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  • Building resilient communities in the age of disinformation

    By: admintest admintest | May 11, 2018 | Hits: 1717

    Ten million Chinese migrant workers entering Indonesia, a long-haired male journalist portrayed as a female election volunteer for the governor of Jakarta, as well as uprisings of Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar – what do these have in common? They are all disinformation making their rounds on online platforms and closed-group channels such as Facebook…..

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  • Time to review government assistance to SMEs

    By: admintest admintest | Feb 14, 2018 | Hits: 1403

    There are two main schools of thought on the role of the Government in supporting our small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Some believe that the Government has done too much for our SMEs, has cultivated a sense of entitlement and dependency, and should take a step back and allow competition to separate the wheat from the chaff……

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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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  • Hydrogen a more sustainable bet for S’pore’s energy future

    By: admintest admintest | Oct 02, 2017 | Hits: 1863

    The Government recently announced big steps forward in Singapore’s renewable energy future — it intends to install solar panels across all new Housing Development Board blocks, with costs of installation about 40 per cent less than before. That is not surprising for a small, low-lying, island city-state that is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Last…..

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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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  • Time Banks can Forge Social Change

    By: admintest admintest | Jun 22, 2017 | Hits: 2254

    We have all heard of the adage, “time is money”, but this is often understood in terms of the market economy, where all goods and services are assigned a monetary value. The time economy, on the other hand, is made up of all the goods and services of social value that measures of the market…..

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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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