Polytechnic Forum 2010 Sub – theme 4 Our Leaders
Visit 2 Dialogue in the Dark The Dialogue in the Dark exhibition serves as a platform to experience “otherness”. A reversal of roles is created: sighted people are brought out of their familiar environments, losing the sense they rely on most – their sight. Trained blind people guide them, providing them with security and a sense of orientation – transmitting a world without pictures. The blind and partially sighted guides open the visitors’ eyes in the dark to show them that their world is not “poorer” – just different. Before embarking on the journey through darkness, visitors are shown how to use a long cane and made aware of general health and safety regulations. Visitors are helped to feel safe and secure. Anything that emits light or sound is covered or silenced. Then the journey begins…
What to do? Please arrive on time for your selected tour time. Latecomers will not be allowed into the exhibition. 2. Please do not regroup yourself. We have grouped you together according to gender to ensure that you experience a more pleasant tour experience. 3. Please dress comfortably for your tour. High heels and flip-flops are strongly discouraged, as you may be walking on uneven ground. 4. You will be asked to leave all your valuables, personal belongings and any light and sound-emitting gadgets and objects in the lockers provided before entering the exhibition. To facilitate this process, we advise you not to bring unnecessary items to the exhibition. However, please carry in your pockets some small change (for about $2 in a variety of denominations) to purchase beverages at the cafe, located within the exhibition. (This will add on to your experience in the DiD.) 5. Please note that apart from the beverages sold in the cafe, no other food or beverage should be consumed or brought into the exhibition. 6. Please use the restroom before entering the exhibition.
What NOT to do? You can only enter the exhibition with a Guide. Please be advised that photography and video-taking is not allowed in the exhibition. Do not vandalise, misplace things or take things out from the museum Follow the instructions of the tour guide closely - basic respect/courtesy Please be advised that smoking is not allowed in the exhibition. Please do not enter the exhibition if you are unwell. Should you feel uncomfortable at any point of the tour, do notify your Guide and he/ she will escort you out of the tour. Should you require mobility assistance, please inform our staff. We will do our best to assist you.
Administrative details Please proceed to your respective classrooms at the end of your tour. (NP students to assist with directions). Check with your facilitators with regards to lunch timing (sorry… you are on your own for lunch!) Proceed to NP Alumni House Function Room at 1.40pm for a panel discussion.(Yes, tea is provided!)
Mr Tan Kin Lian Founder and Director of Tan Kin Lian & Associates Pte Ltd Started his insurance career in 1966 in the actuarial department of a local life insurance company. Also worked in various positions as a computer programmer, organization and methods officer and in an actuarial consulting firm. Qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1975. Joined NTUC Income in 1977 as the chief executive officer. Built up the business, assets and sphere of influence over 30 years from a base of $28 million, to over $17 billion as the time of his retirement on 28 February 2007. From 1992 to 1997, Chairman of the International Co-operative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF), an international organization representing 123 insurance groups in 65 countries. Conferred the Friend of Labor Award in 1978, the Public Service Medal in 1983, the Rochdale Medal Award in 1992, the Financial Personality of the Year Award in 2000, the 2001 International Management Action Award, the Public Service Star in 2004, Leading CEO Award 2005 and the Friend of I.T in 2007. Founded Tan Kin Lian & Associates PteLtd after retiring from NTUC Income. Adjunct professor in Singapore Management University.
Mrs Eunice Tay CEO, National Kidney Foundation (from 2nd May 2006) Was in legal practice from 1986 to 1990 Joined the healthcare industry in 1991. In 1994, was special assistant to the managing director of Parkway Group Healthcare Joining the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) in 1997 Became its chief operating officer in 2004
Mr Lionel Yeo Deputy Secretary (Development) Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office Dean & CEO, Civil Service College (from 1st Dec 2008) Deputy CEO of CSC since October 2007. Prior to CSC, he served at the Ministry of Trade & Industry as a director in the Trade Division and at the Ministry of Finance where he was the director for taxation policy. Also worked on cultural and social policy issues at the Ministry of Information, Communications and The Arts and the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports respectively. Graduated with a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics Has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Fellows Program.
Ms Jane Lee Leader of Singapore Women's Everest Team (SWET) Founded the six member Singapore Women’s Everest Team (SWET) team in 2004. Kingpin of the Singapore Women’s Everest Team Also the youngest member of the team. Led the country's first female Everest team to the top after five years of intensive training that included bagging Island Peak and Mera Peak in Nepal and ‘ErFeng’ in the Siguniang mountain range of China. Ex staff member of Republic Polytechnic Featured in The Singapore Hot List in 2009 as one of the 20 people to watch Graduate of National University of Singapore
Mr Harbans Singh (ex-Senior Inspector of Schools at the Ministry of Education and ex-President of Inter Religious Organization (IRO) Singapore (Sikhism)
Rev. Lam KokHiang, the country leader of Campus Crusade for Christ (an interdenominational Christian organization in Singapore)
Why all these event? What are you building up to?
Key events… Vision Conference 07 Oct (1400-1630hrs) Time for the Sub-Themes (ST) to share with everyone else their findings Presentations would be centered around their vision in their respective ST. Explore skits, performances, etc @ 20 mins each. Convey their findings in their Sub-Themes. Aim is to get as much of the 75 students in the subtheme involved as possible in terms of roles. Guest Judge to judge the performances/presentations
Key events… Vision Conference 07 Oct (1400-1630hrs) PRIZES/TOKENS - There will be prizes for: Best Vision Conference Item : 75 prizes (for entire sub-theme) Student Leaders: 2 for each sub-theme Vision Conference Organizing Team: 2 for each sub-theme Final Presenter: 1 from each sub-theme (There will be 5 presenters to rep 5 polys so 1 ST will have 2 delegates selected)
Key events… Closing Ceremony08 Oct (1900-2200hrs) Encore performance of Best Vision Conference Item Student Presentation of “Our Singapore 2030” Dialogue session with GOH, Education Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen
What are we looking to learn? Who are our leaders of tomorrow? What attributes do we expect from the next generation of leaders? Where will they come from? Why do we want them as leaders? The importance of maintaining religious harmony in the world.
In specific… Key Issues for PF2010: New Leadership By 2030, what would be some of the local and global challenges faced by Singapore? How do you propose to tackle these challenges? What more needs to be done so that the youth of today will have what it takes to face these challenges head on in 2030? Engaging the People Who are the “people” of Singapore in 2030? Which leaders do you think would have a greater influence on the people and why? What key principles do future leaders need to bear in mind to ensure a peaceful and prosperous Singapore in 2030? Managing Unity in Diversity With the increasing mix of cultures, races, religions and languages in Singapore, how can the government ensure that all segments of society will still have a ‘voice’ in 2030? Are there any segments of society being marginalized in today’s society? Discuss why this is dangerous and ways in which they can be made to feel a part of society.
In short… Gain insight into qualities good leaders should posses; what is required for a leader in 2030. Dissect if the present system in Singapore will be able to continue producing good leaders for the future. Identify gaps in the present system in Singapore which need to be addressed to produce good leaders for the future.
Trigger questions after DiD The qualities good leaders should possess and what is required for leaders in 2030 What happens when the scenario becomes something which we are foreign to? (Such as total darkness where we need to be guided by the visually challenged?) Do we have mechanisms that can produce alternative types of leaderships if our landscape changes drastically? (Total destruction of the environment or collapse of economy?)