Loading Events

Past Events

Events Search and Views Navigation

August 2017

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and its legacy to Modern China

2 August, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Abstract This talk focuses on a controversial historical figure in modern Chinese history and a political campaign that has left a rich legacy to China: Mao Zedong and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1966. The talk will examine the major social, economic, and political forces that shaped the history of China in the 1960s. Besides introducing and critically evaluating the relevant primary sources and secondary scholarship on Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution, Professor Wang will share with the…

Find out more »

Looking to the Frontiers of Fundamental Science

25 August, 2017
4:30 pm
- 6:00 pm
Maxwell Auditorium @ Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road 609081 Singapore + Google Map

I shall outline some of the great unknowns at the frontiers of Fundamental Science: How did the Universe begin? What are the possible kinds of quantum matter? Is there a unified theory of the fundamental forces? How we are trying to find the answers to these questions and what the answer might be? Professor David Gross is the Chancellor’s Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics and former Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB. He received his Ph.D. in 1966 at…

Find out more »

September 2017

Rethinking Education in China: Lessons from the Post-Mao Period

7 September, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Recent years have witnessed mingled alarm and envy in the West at the supposed excellence of China's education system - epitomized by Shanghai's PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) success. But much public discussion of the context for that success, and of the nature of the education system that has produced it, remains worryingly superficial. Drawing on a new monograph, Education and Society in Post-Mao China (Routledge 2017), this talk re-examines the educational record of China during the four decades of 'Reform…

Find out more »

Comparing ‘Asian Giants’: Exploring Factors that Account for Singapore and Hong Kong Students’ Academic Achievement

28 September, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Asian students’ success in international assessments is now so well acknowledged that it is no longer regarded as remarkable. Yet understanding the reasons behind that success, especially in comparative perspective, has received less attention. Singapore and Hong Kong are ideal cases for comparison because in some ways they exhibit similarities (histories, cultures, economic development) but in other ways they are different (political structures, diversity and regional integration). Whether these macro influences have any bearing on academic achievement remains an open…

Find out more »

November 2017

Deconstructing the Fear of Public Speaking: How to Get a Handle on the Nerves Within

15 November, 2017
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Fear of public speaking is incredibly common and nearly everyone can suffer from this type of phobia regardless of demographic or age. There is also reason to believe that modern day lifestyles make this fear more common than it had been in the past. It can rear it's ugly head anywhere and at anytime.  The thought of speaking in public can leave us frozen with fear. It can also cause us to miss out on many academic, social, and career opportunities.…

Find out more »

January 2018

Global Network for Sustainable Development: Investing in Youth

10 January, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

OVERVIEW Dr. Wosinski is no ordinary scholar to talk about the topic. Born at the end of World War II, he lived through the turbulent Cold War era and witnessed violent conflicts among people of different ethnicities and ideologies. He has first-hand experience of what was life behind the Iron Curtain and is now devoting his time to promote peace, sustainability and youth education. After working with youth in Africa and the more remote areas in Asia, Dr Wosinski decided - in…

Find out more »

Surviving a Disruptive World: Re-inventing Business Strategies

31 January, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

OVERVIEW The fourth industrial revolution is the current and developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we live and work. We are on the cusp of the age of disruption which poses many challenges for governments, companies, and individuals. Be it political uncertainty, technological innovation or new business models, disruption can come in many forms. Companies and business leaders must…

Find out more »

March 2018

Learning for the Future

7 March, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

OVERVIEW In today’s rapidly changing world, advancement in Science and Technology is quickly making what we learnt in school insufficient to cope with the demands of the economy. Since the Industrial Revolution it was determined that individuals must be equipped with the 3Rs - Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. Only a few decades ago, in addition to acquiring the 3Rs, we started acquiring a modicum of computer skills to catch the Third Wave of civilisation - the ‘Knowledge Economy’. With the…

Find out more »

April 2018

Constitutional Challenges in Southeast Asia

18 April, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm

Southeast Asia is one of the most ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse parts of the world. Significantly, all states in Southeast Asia – with the exception of Thailand – were once colonies of the various European powers. The design and operation of a constitutional framework for survival and good governance was a crucial challenge to both the departing colonial authorities and the nationalists charged with leading their states to independence. In this lecture, we look at the kinds of challenges…

Find out more »

May 2018

Arab Popular Revolts: Lessons to Be Learnt?

9 May, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

The upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa is symptomatic of a region in transition with multiple interlinking subplots and struggles. Political transitions can take decades, and at the seventh year of the process, we are still at the beginning. One fundamental transition began with the 2011 popular Arab revolts that toppled leaders, sparked protests and was countered by forces opposed to change. The process has since turned violent and been marked by brutal repression. In some countries, protests…

Find out more »

June 2018

The New Asian Workforce: Who Will Take Charge?

