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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.

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Activating Empathy in Schools

Bernise Ang

Ever wondered if school could be better? So have we. 

School was always about Math, Science, and so on - and we always wondered, while watching kids scurrying around in the canteens during break, if any of these young minds ever wondered what goes on beyond their classroom, beyond their own little worlds.

That’s where you could do something.

Organised by Ashoka Changemakers, “Activating Empathy! Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters” is a global collaborative competition that aims to do just that, and it is now open for entries.      

The competition seeks the best ideas, programs, and learning models from around the world that equip students with the skill of empathy by: 

  • Encouraging social and emotional development       
  • Unlocking new ways of viewing problems, opening the door to a new world of potential solutions   
  • Addressing bullying or aggression in ways that advance understanding of others' perspectives 
  • Promoting community diversity and a respect for differences    
  • Championing children as real-­‐world problem solvers rather than simply bystanders    

Not that this should matter, but there's 70K USD in prize money, and some mystery special prizes, so apply online to share your ideas, gather support for your project, or just to connect with others.

Final final registration closes on March 30, so look up the site to sign up or find out more.

DISCLOSURE: Syinc is an official Network Partner of Ashoka Changemakers. No, they did not pay us to share this. We just think you’d think it awesome anyways.

Dream It. Do It.

Bernise Ang

Ashoka's Youth Venture, who was involved in bringing you the Staples Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition (news entry here), has now teamed up with MTV Switch Campaign. They are launching the Dream It Do It Challenge in search of the most innovative and creative youths that are working to create a cooler or greener planet. The competition is open to young people between the ages of 12 and 24.

To learn more about the competition and enter your idea for a chance to win $1000 to get your project started and possibly be featured on a new MTV show in 2009: http://mtv-venture.org/switch

And, if you also know of any young environmental entrepreneurs who may be interested in this, please pass this on!

Dream It. Do It.

Get in touch with James Bach: jbach@youthventure.org

All the best!

Calling Young Social Entrepreneurs

Bernise Ang

Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition

Attention young social entrepreneurs from Singapore and Asia! Got a brilliant idea - and want to take it further?


The Staples Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition is here! We think you should know about this, because it's really a great way to get some financial support and be backed by one of the most recognised organisations for social entrepreneurship in the world - Ashoka.

Check out this social entrepreneurship competition, brought to you by Staples, Youth Venture and of course,  Ashoka's Changemakers. It's all happening here.

The time is now. (Through to 15 October 2008.)

Check out the entriesVote your faveEnter the competition.