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This Month @ IPS
IPS organised a workshop to present the findings of two case studies, on two organisations and their unique approaches to community development. Beyond Social Services adopts a strengths-based approach and focuses on community assets, while ArtsWok Collaborative harnesses the arts to create community-based dialogues and participation. Photo: The Block Party, a play devised by Beyond Social Services and The Community Theatre, a theatre group that consists of youth from rental and purchased flat communities. It will be performed at the M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival 2019, which runs from 24 July to 4 August and is presented by ArtsWok Collaborative in conjunction with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. More about it here.
Commentary — “Pegging retirement and re-employment ages to Singaporeans’ healthy life expectancy”
By Christopher Gee and Damien Huang
• 3-min read
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo recently announced that the tripartite labour partners — government, businesses and unions — have agreed that the retirement and re-employment ages in Singapore not only continue to be relevant, but should be increased. IPS researchers Christopher Gee and Damien Huang suggest ways to do so, and the rationale behind them.
One of the main themes of the Singapore story is flux and a restless search for hinterlands. IPS’ 6th S R Nathan Fellow Professor Tan Tai Yong
explores how Singapore has continued to define and redefine its hinterland over the centuries, to sustain its position as a successful port city today.
Commentary — “Fake news law: Calibrated approach, but nimbleness needed”
(The Straits Times)
By Carol Soon and Shawn Goh• 4-min read
The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill provides a calibrated response to the problem of online falsehoods. However, government and technology companies need to work closely to ensure nimbleness in intervention and prevention. An informed citizenry is equally important, and Singaporeans need to keep ourselves informed and make sound assessments when consuming, producing and sharing content.
Recent Releases on the IPS Website – Full-length Reports
IPS Working Papers No. 33 — Religion in Singapore: The Private and Public Spheres
This paper analyses data derived from the Singapore component of a multi-country survey, conducted as part of the International Social Survey Program Study of Religion (2018). The views of 1,800 respondents were examined, on issues relating to religious beliefs and practice, and the role of religion in the public sphere. The survey documents the consensus that Singaporean residents have on interreligious harmony, separation of state and religion, and the appropriate behaviour of religious leaders in the public domain.
The Singapore Bicentennial Conference
The Institute of Policy Studies is organising The Singapore Bicentennial Conference
, which will be held on 30 September and 1 October 2019 at the Raffles City Convention Centre. Its objective is to reflect on the ways that Singapore’s history can provide important ballast for the country, a global city-state, as it navigates the uncertain age that the world seems to have entered.
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