• Welcome to our community blog.

    June 27, 2019 by

    This is a collective blog for members of the Community Development Network SG to share their experiences and reflections in a longer form essay than what is possible in either our Facebook group or our Google group forum.

  • Points from ‘This is What Inequality Looks Like’

    January 14, 2021 by

    My friend Adrian Kwek (who is trained as a philosopher) read the book, enjoyed it, and took notes that he sent me, so you might consider this to be what seems interesting to someone outside the social sector. But basically, I’m lazy, so now at least I can pretend to talk intelligently about something I… Read more

  • Why Community Development Should Be Seen Through the Lens of Permaculture

    January 13, 2021 by

    I should preface this post by stating that I am both a neophyte in permaculture and an armchair observer of community development. However, I do enjoy reading good books, and am currently reading an introductory book on permaculture called Gaia’s Garden. I’ve only just begun reading it, and it has already given me wonderful insights… Read more

  • What to attend at Community Forum 2020

    October 26, 2020 by

    For a full list of the events, go to our community forum eventbrite site Click on this to get some background information about the Community Forum 2020 All events have a beginning, middle and end. Come join us for the opening panel discussion, where we will hear about how to arrive at simplicity on the… Read more

  • When two paragraphs in a disability report struck home

    February 12, 2020 by

    A few days ago before DORSCON hit orange, I was editing a report on issues faced by caregivers of children and youth with special needs, born out of a discussion involving caregivers and different stakeholders. (Just a note: feel free to replace my descriptor with ‘special needs children/youth’, ‘persons with disabilities’, ‘disabled people’, ‘differently-abled individuals’,… Read more

  • Case Studies on Community Development & Researcher’s Guilt

    February 3, 2020 by

    Official documents and research reports don’t tell you the juicy and gossipy details behind the scenes, which is why I like this blog. It allows me to share gossip without having to repeat myself. IPS, in collaboration with Hana Alhadad published 2 case studies on Beyond Social Services and ArtsWok Collaborative. We had previously done… Read more

  • Two things Chan Chun Sing said caught my attention

    January 20, 2020 by

    At the Institute of Policy Studies’ Singapore Perspectives conference today, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said two things about community that struck me that I thought to jot down quickly. The first was when he talked about how Singapore’s political system needs to evolve. He was making a general point about how… Read more

  • Would We Have Done It Anyway?

    December 9, 2019 by

    In the second half of this year, two interesting events happened. One was the first major autistic-led autism event in Singapore, the other was a caregiver-led carnival for caregivers with young special needs children. These two events were started and planned by communities who would typically be seen as ‘patients’ of the state, receiving aid… Read more

  • The Cost Of Knowing What Poverty Feels Like

    October 30, 2019 by

    Two Fridays ago, I found myself at the swanky new premises of the Ng Teng Fong Centre for Healthcare Innovation. Clutching my cup of $4.50 Huggs cafe latte from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, I somehow managed to find the lift lobby without being overly distracted by several other new, modern glass-covered buildings that had sprung… Read more

  • A Cynic’s View of Beyond Social Services

    October 18, 2019 by

    I am a cynical and judgmental person. It feels natural for me to criticise and I usually resist giving affirmation, even when social niceties call for it. For example, I see people fundraise by swimming or running long distances and wonder why these people can’t just use all that energy to directly volunteer or help.… Read more

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