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  • ‘Cosmolanders’ and Singapore’s dual personality

    By: IPS Editor | Mar 08, 2019 | Hits: 942

    In all its earlier incarnations, Singapore had functioned as a city of sorts. It was an emporium, a cosmopolis, a colonial port city, a crown colony and then a city within a larger Malaysian Federation. But it was a most unnatural nation. It did not have any of the ingredients needed to build national identity…..

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  • Shaping the future of Singapore’s heartlands

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 26, 2018 | Hits: 2286

    Someone once told me that in Singapore, HDB flats are ‘like the air we breathe’. They are so much a part of our life because more than 80 per cent of our residential population live in them. Even if you do not live in an HDB flat, you would have used some of the amenities…..

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  • How we can better chart Singapore’s urban future

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 12, 2018 | Hits: 3583

    The city state of Singapore, at just 720 square kilometres, is about half the size of metropolitan London. Yet it has to house many facilities to support its economic and social growth, including major uses such as airports and ports, energy, waste and water management and military infrastructure, all of which are needed to support…..

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  • Why S’pore needs to honour innovation, excellence and outwardness

    By: admintest admintest | Nov 15, 2017 | Hits: 1593

    To ensure the country’s continuing survival and success, Singaporeans need to be a people who embrace innovation and excellence and be prepared to go out of their comfort zones, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan on Tuesday (Nov 14). This would help create “a new economic ascent”, added Mr Lim, who was previously…..

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  • Building a gracious society in Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | Oct 11, 2017 | Hits: 6761

    Singaporeans have expressed the wish for a more gracious society in the next 50 years and while the government can encourage and facilitate this graciousness, it is something the citizens themselves have to produce, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan on Tuesday (Oct 10). This could take a generation, and Singapore has to…..

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  • Lessons for S’pore on the rise and fall of empires

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 13, 2017 | Hits: 48459

    When Singapore became independent in August 1965, it was an accidental nation, unplanned in its creation and unexpected in its survival, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan. The question now is what kind of nation Singapore wants to be in the coming years and whether its people have what it takes to carve…..

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  • Singapore’s Success Depends on Not Being Afraid to Change

    By: admintest admintest | May 18, 2017 | Hits: 3189

    It is possible for small city-states such as Singapore to shape and create not just markets, but also their operating environments, said former head of civil service Peter Ho. He draws hope from the fact that Singapore’s small size gives it the agility to course-correct and to make whole-of-nation changes. Furthermore, responding to uncertainty and…..

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  • Singapore’s Future, and Lessons from Boston

    By: admintest admintest | May 04, 2017 | Hits: 9099

    Perhaps the central and most obvious paradox of Singapore is that its national boundaries coincide perfectly with its city limits. And what is more, the fantasy and glamour of Singapore’s global city status often stand in sharp contrast to the insecurities that define its statehood. Sovereign city-states are anomalies, surviving despite their very small size,…..

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  • Imagining Endless Possible Futures

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 20, 2017 | Hits: 1373

    The central thesis in Professor Clayton Christensen’s seminal book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, is that successful organisations are doomed to fail in the long run, because there is tremendous inertia to change a formula that has worked well. In other words, the incumbents of today are locked-in to their mental models and success formulas. They are…..

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  • The Black Elephant Challenge for Governments

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 11, 2017 | Hits: 6459

    Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist, said: “I think the next century (the 21st century) will be the century of complexity.” But what is complexity? And what is its relevance to governance? Complex is different from complicated. An engineering system is merely complicated. It could be an A-380 or a telecommunications satellite. Its inner workings…..

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