Civic Experiment & Wiki Challenge

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Register here, by Feb 27 2020, 2359 hours: Google Form Link

Overview

If you're passionate about social issues in Singapore, this Wiki Challenge is for you! This is an initiative by socialcollab.sg, where people can contribute what they know about social issues that they care about. Participants can share information, identify needs, assess gaps and offer ideas or solutions. Together, we can build our knowledge of local social problems and come up with ground-up solutions. 

The challenge will start in March and last till July 2020. Feel free to sign up with your friends, and adopt a wiki page together. Come join us in this half year civic experiment & wiki challenge!

Introducing Socialcollab.sg

Through an online wiki platform and community networks, socialcollab.sg facilitates the citizen mapping and sensemaking of social needs, gaps and solutions in Singapore. 

We use a wiki platform to take stock of: 1) Social needs in Singapore, 2) Existing services and communal resources available, 3) Determine service or policy gaps and their causes, as well as 4) Identify possible solutions to those challenges.

We have 3 overarching aims:

  • To build a continually updated repository of research written by the people, for the people. This democratises research, and ensures that the marginalised have their voices heard in policymaking and research.
  • To nurture an active community of contributors and even policy networks that shares and refines policy recommendations and advocacy together. 
  • To learn from and with practitioners, policymakers and more social service organisations with forums, roundtables or a Community Forum organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) this year.

Since July 2016, socialcollab.sg has successfully partnered many local organisations working on various social causes: Disability (Disabled People’s Association, NVPC, NYC) Ex-Offenders (SANA), Migrant Workers (HealthServe), Seniors (Tsao Foundation). An example of a policy network would be the Disability Community Network, formed by  disability organisations, VWOs and other relevant community assets that truly and authentically represent the interests of the disability community. Other organisations currently provide support for IT infrastructure, knowledge architecture and community engagement, such as the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, A*Star, Institute of Policy Studies, Asian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.

What do Participants do?

  1. Adopt a page (Social Cause, Community Asset or Locality) and populate it from Feb to July 2020.
  2. Recruit others with the same interest to do it together with you.
  3. Optional: Consult experts to give you insights.
  4. Optional: Make sense of and present the collective knowledge base to policymakers, NGOs & academics at Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Roundtables or Community Forum2020 .
  5. Optional: Form a ground-up community network to sustain future contributions and dialogue if there is sufficient interest (e.g. Disability Community Network, Community Development Network).

Here's how you can get started!

  1. Find at least one friend to form a small group (Mar 2020).
  2. Agree on a social cause (e.g., Seniors), community asset (e.g., Community Artists) or locality (e.g. Whampoa) in Singapore to analyse.
  3. Register your interest here (Google Form link)
  4. Kick-off event (29 Feb 2020, Sat). We will take a screenshot of the pages teams have adopted for a 'Before' snapshot and compare it with a post-event 'After' snapshot.
  5. Populate the wiki page with what you know, from research to newspaper articles to anecdotes - citing sources where available appropriately. You are encouraged to populate at least 1 item a week (and keep a record of your contributions using the template here).
  6. While you might start with a main page, you can create as many sub-pages where you think it makes sense. For example, Disability is a hub page for sub-pages such as Hearing Impairment, Arts & Disability.
  7. Recruit others to help populate information, and check in weekly with them.
    • Document what you and your immediate recruits have contributed
    • Ask for feedback and highlight any challenges faced
  8. Forward issues or any requests for IPS to help with - contact Andrew (andrew.lim@nus.edu.sg) or Justin (justin.lee@nus.edu.sg). We can provide assistance regarding technical issues, research (available resources, writing tips, integrating and organising information). We can also assist you in reaching out to relevant practitioners and organisations.
  9. Mid-point check in (2 May 2020, Sat). Here, we will help you take stock and make sense of the knowledge base you have collated so far. We will also invite practitioners, academics and policymakers to provide insights and inputs to what you have contributed thus far.
  10. Near the end of July, take stock of the entire knowledge base you have consolidated (with whoever is interested to in your network), and prepare a simple presentation. Don't worry, this will not be a formal presentation! We would like to learn more about your contributions to socialcollab.sg, but more importantly, what you have experienced and learnt from the Wiki Challenge. Here's a list of reflection questions to guide you!
  11. Completion Party & Presentation (1 Aug 2020, Sat). You may not have met all of the contributors for your page, so this is an invaluable opportunity to meet everyone. Your team will also present a final presentation regarding your findings, alongside what you have experienced and learnt from the Wiki Challenge (see previous reflection questions).
  12. Present at Roundtables and/or Community Forum (Oct 2020). Teams will have the chance to present their contributions to key stakeholders in your respective sector. The best presentations (rubric here) would also be be eligible for a larger Community Forum in Oct 2020.

What Participants Can Learn

Participants can:

  • Acquire skills on needs assessments and asset mapping. You can learn more about the way needs and assets are measured, evaluated and analysed. After all, Wiki pages are structured in a needs assessment format and record useful resources and assets. You also gain experience liaising and engaging policymakers and NGOs.
  • Contribute to policy or practice. You can present your findings and learn more from policymakers, NGOs and academics. This helps inform the work they do, while providing useful exposure and experience for you!
  • Democratise research and contribute to the commons. You're taking part in a collective project to crowdsource analysis of social issues and generate their solutions! Your efforts to understand the lived experiences of others allows those without a voice to meaningfully contribute to a collective knowledge base instead of relying on others to set the agenda, or define their challenges and needs for them.
  • Partake in an experiment in decentralised collaboration. Groups can find their own people, form their own networks and decide how they want to work with one another.

Organising Committee

Co-chairs - Andrew Lim & Calissa Man

Members - Darryl Shya & Zhuang Xun Heng

Co-organisers - A Good Space

Advisor - Justin Lee

Want to support this initiative?

If you are a company, foundation or organisation looking to support this initiative, these are some opportunities for consideration:

  • Donations in kind or vouchers to thank participants that act as completion rewards
  • Space or venue for smaller events like Roundtables (30-50 pax) or larger Forums (around 200 pax)
  • Refreshments for events
  • Printing T-shirts to give the participants a sense of commitment and identity, as well as to market socialcollab.sg

However, we welcome any meaningful kind of contributions or deeper kinds of collaborations and if you are keen to propose something, please get in touch with Andrew (andrew.lim@nus.edu.sg) or Justin (justin.lee@nus.edu.sg) if you would like to donate or sponsor this initiative.

  • Internships or sponsored field trips for the best team?
  • Provide IT support and development?
  • Marketing and communications?

How do I sign up?

Please fill in this Google Form to register your interest!

If you have further questions, feel free to contact:

  • Andrew (andrew.lim@nus.edu.sg)
  • Justin (justin.lee@nus.edu.sg)
  • Calissa (@moreteaplease on Telegram, calissaman@gmail.com)

How do I edit the pages?

1. After logging in, click “edit” on the page you would like to edit.

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2. If you’ve landed on the html editing page, click “edit” another time to access the visual editing page.

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3. You may edit on the visual editing page.

  • To add a new section, use the font type “Heading” when writing the section title
  • To add a new sub-section, use the font type “Sub-heading” within the section
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