Moving from a civil service career to making an impact in civil society, Laurence advocates inclusiveness in Singapore society, that our success is not measured by GDP but building a sense of belonging, of being respected and valued for who you are, not what you should be, and ultimately, being always treated with equal dignity and compassion, no matter how old, how rich, how educated, what titles you hold, and how different you are. He believes that people are the ends, not the means and that change is needed to get us out of a social recession.
Travelling the world with his eyes open, Parag is a trenchant critic of the standard wisdom about the second and third worlds. He has written books such as "The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century and "How to Run The World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance." Parag is director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, exploring human-technology co-evolution. In his 2012 TED book "Hybrid Reality", he explores our complex relationship with science and technology--and how it could create new and unexpected lifestyles and social structures. At TEDGlobal 2012, he curated and guest-hosted the session “The Upside of Transparency”.
As Executive Director of Aidha, a not-for-profit micro-business school dedicated to enriching lives through financial education, Veronica pioneered its transition into a stage of consolidation and professionalisation, building its financial health, corporate partnerships and spreading its voice and mission both nationally and internationally. A native of Mexico, She is dedicated to promoting women’s economic empowerment through education.
A medical doctor with a heart to serve others, Kumaran decided to take a year off work to pursue his dreams of climbing six mountains, including Mount Everest. His “No Mountain Too High” project raised funds for the patients of Tan Tock Seng hospital who were unable to afford medical treatment and aftercare costs. Many regard his Everest ascent as an outright success, but Kumaran chooses to reflect on the unseen failures in all his perceived successes. He lives by the rule that the two words 'success' and 'failure' are inseparable
Driven by a fascination with heritage, Claire founded All Things Bukit Brown that became an integral part of her life and brought together a group of volunteers passionate about the Heritage, Habitat, History of Bukit Brown. Together, they raise awareness of this oldest Chinese cemetery in Singapore that is also the largest outside China. Claire has been a journalist for over 21 years and loves photography, community projects, travel and visiting historic sites. She has visited all the world's continents, including Antarctica.
A young Singaporean artist who is passionate about art and building a happier and more inclusive society in Singapore, Yen Lin splits her time between pursuing an arts degree at the National University of Singapore and creating anamorphic installations around Singapore.
As co-founder of The Thought Collective that grows social enterprises, Tong Yee builds social and emotional capital especially among youth and around social innovation. Having struggled through his earlier academic progress, he empathises with those who have experienced failure and helps by leading them to create new possibilities. Tong Yee is currently designing a new prototype for family service centres, education through innovations in theatre, museums and trails, and new compelling social movements in graciousness and love for one another.
Local jazz singer-songwriter Elaine Lam performs at the iconic folk staple Music Dreamer Live! Cafe. She's also been featured at Esplanade’s Coffee Morning and Afternoon Tea concert and at one of Taiwanese crooner Jeff Chang’s concerts. In 1999, Hong Kong diva Miriam Yeung recorded one of Elaine’s work in her first mandarin album “Smile”.
An adventure philanthropist who has raced 1,000 kilometres in the hottest, coldest, windiest and driest deserts on earth: the Sahara, Antarctica, Gobi, and Atacama. Through this competition rated by TIME magazine as one of its Top Ten Endurance Competitions in the world, Thaddeus has raised close to $200,000 for charitable organisations. He authored a book "Runaway Success: Life Lessons from Ultra Endurance Racing" distilling his lessons from the race world into principles for the real world.
After waking up to the ecological crisis facing the planet during a deep period of self-reflection, Bhavani left her career in finance and set up the advocacy website EcoWalkTheTalk.com. She writes and speaks about climate change, organic farming, non-toxic product alternatives, and green action by individuals and communities, and is author of “50 ways to make your home eco-friendly" and runs the facebook page called "Grow Your Own Food in Singapore".
An explorer in the digital frontier Hon Meng, co-founded Fundsupermart.com, which later became iFAST corporation with 250 staff across 4 countries and billions in assets under administration. Most recently, he co-founded Estatebuzz, building websites and mobile platforms for neighbours to connect and derive solutions in what he calls "the meaningfulness-based economy". Hon Meng has also written prize-winning plays and books, is a member of Mensa and plays chess at chess.com in the pockets of time when he has nothing to do.
For her stage debut in a kindergarten circus musical, Deborah desperately wanted to be a ballerina, but was made to wear a hairy bear suit instead. Since then, she has played more humans and animals with the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Disney and OKTO, and has performed her poetry at SPORE Art Salon, ContraDiction, and the Causeway Exchange Festival KL. She works in schools to spread her love for art as the beginning of change, because she knows that anyone can heal when they express themselves through art.
As a photographer who makes meaning of the world through his pictures, Zakaria has published his first monograph "Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes", an anthology of portraits and anecdotes of the retired Singapore Gurkhas as they reminisce about life in the Lion city, from the 1950s till today. Zakaria documents events as they unfolded before his eyes, and has been moving away from traditional documentary work and photographs closer to home—or even closer to his heart.
A video story project called Singaporean of the Day was created through conversations between Jeff Cheong and his friends with people from all corners of the country. They talked to people on the streets, in the malls, at coffee shops, schools, void decks and even trains, to catch a glimpse of their dreams and hopes for this little island they call home.
Also know as ‘TheLionCityBoy,’ Kevin has a soul etched to the groove of Hip Hop, a vibe borrowed from R&B and an edge influenced by Punk Rock. Emotional, hypnotic and infectious are some of the words used to describe his music and emotionally driven songs born from the personal complexities of life’s journey, distinctly influenced by rap and indie electronic music.
A veteran Lianhe Zaobao newspaper photographer, Bob dedicates his own time and talent to capturing life's happiest moments for others. In a recent project, he fulfilled the last wishes of patients in Assisi Hospice by taking photos for them, like a wedding portrait with their partner, or family photo with their loved ones as a reminder of their happiest moments, as they walked their final journey in life.
As head of the Singapore Kindness Movement and winner of the Active Ager Award (Council of the Third Age), William has always been active in community-based work and believes that kindness breeds kindness.
Fuelled by his passion for solving real world problems using technology, Sunny Singh has led two teams through the local and international finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup, a software design competition where students create IT solutions to solve some of the world's toughest problems. One of these projects is the delivery of education to children in Africa, and the other to improve the efficacy of stroke rehabilitation for the elderly using Kinetic technology.