1 June, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

The HR function as we know it is being radically disrupted due to technological change, new business models and the advent of novel subordinate functions like “business associates” replacing ‘employees’. Ride-hailing companies, and online food delivery companies often exemplify such developments. The rise of self-employed workforces leaves a major part of the human value chain outside the traditional reach of employment legislation and the regulatory regime for corporations. Lifecycle changes and increased longevity add to the complexity of the challenge.…

Find out more »

July 2018

How Fast Can Malaysian Democracy Gallop Before It Stumbles?

18 July, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Against all odds, Malaysia saw a change in government in May 2018 for the first time in its history. Should the new government remain stable over the next two years, deep changes in popular culture and civil consciousness, including participation in grassroots politics can be expected. Malaysia’s apparent failure, since independence in 1957, to live up to its democratic potential had undermined general faith in its ability to be democratic in spirit as well as in form.  With a new…

Find out more »

China’s Diplomacy 3.0: How to Be Creatively Involved in World Affairs — 3.0版中国外交:如何创造性介入世界事务?

26 July, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

EVENT IN MANDARIN 华语讲座  The rise of China over the past four decades, in terms of both pace and scale, is unarguably phenomenal. Against the backdrop of this rapid change, the international community has been concerned whether China would repeat the bloody history of rising powers. China itself has also been consistently looking for a path to avoid both the Thucydides Trap and domestic turmoil, while fuelling its development ambition. Professor Wang will share his views on the latest developments in…

Find out more »

August 2018

East Asian Culture, Governance and Economic Growth

28 August, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

The economic dynamism of East Asia was evident in astonishing growth rates in the early decades of development.  Much of the success of countries like China, Korea, Japan and Singapore has been attributed to governance cultures influenced by Confucianism and strong centralised governance structures.  With the eastward spread of Western liberalism and business school management ideologies, can these paradigms of governance endure?  Should they? Some clues to these questions may be found in current soul-searching by some of these countries.…

Find out more »

October 2018

What’s Your Story?: Digital Storytelling as an Expression of Professional Identity

11 October, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

We live in a world that is often described as abstract, impersonal and uncertain. Change is, and can be, disturbing and disruptive. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what to believe when there are so many competing interpretations of events available. Against this backdrop, this lecture proposes Digital Storytelling as a contemporary platform for taking control, exploring and understanding our lives as well as making a difference to those around us. Stories are everywhere and we all have stories…

Find out more »

November 2018

Mismatched: Why Life is Difficult in the Modern World

8 November, 2018
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm

Individuals and organisations are increasingly facing problems in the modern world, ranging from diabetes and depression to job burnout and sustainability. Recent developments have implicated one important process that may underlie most, if not all, of these problems. That concept is termed “evolutionary mismatch” — a process that occurs when the environment changes faster than evolution has time to adjust. In this talk, Dr Norman Li will discuss the workings of mismatch, examples of its pervasive reach, and implications for…

Find out more »

January 2019

Science Sheds Light on Myths and Mysteries: A Case Study of Edible Bird’s Nest

10 January, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Swiftlets of genus Aerodramus fuchiphagus, native to the Indo-Pacific region, build edible bird’s nest (EBN) with a saliva-like secretion. The cleaned EBN is believed to have exceptional nutritional and medicinal properties. It has been consumed, particularly by the Chinese, for more than a thousand years. It is one of the most expensive Asian delicacies, and has been called the “Caviar of the East”. The trade in EBN is worth billions of dollars annually, with the production of raw EBN localized…

Find out more »

Fostering Sustainable Environmental Change: Insights from our evolved psychological biases

31 January, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

It is widely agreed by scientists and policymakers that humans must reduce their impact on the natural environment and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. In this talk, Prof van Vugt will propose that an improved understanding of human psychology can help to improve programmes and policies to address environmental problems. Combining theories and findings from evolutionary biology and social psychology, he will argue that environmental problems are often caused or exacerbated by at least five evolutionarily adaptive psychological biases that…

Find out more »

February 2019

Leading from the Ground: Challenges and Possibilities in the Early Childhood Sector

20 February, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Singapore’s early childhood sector has gained national attention over the last few years, with increased funding for sectoral improvements. The drive towards improving accessibility, affordability, and quality of the services produced has been accompanied by stronger regulatory control, which has demanded swift adaptation by preschool providers and practitioners. This discussion aims to explore the challenges and possibilities of managing such changes, from the ground. The three-member panel will share their insights in the management of these policy changes in practice with…

Find out more »

April 2019

Rethinking AI: What if the future is not robotic?

