THINK Digest No. 7: Future-Proofing Our Recovery

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In December 2019, the first human cases of COVID-19 were reported. A year later, as the world scrambles to reopen the economy safely, one big question is especially pertinent: How can we build back stronger and better?

In this issue of THINK, international experts and academics from various disciplines, including healthcare, economics, education, renewable energy, arts, music, and public policies, weigh in on the prospect of building a better post-COVID-19 world. By reflecting upon how the world has reacted and adapted to the global crisis, the authors suggest what countries, societies and individuals can do to become more resilient as we gradually recover from the agony of 2020.

In this issue:

  • Southeast Asian Experiences with the COVID-19 Pandemic – Public Policy Implications and the Role of International Cooperation
    Former Director of the Research Policy & Cooperation Department at the World Health Organization (WHO), Prof Tikki Pangestu, discusses six lessons that are particularly important for effective public policies in the age of the pandemic.
  • Interview with Prof Chan Siew Hwa of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
    Prof Chan Siew Hwa, one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”, shares his insights on the intersection between the Hydrogen Economy, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Using Education Technology to Build Resilient Learning Opportunities – Continuous Learning through COVID-19 and Beyond
    Pam Vachatimanont, Head of Product Strategy at Enuma, Inc., recounts Enuma’s journey to winning the prestigious Global Learning XPRIZE and why she thinks education technology is a pivotal solution to the worsening educational gap worldwide.
  • The Future of Healthcare – Lessons Learned from COVID-19
    Deputy Director of Clinical Education at the National University Health Systems in Singapore, Dr Maleena Suppiah Cavert, deliberates on the ways the healthcare sector can and should transform to be more adaptable, agile and resilient in the new normal.

… and many more.

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THINK Digest No. 6: Sustainability In A Time of Crisis

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In a world wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the call for mankind to address global climate and sustainability challenges has never been more urgent before.  The editorial team of THINK invited several international experts and academics to discuss some of the most pressing concerns of our time, ranging from the conundrums faced by green-product producers, to the persistence of social inequality as a policy blind spot, and the role an ordinary individual can play in the fight against global warming.

In this issue:

  • Interview with Prof. Anu Ramaswami of Princeton University
    The engineering professor and inaugural director of the M.S. Chadha Centre for Global India shares her insight on a sustainable model for urban planning and how she is making a change on the ground.
  • Confronting the Global Housing Crisis
    Dr. Stellios Plainiotis, a sustainability expert and the CEO of NEAPOLI, deliberates on the ways to combat the global housing crisis that has created a breeding ground for the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Climate Change: A Looming Threat to Southeast Asia’s Water-Food-Energy Future
    Stanford University’s Energy and Climate Scholar, Dr. He Xiaogang talks about the formidable water-food-energy challenges posed by climate change, and the relevant opportunities that have presented themselves to date.

… and many more.

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THink Digest No. 5, Special Issue: Profit for Good

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This special issue of THink features stories behind social enterprises who triumphed at the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia over the years. Get inspired by their ideas, success stories (and struggles) that continue to impact their communities, and society at large. This issue was created in collaboration with DBS Foundation and NUS Enterprise.

In this issue:

  • Finding My Footing in this World
    Society Staples creates a more inclusive future and maximises opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) through two platforms — experiences and engagement.
  • Transforming Lives, One Scarf at a Time
    The lives of master weavers in rural Bhutan are forever changed through ANA by Karma.
  • Spotlight: Interview with Prof Wong Poh Kam
    Professor Wong Poh Kam, from the School of Business at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Director for NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, spoke to THink about the teaching of entrepreneurship, the rise of social entrepreneurship and developing the sector’s ecosystem.
  • Sowing the Seeds of Change
    Siam Organic takes on poverty among Thai farmers.
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THink Digest Issue No. 4: Bridging the Gaps


Any effort to improve our current situation and the well-being of our society is most effective when we acknowledge the existence of gaps: the divides between policies and its implementation, the complaints of under- and over-resourced, the contrast between the haves and the have-nots, and other obvious and hidden gaps among generations, countries and societies. For this fourth issue of THink, contributors write about gaps they have observed — and the potential solutions to bridge these gaps.

In this issue:

  • Feature: The Diplomacy of China 3.0: How to Be Creatively Involved in World Affairs
  • Higher Education Reform in Cambodia since 1990s: How or What for?
  • The Early Childhood Practice Gap: A Matter of Context
  • Where Are the Youth in Agriculture?
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