In partnership with ACSEP, AVPN is organising a private roundtable event for members, prospective members and those with a strong interest in venture philanthropy. Theme: How to structure and operate a venture philanthropic organization. NUS Business School, 12th March. By invitation only, limited to 20 participants
ACSEP/NEC Social Entrepreneurship Talk by Dr Michael Liffman, Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Attendees: 33.
Co-organised with NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (NEC), Prof Muhammed Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, organised a social business forum for corporate leaders as part of Social Business Week. Registration was over-subscribed. Attendees: 240
Social Enterprise Session – “Be a global citizen : How youth can make it happen”, held on 15th February. Social Entrepreneurs sharing their experiences with interested students. Attendees: 35.
Landscape Study on Donations and Grant Making Entities in Singapore by Prof Lam Swee Sum and Gabriel Henry Jacob.
Discussion on the new rules of business leadership and the importance of incorporating sustainability in the corporate agenda. Organized by AkzoNobel and supported by ACSEP.
Antonio Meloto, Founder of Gawad Kalinga,
Tex Gunning, Akzo Board Member,
Jeremy Rowe, MD of AkzoNobel Decorative Paints South East Asia & Pacific,
Prof Albert Teo, Associate Professor, NUS Business School.
Philanthropic Speaker series talk with guest speaker, Dr Pamala Wiepking, Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on cross-national and interdisciplinary explanations of philanthropy and is funded by a veni grant from the Netherlands Scientific Organization. We present an overview of the academic literature on philanthropy, divided in two parts: 1. Who gives how much; 2. Why people give. In part 1 Dr Wiepking surveyed the literature on characteristics of individuals and households that are related to giving. In part 2, she identified eight mechanisms as the most important forces that drive giving: (1) awareness of need; (2) solicitation; (3) costs and benefits; (4) altruism; (5) reputation; (6) psychological benefits; (7) values; (8) efficacy. Her research evaluated the progress in the almost 500 studies they reviewed and suggested directions for future research on philanthropy.
ACSEP and the NUS Museum co-organized an Art Activism held in The Salon, National Museum of Singapore, as a parallel event of Singapore Biennale 2011. At this symposium, an audience of about 100 individuals listened to the inspiring stories of 4 south-east Asian artists, who shared how they used art as a medium to raise awareness of social issues and challenges and how to effectively, through art, engage in social intervention. Mr Tisna Sanjaya from Indonesia spoke on his efforts to clear a garbage dump site and build a cultural centre in its stead. Ms Alma Quinto from the Philippines touched the audience with her story of how she used art to bring about healing and reconciliation among marginalized communities of women and children. Mr Kamin Lertchaiprasert from Thailand talked about his project to create a cultural space for young alternative artists and social artists to dialogue, network and engage the public. And Mr Mark Salvatus from the Philippines shared how he used street art to engage communities from different parts of the world, getting them to reflect on their identities and their connections to material things and the environment. At the conclusion of the symposium, members of the audience were moved to reflect on how they could also engage in social intervention in the context of their own workspaces.