In Conversation Series: Sustainable Business Practices – Not Business As Usual

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.

Philanthropy – In Conversation Series: Dr Pamala Wiepking : An Academic Overview of Philanthropy in the Netherlands and Europe

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.

Art Activism Symposium, co-organized with NUS Museum

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.