Our Singapore Conversation Reveals 26-Member Committee

According to the OurSGConversation website, the members of the committee have been drawn from all walks of life to reflect the diversity of society.

At the press briefing today held at Professor Brawn Cafe, a taxi driver, entertainment artiste, social entrepreneur and government representatives were introduced as members of this committee.

Although they are not functional representatives of particular groups or advocates of particular interests, Mr Heng, who heads the committee, said each member is an individual with interesting perspectives and life experiences.

“I think they will be able to help catalyse this discussion and conversation about our Singapore,” he added.

The idea of a national conversation was first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Message, where he sketched out the vision of Singapore along the themes of Hope, Heart and Home.

Mr Heng also detailed the three main outreach platforms for the national conversation, which is in essence a conversation among Singaporeans.

They are: online platforms, a series of citizen dialogues and a national survey.

Online platforms
A Facebook page “OurSGConversation” has been launched, where ideas and discussions are already emerging.

The website, Twitter (using the hashtag #oursgconv) and other online platforms

A series of citizen dialogues
There will be at least 30 dialogue sessions.

Each session will involve 50 to 150 people, which will be further broken down into groups of 8 to 10 persons with a facilitator to allow for richer and deeper conversation.

National Survey
The survey aims to target 3,000 to 4,000 Singaporeans and is planned for November or December this year.

The committee will conduct their work over two phases. In the first phase, it is an envisioning exercise where broad issues will be discussed.

They include questions such as: “What kind of Singapore do we hope to see? What are the values that underpin the society? What are the changes needed to get there? What role can we play?

The committee will then distil key themes that matter most to Singaporeans from the first phase.

In the second phase, teams will be formed to involve even more Singaporeans who can delve more deeply into each of these areas.

At the press briefing, a new logo embodying the elements of Home, Heart and Hope was also unveiled.

Singaporeans who wish to join in the conversation can check out the website for some ways to do so.

via OurSGConversation

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