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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.

Filtering by Tag: Ashoka

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.

Think & Drink!

Bernise Ang

Have you ever had a little fine wine (or potent coffee!) and found yourself thinking - or talking - more unconventionally?                                                                                                                                                  
Syinc and TEDxSingapore are putting this to the test with the first of our Think & Drink events - informal gatherings of weird and wonderful people over a cocktail mix of interesting conversation. 

On Apr 7, we're proud to have with us 3 Ashoka Fellows - each of them world changing social entrepreneurs - to share their stories on what they do.                                                                                  
The Low-Down
Wednesday, 7 April
7.30pm - 9.30pm
hackerspace, 70A Bussorah Street                                                                                                                
Cost: nothing! (suggested $5 to cover nibbles and drinks)
Sign up on our fabulous FB event

Our Special Guests
Preeyanan has organised Thailand’s first cross-sector network of medical malpractice victims, doctors, lawyers, media, and consumer activists into a collective force that is having a measurable impact on public health policy, the judicial system, public opinion, and the standards of the country’s healthcare institutions and medical profession.

Joyce Djaelani Gordon (Indonesia)
Joyce is changing the way Indonesia sees and responds to drug abuse and addiction. She learned that in Indonesia drug abuse was more effectively addressed in the context of families and communities, and has created the first integrated and holistic recovery programme that includes aftercare to help young drug users, and involves their families in prevention, public education, and rehabilitation efforts.

Padmanabha Rao (India)
Rama Rao and Padmanabha Rao, directors of RIVER, have developed a learner-guided method to teaching that not only increases learning but also re-engages teachers in their responsibility as educators. They have created an innovative, cost-effective, and proven methodology that results in higher levels of student learning, increased teacher ownership and greater school accountability.