The series of events will help form the focus of the Future-Ready Society Impact Fund. Tote Board launched this Fund to pilot novel solutions that can respond to present-day complexities, as well as emerging issues on the horizon. These solutions will be informed by research, co-designed with partners, and driven by the community.

The projects will also help to build the capabilities of partner organisations, and a more innovative social ecosystem.

Key focal areas for the Fund include, but are not limited to:

  • Building resilient families
  • Empowering communities
  • Deepening meaningful citizen engagement.

Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) will engage in futures-oriented research to identify insights and opportunities, while Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) will focus on curating and incubating solutions that can be piloted. The guiding sensibility of this three-way partnership is to experiment with bold concepts.

In 2023, the theme will be on “Resilient Families and
Empowered Communities

What do resilient families and empowered communities look like?

  • Do we clearly understand what is ideal before we focus on solutions that get us there?
  • Is there a flip side of resilience that we should be aware of?
  • Do our communities really want the responsibilities that come with empowerment, or have they been ready for some time now? 

Should future societies
be more local?

  • Should goods and services be produced locally and regionally to serve the needs of the community?
  • Can money that’s spent on everyday goods, circulate in the local economy, to local businesses so as to provide ample meaningful employment opportunities?

Can peer-to-peer or common-based approaches to societal change complement the dominant professional-led forms of service delivery? 

Can communities self-organise to understand and address their own needs through mutual aid and support?

What is the role of placed-base approaches that focus on tapping into local assets, connecting community partners, and allowing the diversity of possible responses, even as we focus on scaling standardised evidence-based programmes across the nation?

Will Web 3 technologies revolutionise community self-management and non-profit organisational structures through mass participation, or is it merely a fad, and no-tech or low-tech platforms do just as well?

Can real-world games be a force for meaningful social change?

What is the potential of game design in building stronger families and connected communities?

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