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== Objective ==
== Objective ==

Revision as of 02:22, 15 January 2020

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Register here, by Jan 27, 2020: Google Form Link


To help interested parties come together to collectively make sense of social issues by sharing information, identifying needs, assessing gaps and offering ideas/solutions.


  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, via a multi-level / network marketing approach.
  3. Have the option to consult experts to give you insights.
  4. Make sense of and present the collective knowledge base to policymakers, NGOs & academics at Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Roundtables or Community Forum.
  5. 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).


  1. Find at least one friend to form a small group (Feb 2020).
  2. Agree on a social cause (e.g., Seniors), community asset (e.g., Community Artists) or locality (e.g., Whampoa) in Singapore.
  3. Register your interest here (Google Form link)
  4. Kick-off event (1 Feb 2020) (insert details to event, venue and programme). 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 (Insert Google Doc template)).
  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 - just cut & paste to in a Google doc
    • Ask for feedback and highlight any challenges faced – also cut & paste this to Google doc
  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 technical assistance or research suggestions, e.g. search strategy or how to integrate bits of info if you are not sure where or how it fits.
  9. Mid-point check in (2 May 2020) (insert details to event, venue and programme). 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 come provide insights and inputs to what you have contributed to so far.
  10. Near the end of July, take stock of the whole 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, and it is less so about the quality of the knowledge base, but about the experience participating (Insert template for presentation?)
  11. Completion Party & Presentation (1 Aug 2020). (insert details to event, venue and programme). Since you will not have met all the people who participated in your page, this is time to meet everyone. Your team will also present the findings as well as the experience of doing this wiki challenge.
  12. Present at Roundtables and/or Community Forum (Oct 2020). Teams will have the chance to present to key stakeholders in your respective sector, with best presentations (assessed for quantity and quality of knowledge) also eligible for a larger Community Forum in Oct 2020.

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  • Acquire skills on needs assessments and asset mapping. Wiki pages are structured in a needs assessment format, and records useful resources and assets. Participants can also gain experience engaging with policymakers and NGOs.
  • Contribute to policy or practice. Presentation to policymakers, NGOs and academics helps inform the work they do, and also gives useful exposure and contributes to participants' own CV.
  • Democratisation of research. Allows those without a voice to meaningfully contribute to a collective knowledge base instead of rely on others to define the issues for them.
  • Contributing the the commons.
  • An experiment in decentralised collaboration.

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 to sign up?

Please fill in this Google Form to register your interest

Contact Andrew (andrew.lim@nus.edu.sg) or Justin (justin.lee@nus.edu.sg) if you have further questions.

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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