FestivalForGood Conversations Session 4: Children as Forefront for Change – Can Childhood Empower? (Lightning Talks)


Conversations is a series of talks and panel discussion on topics regarding the social enterprise sector, social impact, and doing good in Singapore. We hope to spread awareness about social enterprises and social issues in Singapore, as well as engage members of the public in meaningful discussions about how we can make Singapore a better place for all.

Session 3: Children as Forefront for Change – Can Childhood Empower? (Lightning Talks)

The terms ‘childhood’ and ‘play’ sound unimportant or irrelevant for adults. Why should I care about childhoods of today and play? Are childhoods and play undervalued today? Why should I care about empowering our children? Are there larger benefits to society? Can children be forefronts for change?

Who Will Be Speaking?

There will be activities at the Adventure Land Experience Capsules during this time for children to participate in.

Mint Lim – Director, School of Concepts

SoC is a phonics-based English literacy enrichment school, first of its kind in Singapore that has created a programme that has successfully cultivated self-directed and self-motivated learning attitudes in young learners, helping them achieve beyond just academic success. Mint, the founder of SoC, came from a humble background. Fortunate enough to receive guidance from an English teacher and dedicated mother, she overcame her learning needs and did fairly well academically. A living testimony of a strong foundation in literacy, she started SoC with the mission that one day, every child will be given equal opportunities.

John Tan – CEO, Saturday Kids

Saturday Kids is a digital literacy school whose mission is to transform kids into self-motivated learners who are curious, inventive and resourceful. John, its founder, is also an active tech investor in South East Asia and Silicon Valley. He is an early investor in Ninja Van and sits on the board. Other notable investments include Chope, Redmart and Padlet.

Tanya Wilson – Co-founder, EYEYAH!

EYEYAH! is a social enterprise that seeks to educate children about social issues through art and design. It is the latest project of co-founder, Tanya, who has 20 years experience strategizing and curating multi-media content and experiences for brands, institutions and Government agencies. After co-founding creative agency & gallery Kult in 2007, Tanya has built a wide network of creative visionaries from Asia and across the world, bridging visuals arts and technology. Her projects have infiltrated culture, built communities and created meaningful emotional connections.

Dr Esther Joosa - Director of Pedagogy, Playeum Children’s Centre For Creativity

Playeum is a non-profit social enterprise which runs the Children's Centre for Creativity, develops play spaces, provides training programmes and serves disadvantaged children in our community through providing play and creative opportunities. Esther has lived and worked as an arts and play practitioner, educator, researcher and advocate in Singapore for the past 29 years. In Playeum, she is a mentor, trainer, space designer and evaluator of practices and programmes. Her work is marked with deep engagement in the role of 21st century skills and the role of the environment. It centers around creating a stage for future directed learning and a balance between science and the arts, reason and imagination, the school and home, east and west. Her work has accumulated in her leading practices in Singapore’s special education.

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Other Sessions:
If you would like to attend more than one session, please sign up for the corresponding sessions separately:
Session 1: Behind our Consumerism – Is There Room for Sustainable Choices?
Session 2: Social Enterprises – Can They Innovate Well?
Session 3: Addressing Inequality Through Enterprise – How Can I Be Part of the Movement?

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Sun Oct 21, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM SGT
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Foyer@Auditorium, Level 3, Marina One West Tower
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9 Straits View, Marina One West Tower, Singapore 018937 Singapore

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