive commenting feature in 1996. Back then, I was filled with hopefulness for the future of the Internet. I imagined that the future of online dialogue would be some sort of…..

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  • Five Hunches About the Future of Public Policy Design

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 08, 2016 | Hits: 4723

    In the last five years, there have been numerous interesting developments in the public sector innovation space. In Singapore, public policymaking and services have traditionally been the domain of a small number of elite technocrats. As in other countries, the more strategic the policy, the smaller that number of technocrats involved. However, as digital and…..

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  • How We Will Govern Ourselves in Future

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 04, 2016 | Hits: 1284

    By 2065, I hope that Singaporeans will be able to differentiate between governance and government. This distinction has great consequences for how we think about the roles of government, the market, community, society and individual citizens. In the history of independent Singapore, governance and government were conflated, and this still happens today. Government did governance,…..

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  • Looking for Inter-Racial Love Stories

    By: IPS Editor | Dec 28, 2015 | Hits: 1393

    2006 was a life-changing year for us. That year, we began to notice the blatant stares of curious onlookers, their double takes, their careless whispers. We remember the sweet yet discomfiting feeling of holding hands in public. Perhaps it was an uncommon sight. After all, both of us are of different racial ethnicities. We have…..

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  • Equity, Education and the Economy

    By: IPS Editor | Dec 21, 2015 | Hits: 1354

    There are, in my opinion, three issues the education system will increasingly face in coming decades: Issues of perceived differences and equitable outcomes; escaping the credentialist economy trap; and more broadly, the fear of making too many tweaks to an already internationally recognised system. Imagined differences and real outcomes In 2002, I had a pale,…..

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  • Speaking of the End

    By: IPS Editor | Dec 17, 2015 | Hits: 1095

    The current focus on “active ageing” in Singapore aims to get Singaporeans to proactively shape how the later stages of their lives should pan out. This ranges from ensuring retirement adequacy, to economic participation, to pursuing hobbies or volunteering in the community. Active ageing thus calls for individuals to live actively throughout life and make…..

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