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  • In Defence Of Lim Chong Yah

    Nov 07, 2012 | Hits: 1431

    By Tommy Koh Professor Lim Chong Yah is one of Singapore’s most distinguished economists. He was the professor of economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS), before moving on to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to become the first Albert Winsemius Professor of Economics. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Economics of both NUS and…..

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  • “Are Young Singaporeans Happy?”

    Nov 07, 2012 | Hits: 1370

    The Young Singaporeans Conference (YSC) is one of the Institute of Policy Studies’ flagship programmes. Held biennially, the YSC gathers young Singaporeans, between the ages of 25 and 35, who have shown leadership or excellence in their respective fields of endeavour to discuss issues of national interest. The following is the speech delivered by the Director of…..

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  • A “Wiki” Singapore Doesn’t Need To Stall

    Oct 24, 2012 | Hits: 1270

    By Donald Low and Cherian George The Institute of Policy Studies has released three scenarios intended to get the wider public thinking about how Singapore should govern itself in the future. The exercise is timely, given the widespread feeling that the republic is at a crossroads. There is an opportunity to reshape governance, enabling it to respond more…..

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  • Equity In Dialogue

    Oct 23, 2012 | Hits: 1055

    By Carol Soon Last month, a teenager shared her thoughts on the National Conversation in a letter to The Straits Times Forum page (18 September). Her letter astutely points to the wave of cynicism that has surged forth since the unveiling of the committee members of the Our Singapore National Conversation initiative. What is perhaps more…..

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  • Re-Imagining Singapore through Conversation

    Oct 13, 2012 | Hits: 1054

    By Asad Latif When Plato posed at the beginning of the Symposium the question, “Is not the road to Athens just made for conversation?” he made companionship the measure of the destination. Two-and-a-half millennia later, when I turned up at Rasa Sentosa Hotel for the final session of IPS Prism, the argumentative journey to Athens was…..

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  • The Educational ‘Arms Race’: All For One, Loss For All – Part 2

    Oct 02, 2012 | Hits: 1378

    By Christopher Gee You are in the third row of seats from the front in a stadium. The people in the front row stand to get a better view of the action, and quickly thereafter, those in the second row also stand up in order to see. You also stand to be able to watch the…..

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  • National Conversation: Mind and Matter – Knowing Which is Which

    Sep 29, 2012 | Hits: 972

    By Devadas Krishnadas Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that we would have a “national conversation”, an “Our Singapore Committee” to “spearhead” this effort has been formed. Two features of this committee immediately sparked comment. First, that a large chunk of the panel was formed by members of the ruling party. Second, not a single member of…..

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  • Reframing the National Conversation

    Sep 28, 2012 | Hits: 1294

    By Donald Low The National Conversation, announced by the Prime Minister in his National Day Rally in August, has gotten off to an inauspicious start. Criticisms of it have centred on two main themes. The first is that the conversation so far has not been sufficiently representative and that it has not (yet) made a sincere…..

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  • The educational ‘arms race’: all for one, loss for all – Part 1

    Sep 27, 2012 | Hits: 2076

    The following is Part 1 of a 2-part feature. You can read Part 2 here. By Christopher Gee Robert Frank in his 2007 book Falling Behind: How Inequality Harms the Middle Class points out that investment in children by parents is a positional good, with such expenditures taking on many of the characteristics of an arms race…..

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  • What Makes Us S’porean? Our Shared Values In Our Pledge

    Sep 25, 2012 | Hits: 1247

    By Soon Sze Meng Our Singapore Conversation asks ourselves where we should be heading. It is as important to ask ourselves first what makes Singapore home and identify ourselves as being Singaporean. To me, it is about our shared experiences and values. Our shared experiences are the common spaces in this small island where we have…..

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