Monday, 10 August

Creating histories, memories, and narratives is essentially storytelling. The workshops during this day are interested not just with the stories that exist in Singapore but also with the act of storytelling.


Firstly, participants will unpack and explore the stories that we’ve been told over the decades: Where do they come from and who created them?


Secondly, participants will look into the process of telling stories: Who gets to hear our stories, and more importantly, who gets to tell their own stories and who doesn’t?



Reframe or Be Framed: Countering Dominant Narratives

10:30am SGT

Is Singapore really a tiny island without natural resources that can only depend on its people for a strong economy? To what extent did our founding fathers transform Singapore from a small fishing village to an economic powerhouse? How effective is recycling in tackling climate change? Does hard work always lead to success in meritocratic Singapore?


These and more will be asked during this workshop. Instead of taking these narratives and ideas at face value, we will bookend them with question marks. We will challenge ourselves to interrogate the underlying assumptions and implications involved.


This workshop will encourage you to investigate preconceived notions and dominant narratives, while ideating tools to subvert these stories.

This workshop will be limited to 20 participants and will require additional registration. We will contact you with further details after registration.

We have also prepared programme descriptions in plain English here.

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Speaking Up, Speaking With, Speaking To: How do we communicate equitably in an unequal world?


This session draws attention to the urgency of rethinking how we communicate change. “Marginalised communities are most affected by the climate crisis,” “Covid-19 affects the most vulnerable”. We all know this. So where do we go from here? How do we build a movement that centres the communities most vulnerable to crises?


We will first hear from panelists who care about a myriad of social and environmental issues and have done work on communicating social change, before diving into breakout groups where participants will work together to envision and create communicative principles and resources. This workshop hopes to create a space to collectively dig deep and reflect on how we are communicating social issues across the following points.


‘Speaking Up’ asks us when we ought to voice our own causes, and when we should choose to hold back for others: Can we share space equitably when some have megaphones, while others can only whisper?


‘Speaking With’ addresses the ethics of representing the experiences of others when demanding social change, particularly marginalised communities: What does genuine allyship look like?

‘Speaking To’ questions the efficacy of the way we speak to each other, to the people we want to persuade, and to the State: What are the different registers we need to use in different spaces, and  do they promote access or risk exclusion?


This workshop will be limited to 30 participants and will require additional registration.

We have also prepared programme descriptions in plain English here.