programme

Explore our rich selection of events and workshops below, and get ready to dive into a world of impact.

Monday, 11 September

  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Opening Event: Journeys in Social Impact
    (Registration and pizza reception from 12pm)

Tuesday, 12 September

  • 10:00am - 11:45am
    My Social Space A Dialogue on Social Inclusion
     
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Social Tech and Impact Investment Showcase
     
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm
    Listening: A Journey Deep Within

Wednesday, 13 September

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Allyship 101
     
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Marketing Sustainable Fashion Brands

Thursday, 14 September

  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Exploring Storytelling: What's the Story to be Told?

Friday, 15 September

  • 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Photography for Social Impact
     
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Bareknuckle Smartphone Filmmaking

Saturday, 16 September

  • 1:30pm - 5:30pm
    Leadership for the Greater Good

Monday, 11 September

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Opening Event: Journeys in Social Impact
Lien Centre for Social Innovation
1:00pm - 4:30pm (Registration and pizza reception from 12pm)
Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, School of Accountancy
Free

Gracing the opening event of the SMU Social Impact Festival as Guest of Honour is Mr Heng Chee How, Senior Minister of State (Prime Minister's Office). The programme features speed presentations from individuals and organisations passionate about social impact, a panel featuring professionals in the consulting, government and philanthropy sectors, and music and dance performances.

Panelists include Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard (Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore), Her Excellency Nancy Lynn McDonald (High Commissioner of Canada in Singapore), Ramandeep Sidhu (Assistant Director, Philanthropy & Partnerships , National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre), and Vadivu Govind (Founder, Joy Works).

The event will include a pizza reception from 12pm, a performance by the Down Syndrome Association’s drum group, and impact presentations from changemakers!


Tuesday, 12 September

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My Social Space A Dialogue on Social Inclusion
Lien Centre for Social Innovation
10:00am - 11:45am

School of Law, Seminar Room 2.02
Free - FULL

The newest issue of Social Space magazine has just dropped, and the theme is Social Inclusion. In this session, hear the authors from the issue discuss their different takes on the topic and their unique stories, emceed by Social Space's Deputy Editor Eunice Rachel Low and moderated by LCSI's Executive Director Jonathan Chang. Speakers include Mark Lin, Deputy Director, Special Projects (Eldercare) at Montfort Care; Chris Oestereich, author, sustainability consultant and Director of Publications at Thammasat University School of Global Studies; and Magdelene Yip, Board Secretary at Mamre Oaks, a centre for adults with intellectual disabilities. 

 

 
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Social Tech and Impact Investment Showcase
ImpacTech & SMU Social Enterprise
2:00pm - 3:30pm
School of Law, Seminar Room 2.04
Free - Only SMU student tickets left!

Learn about the social tech ecosystem and the exciting opportunities in the field with social tech accelerator ImpacTech, teams from their programme, and SMU Social Enterprise as they discuss the role of digital technology in addressing social needs.

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Listening: A Journey Deep Within
Yale-NUS Social Emotional Leadership Club
7:00pm - 9:30pm
SMU Administration Building, Executive Studios 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
Free - FULL

Experience the power of listening at Listening: A Journey Deep Within, an experiential workshop that invites you to practice listening as connection at its deepest. Led by the Yale-NUS Social Emotional Leadership (SEL) Club, you’ll learn how you can create a space of possibility, healing, and empowerment in your personal and professional life that heals relationships, and reveals who others—and we ourselves—really are.


Wednesday, 13 September

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Allyship 101
Out To Care
10:00am - 12:00pm
School of Law, Seminar Room 2.03
Free

What is gender identity and sexual orientation? What does it mean to be an ally to your LGBTQ+ peers? At this student-led Allyship 101 workshop, participants will learn about the concept and process of allyship, intentions and impact, systems of privilege, and identities and expressions. Persons of all gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome.

(This workshop is restricted to SMU students, alumni, faculty and staff only).

Marketing Sustainable Fashion Brands
Connected Threads Asia, Impact Hub Singapore, Fashion Revolution SG
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Impact Hub, 128 Prinsep Street
Free, but donation encouraged

Sustainable fashion is in season: learn how you can do your part as a designer, producer, or consumer of fashion to incorporate sustainability into your business or community.

Designed around the theme “Sustainability is Sexy”, this session will explore the future of sustainable fashion in Asia; how sustainable fashion can be marketed in a fun and engaging way; and how your favourite businesses and brands can draw upon their sustainability efforts to shape powerful, media- and consumer-ready brand stories.


Thursday, 14 September

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Exploring Storytelling: What's the Story to be Told?
SUTW Impact Consulting
2:00pm - 5:00pm

School of Law, Seminar Room 2.03
$10

Story is one of the most ancient, and useful, of human tools—if you know how to wield it. In this workshop, explore what makes a compelling story, and use the tools of storytelling experts to find and build effective stories: stories that can help you in your quest to make a positive impact in the world.


Friday, 15 September

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Photography for Social Impact
imaginem & Shade Photography
10:00am - 1:00pm
School of Law, Seminar Room 2.01
Free

Learn how to take good photographs and go on a journey around Bras Basah, with individuals from 4 social sector organisations, during our photography workshop. Together with social impact photography startup imaginem and visual producer Erwin Tan, you will acquire the skills you need to be a visual storyteller (with the tools you already have!), and leave ready to tell impactful social stories through the lens of any camera. In addition, get to interact with friends from Teen Challenge, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Federation, IMH-Chat and Mental Wellness Support Group.

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Bareknuckle Smartphone Filmmaking
StoryCraft Academy
2:00pm - 5:00pm

School of Law, Seminar Room 2.03
$10

When asked about the future of cinema, famous filmmaker Christopher Doyle answered: “the iPhone”. He wasn't kidding.

Communicating your stories (whether organisational or personal) is important for impact. Video is the language of the internet, and you already have an amazing filmmaking machine in your pocket—the Smartphone! Whether you are a social entrepreneur, aspiring filmmaker, travel blogger, communications professional or student ,or just want to capture precious family moments, this will be the most fulfilling 2 hours you will spend on the phone this year. We're not kidding.


Saturday, 16 September

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Leadership for the Greater Good
Columbia University Club of Singapore, SIPA Alumni Community of Singapore, Yale-NUS Social Emotional Leadership Club, Lien Centre for Social Innovation. Network partner: Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore

1:30pm - 5:30pm
SMU Administration Building, Level 6, University Lounge
$35 (Public), $15 (Student)

Registration is closed.

It is time for us to rethink how we live, lead and learn. In this experiential half-day event, interact with speakers from diverse industries – law, finance, food and beverage, nonprofit and education – who each break the norm in empowering ways and lead successfully by serving the greater good.

We believe in leadership that begins from Being – who you are comes before, and eventually guides what you do. Leadership for the Greater Good comprises two panels and a workshop on the practice of inspirational leadership, unpacked into three elements:

Self-Leadership: We exercise power over our own lives and choices. We are aware of our strengths and vulnerabilities and committed to our personal growth. We cultivate wisdom by being receptive to life's lessons for us. We learn and grow from adversity.

Relational Leadership: We lead others with love. We are committed to their growth and wellbeing as whole human beings. We enable people in our care to build relationships with each other that nourish and uplift them.

Mission-based Leadership: We serve the greater good. We are attentive to unmet needs as well as assets. We cultivate creativity, courage and tenacity to make positive change in our spheres of influence.