Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Life should not just be about ourselves

Life.
Something I have been thinking about quite abit these few days.
Wondering if I am indeed making my life journey the best it can be.
Remembering my dreams. My hopes. My yearnings.
Not for myself. But for the world.
Have I fulfilled my promise to the world?
What have I been blessed with that I forgot to share with the world?

So I went to find inspiration - to make the direction and pathway more evident

I like the idea of a think tank.
Being the solver and following it through.
Access to Networks, Coaching and Mentoring of Management, Fundraising and/or Revenue Strategy

SO I BEGAN MY RESEARCH

Social ideas in Singapore


SOIMPACT Bootscape



Intute

Intute is an online learning platform that provides personalised homework and in-depth video solutions for just S$20 a month.
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NUMUNO

NUMUNO seek to expand access to personal and professional development opportunities and tools to more people, especially in the low income groups by providing affordable services such as group coaching and mentoring sessions, workshops and online lessons.
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Reimagine

Reimagine aims to provide purpose, an opportunity to contribute as well as new social circles for retirees/seniors in Singapore through new activities/hobbies.
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ReSewn

ReSewn aims to produce bags using selected recycled materials from pre-consumer excess textiles and post-consumer textile waste.
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Value Greens

Value Greens aim to transform vegetables that are rejected from cosmetic filtering into vegetable powder (soup powder/spice powder/nutritional health supplements etc.)
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BloomBack

BloomBack provides floral related training and complementary services to improve livelihoods of marginalised women.
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Brydge You

Brydge You improves accessibility to non-profits & NGOs through listing on their online platform with user reviews and ratings.
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Favour

Favour connects anyone who needs favour to the public that can help fulfil it.
GiveAsia

Foliosparks

Foliosparks helps aspiring local talents in to get the recognition they deserve and be connected with opportunities through their online platform.
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Green Angels

Green Angels seeks to motivate adoption of reusable bags in Singapore’s supermarkets through a technology-enabled ecosystem.
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Nom Vege

Nom Vege increases dining options for vegetarians by allowing home chefs to list their menus and take orders from an app.
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Smart Guppy

Smart Guppy provides access to free educational resources and rated tutors on their Open Education social network for underprivileged families.
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The Sound Mind

The Sound Mind wants to create an unbiased music experience for every listener.
GiveAsia

Volcano Web Solutions

Volcano Web Solutions allows neighbours to share relevant local information, times, expertise and resources through an online platform.
GiveAsia

