On Sept 8, School of Arts and Social Sciences held a half-day event titled 'Active Citizenship: For a Better Community, For a Better World' to promote awareness of active citizenship and the causes which citizens and organisations have been fighting for.
Guest-of-honour, Ms Denise Phua, President of the Autism Resource Centre and Co-founder of Pathlight School, is a shining example of an active citizen herself. In an inspiring talk, she spoke about her experience in promoting awareness of autism and setting up schools for autistic children. The other speakers were Dr Alison Eyring, Chief Executive Officer of Organisation Solutions, Singapore; Mr Kenny Low, Founder of City College and O School; Mr Thomas Thomas, Executive Director of the Singapore Compact for Corporate Social Responsibility; Dr Hui Yew-Foong, Anthropologist and Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies; and Mr Felix Soh, Digital Media Editor at Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and Consulting Editor of My Paper. They spoke on topics such as setting up schools for troubled kids, the challenges faced in striking a balance between corporate and social interests, and preserving Singapore's heritage amid relentless development, and later engaged the audience in a lively forum moderated by UniSIM Academic Advisor Professor Aline Wong.
In conjunction with the forum, a Gallery Walk and Marketplace were also set up to allow invited organisations to promote their causes.