10 April, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

The hype around artificial intelligence has now reached monumental proportions. Worries about killer robots or robots taking our jobs have reached a fever pitch within governments, corporations, and universities. In this talk, Dr Stevens will draw on the history of AI to argue that the hype may be misleading us in critical ways. AI’s history consists of over-promising and under-delivering. Why should this time be any different? Both the doomsday scenarios spun by some and the unbounded optimism pitched by…

Find out more »

May 2019

STEAM – A Driver of a Circular Economy

9 May, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

The world needs to shift away from the traditional linear economy towards a circular economy; one where food, energy and materials are produced and consumed more sustainably and all by-products and waste recycled or re-used.  The convergence of expertise and knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), coupled with life-cycle thinking, presents humanity with a unique opportunity to advance society while combating the degradation of our planet. Dr Lerwen Liu, the Founding Director of STEAM Platform at King…

Find out more »

June 2019

Posture and Ergonomics: Stand Up, Sit Up, and Feel Better

19 June, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm

Rounded shoulders, slouching, forward head posture – we see these on people all around us at epidemic proportions. It seems everyone is having trouble doing the simplest things, such as standing and sitting up-right, and our desks are only partly to blame. What most do not know, is that this insidious postural problem actually has its roots in our spine and nervous system. In this talk, Dr Jason Rutkauskas will show why spinal problems such as – neck pain, low…

Find out more »

July 2019

From a City in a Garden to an Eco-City in the Sea: Quest for Space in Singapore

10 July, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Our planet is in crisis; greenhouse gases are blanketing the atmosphere, melting the polar ice caps, causing methane to leak from the tundra and threatening the food chain.  Renewable energy is still decades away from being a commercially viable alternative and nuclear energy is still facing political headwinds. Here in Singapore, land reclamation with sand imported from Southeast Asia is unsustainable. Singapore has to find sustainable alternatives. Mr Lim Soon Heng, a fellow of IMarEST and founder President of the…

Find out more »

September 2019

Money or Morals: Behavioural Insights and the Environment

4 September, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

Most people agree that we should behave in such a way as to minimize waste and reduce our impact on the environment. Why then do we persist in over-using water, wasting food and in general over-consuming? This lecture shares the results of a field experiment in Singapore, using different incentives in motivating water conservation. In 1,000 Singaporean households, regular feedback was given, with informative, normative and monetary incentives provided to different groups. Its aim was to find out whether people responded more…

Find out more »

October 2019

Learning to Play… Again: Engaging Creatively, Leading Imaginatively

23 October, 2019
7:00 pm
- 8:30 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

As adults who live in urban, high-pressure and fast-changing contexts, what would we gain if we spent more time at play? Would this help us reconnect with our spontaneous, energised and creative selves? Would we become more effective and inspiring collaborators and leaders in the process? Asst Prof Charlene Rajendran will examine the dynamics of play, with particular reference to the arts as a creative platform.  She suggests that a ludic sensibility contributes to the development of vibrant and innovative…

Find out more »

November 2019

Inclusive Communities: A Tangible Reality or a Far-fetched Dream

13 November, 2019
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm

Inclusion of persons with disabilities has been at the forefront of many initiatives rolled out in Singapore but traction and progress has been slow. Why is it so hard to achieve inclusion even when we keep talking and acting upon it? What are the questions we do not ask and insights we do not have? What exactly does inclusion mean and how does it look like? Does the answers differ across respondents? How do we deal with the inherent paradox of…

Find out more »

January 2020

Storytelling with Music

8 January, 2020
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
The HEAD Foundation, 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 058416 Singapore + Google Map

What does music mean to you? Is it for relaxation or entertainment? Even though music is an abstract art form, it can tell stories by conjuring up emotions and imagery. Experience music’s evocative powers and learn about how music can represent emotions, expression, and nature in this talk that also features live performance demonstration from the young musicians from the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Ms Pang Siu Yuin is currently a Deputy Director with the Singapore Symphony Group, heading the…

Find out more »

February 2020

Making All Learners Succeed

4 February, 2020
7:00 pm
- 8:30 pm
Yale-NUS College Performance Hall, College Ave West 138527 Singapore + Google Map

When it comes to education in developing countries or learning for children with special needs, the markets are saturated with outdated ideas and ineffective tools that fail to interest and engage children. With the rise of education technology (Edtech), many countries have tried to use tablet-based solutions to make education more effective, but most attempts were to no avail. After winning the prestigious Global Learning XPRIZE and helping millions of young children in the world to learn independently,  Sooinn Lee will be here in Singapore to…

Find out more »

April 2020

COVID-19  What Next…?

29 April, 2020
10:00 am
- 11:30 am

The profound uncertainty revolving around COVID-19 has sent the whole world into uncharted waters. Four medical and public health experts from around the globe join us online to discuss what they know so far about the pandemic, and what we should expect in time to come. MEET THE PANELLISTS Dr Brent Bauer is the Director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic, USA. To date, he has published more than 100 papers on integrative therapies. He is also…

Find out more »

May 2020

COVID-19 What Next…?

27 May, 2020
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

We are learning something new about COVID-19 every day. In this webinar series, our host and moderator, Prof Tikki Pangestu, talks to regional and global experts on the key issues arising from the pandemic. Everyday life as we knew it is probably gone for good, and the new normal has yet to settle in. For this second webinar of the series, Prof Pangestu and three guest experts with vast international experience will be sharing their insights on more changes we…

Find out more »
+ Export Events