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Syinc Blog

Here we muse about creativity & innovation, and document (some of) the work we're doing about it in Singapore.

Our workshop @ IAVE

Bernise Ang

January 24-27 was the 21st World Volunteer Conference of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)! Syinc co-ran a strategic planning workshop for their Youth Volunteer Conference.

Our co-facilitator was Debbie McDowall, manager of the Youth Enquiry Service at Dumfries & Galloway Council - all the way from Scotland! 

There's a fun back-story to this. Our first challenge: Debbie and Bernise only had the chance to meet the night before their workshop. So it was really only after the Youth Volunteer Conference dinner launch at *scape that they got to huddle over supper at the nearby Zi Char place to discuss how they would hack go about it.

Our second challenge: They hadn't got a chance to share their slides before then. So this was going to be a serious wing-it think-on-your-feet deal.

Our third challenge: It was to be a 2-hour workshop, with one hour per facilitator. So there wasn't much time to go deep into anything really.

How it worked out: Debbie ran a (rather comprehensive!) project planning 101 primer, and Bernise zoomed in on Root Cause Analysis. Both were pretty interactive segments - for the short time we had!

Check out what the Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network (MYCJN), who participated in the workshop, had to say about it!

Props and shoutout to Debbie, an awesome co-facilitator and youth advocate doing amazing things back home! Check out her bio here.