A brand new year is here - kinda hard to believe. Here's a look at what we achieved this past year, and what we've got up our sleeves next.
Highlights of 2010
2010 was a year of experimentation for us. As with all experiments, if you don't try, you never know. Here's what we got out of it:
[But first, a quick 101 on Design Thinking]: A way of problem-solving that uses both the analytical rigour and creativity of the design industry - except we're applying them to education for future solvers of human and social problems.
Syinconnect 2010 | Our flagship conference for budding changemakers. This year, using a little Design Thinking to conceptualise the conference, we prototyped it, revised our model, and ran it successfully (to our pleasant surprise!). Check out the 9 ideas our participants came up with. Pics galore.
Think & Drink | Collaborating with the Singapore International Foundation, we launched our informal networking programme this April. Thanks to the speakers we hosted: Willie Smits from Netherlands, Preeyanan Lorsermvattana from Thailand, Joyce Djaelani Gordon from Indonesia, and Padmanabha Rao from India.
Spark Plug | Ah yes, more Design Thinking. We ran our first pilots of Spark Plug, our DT-based workshop for students as changemakers, at Singapore Poly. These successful pilots have given us tons of ideas + materials to work with for our curriculum next year.
DT for Nonprofits | Did you know the Lien Centre for Social Innovation @SMU runs a programme called iLeap, for professional development of nonprofit executives? We found out too, when we were asked to run a "Design Thinking 101" segment as part of the programme. We made it super interactive - and it was fun running it!
RYSEC | Our major collaboration with Rotary - the Rotary Youth Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (or RYSEC). We helped set up the competition criteria, and put together the capacity building workshop for participants. Check out pics here. Congrats to winning team Jari Jemari!
Speaking | Apart from our public education talks at schools, some of the more notable speaking engagements of the year: World Entrepreneurship Day, International Society for Technology and Education Conference, TEDxYouth.
Next up: What's next for Syinc in 2011. Stay tuned.