Under SeedSG Funding

1. (a) Book project Beyond50- Reimagining Singapore: detail the learning experiences and outstanding achievements of 10 featured learners. Readers will learn how they had persevered on their learning journeys in spite of barriers or obstacles posed by their diverse backgrounds and challenging circumstances.
Imagine a former primary school dropout graduating with a master degree from a prestigious school at nearly 60, or a student who left school after doing badly for his 'O' level examinations earning four degrees from leading universities, or a man who spent many years in prison before entering law school to become a lawyer. Imagine also a wheelchair-assisted university student who's also training for the Para Olympics, or a senior citizen with a doctorate pursuing a bachelor degree in a different field after his retirement.
In their stories, the learners will share how they overcame the difficulties and what they learnt from their experiences. Their stories will show us that we can continue learning wherever we are, whatever our situations and whenever we can set aside time for learning.
After the publication of the book, the featured learners will have the opportunity to retell their stories at sharing sessions to be organised for the public to attend. This way, the book will be able to amplify its reach to the community and to inspire everyone to make lifelong learning a way of life.
1(b) Book Project: Celebrate Singapore Social Enterprises
This book project is about celebrating and inspiring extraordinary accomplishments in lifelong learning by learners who had to overcome great odds to do so. The stories aim to inspire others through the learners' adversity quotient, learning outcomes and impact on others (their stories will inspire readers to think: "I can do it too").
These stories will also show how success need not necessarily be defined in terms of grades or awards but by the learners' passion for learning, focus on staying the course, determination to succeed, resilience in the face of challenges, social responsibility in applying what they learnt to help others, and other remarkable human qualities.
2. Spreading the love for electronics : 3-days 'E-gnite! Learning Festival',
In preparation for this event, we got our students to brainstorm and design electronics activities that would appeal to the upper primary students (as part of the design thinking process). During the festival, our Secondary 3 students passed on their love and knowledge in electronics to more than 100 Primary School children through hands-on and minds-on activities.
It was a wonderful learning experience for all as the big brothers and sisters from Hong Kah Secondary School taught the students from Jurong, Yuhua, Keming and Lianhua Primary Schools how to fly a drone through an obstacle course, build an LED Terrarium from scratch, programme robots and design their very own mini music pianos using breadboards and electronic circuits.
This project was very meaningful to us as our students get to contribute back to the community and foster the spirit of lifelong learning by teaching upper primary school students applications on electronics. We also hope to expose primary school students to electronics and to ignite their interest in this subject area and bring about a multiplier effect in electronics education.
3. Project Hackable is a series of workshops that engages participants in a hands-on learning experience to build low-cost, DIY assistive devices for persons with disabilities, while raising awareness about disabilities and how technology can enable and empower those with disabilities. Through these workshops, participants will pick up basic technical and soldering skills, and apply these skills for a good cause. You will also learn more about disabilities and the disability sector in Singapore, and how assistive technology can enable and empower those with disabilities.
In our 'The Hack-a-Toy' workshop, you will learn to build a low-cost, DIY accessibility switch for children with special needs. Used with commercial off-the-shelf toys, these big button switches enable children with special needs to play and learn through play.
In our 'Hack-a-Mouse' workshop, you will learn how to build a low-cost, DIY switch adapted mouse for persons with disabilities. By adapting the mouse to be activated by big button switches, this DIY switch adapted mouse enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to access computers independently.
In our 'The Hack-a-Toy' workshop, you will learn to build a low-cost, DIY accessibility switch for children with special needs. Used with commercial off-the-shelf toys, these big button switches enable children with special needs to play and learn through play.
In our 'Hack-a-Mouse' workshop, you will learn how to build a low-cost, DIY switch adapted mouse for persons with disabilities. By adapting the mouse to be activated by big button switches, this DIY switch adapted mouse enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to access computers independently.
Project Hackable provides the community with the opportunity to learn more about the disability sector in Singapore while learning basic technical skills at the same time. Through engaging the public on a highly interactive, hands-on workshop focusing on using technical skills for a good cause, we seek to build a culture of lifelong learning through skills-based volunteerism, and encourage our participants to consider volunteering their skills to help disadvantaged groups in Singapore.
Our workshops also facilitate working adults to volunteer by providing an introduction to volunteering and a stepping stone to greater involvement. Skills-based volunteerism fosters and encourages lifelong learning as volunteers, using their expertise and doing what they enjoy, are exposed to different environments and contexts that they would not otherwise have encountered, allowing them to learn more about themselves and the communities around them while enhancing their skillsets.
4. Workshops Combine art and engineering
combine both engineering and the arts into a simple mechanical model that children can build independently.
In our beginner series of workshops, children will be taught how to assemble ice cream sticks and a syringe hydraulic system to form a mechanical arm. Children will be encouraged to come up with creative and functional uses for the arm thus transforming it into a blank canvas for their imagination to run wild.
For our advanced series of workshops, older children will build 'Judobots'- a mechanical model that uses syringe hydraulics to power a lifting arm and pivot.


NTU Startups

Glow in the Dark
Glow in the Dark is a social enterprise that provides premier enrichment workshops fully and independently conducted by the Visually Handicapped of Singapore. With a vision for enabling individuals regardless of circumstance, we aim to provide meaningful employment for the Visually Handicapped.

Value Greens
Value Greens seeks to provide an alternative food product which can provide consumers with the same nutritional value as vegetables and fruits. This product will be in powder form, made from ugly vegetables or fruits that would likely be thrown away by farms and wholesalers in Singapore due to cosmetic filtering. Hence, we hope to not only convert these ugly vegetables and fruits into a product that is easily consumable but also to educate the public about its value.
Value Greens aspires to make our social footprint in the area of hunger and malnutrition. Our product can be made accessible and affordable for masses in less developed countries while providing comparable nutritional value found in fresh vegetables and fruits.

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