Informed by their interviews with individuals in Singapore who experienced online harassment, abuse, or harms, researchers Catherine Chang and Holly Apsley developed Solid Ground, at solidground.sg. Supported by the Association of Women for Action and Research and the National Youth Council, the Solid Ground project offers step-by-step guides and resources complemented by thoughtful aesthetics and illustrations. Today, they share more about technology-facilitated sexual violence or TFSV, their detailed and intricate process of building the website, and how they worked to bridge research and practice.
In 2020, Daryl Yang was named by The Straits Times as one of 30 young Singaporeans under the age of 30. He’s been involved in human rights and political education, specifically LGBT rights and disability rights in the country. Today, we discuss his work with the Universal Periodic Review or the UPR, the joint UPR submission on Singapore’s LGBTQ+ community, as well as his thoughts on faith-based change efforts and issues for the community beyond 377A.
After three episodes of the “Thinking about futures” mini-series – with Dr. Adrian Kuah, Cheryl Chung, and Aaron Maniam – we chat again with research associate Eddie Choo about what stood out to him. We end on a listener question about how organisations “do” futures or how organisations should be structured to optimise futures thinking.
A year ago, with Singapore just coming out of its circuit breaker and the world still coming to grips with the COVID-19 virus, Aaron Maniam explained in a TED talk that the language we use to talk about the pandemic was shaping how we thought about it. Instead of using a “war” metaphor, for instance, he argued that characterising COVID-19 as an “ecology” would help us better understand the pandemic and our futures. Today, we chat about the influence of language and metaphors on futures thinking as well as the importance of citizen foresight work in Singapore.
As a strategic foresight practitioner, Cheryl Chung has led futures projects across different government ministries and in a number of community projects and initiatives. With her experience and expertise, we explore the application of futures and foresight in public policy, the public sector, and the community in Singapore.