Inspirations for a Better World

SINGAPORE reprises the key messages of three global thought leaders who were keynote speakers at the Singapore International Foundation’s Ideas for A Better World Forum series. 

One of the big challenges with communicating causes is that you get so involved in it yourself that you think, ‘this is really interesting’ — but a whole lot of people out there don’t actually find it interesting. That’s why we must never try to control the message, because as soon as we do that, it will start to die.

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— Andy Ridley, Co-founder of Earth Hour on his team’s deliberate policy of not policing the community, and allowing anybody to be an Earth Hour organiser. Letting people just ‘run with it’ in this manner led to 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories switching off their lights for one hour in 2012.

 

 How can we contain prejudice and counter forces of hatred if we don’t come to know more about each other? These are not casual concerns, but highly important issues in a world filled with tension and strife. When people try to understand each other, conflict will be reduced. I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it will be reduced.

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— Jim Leach, Chairman, US National Endowment for the Humanities, on the importance of history and story-telling to better understand human experience and behaviour. [Photo: Courtesy of Greg Powers and Audrey Crewe]

 

 

People care but they don’t know what to do.They think ‘oh, I’m just one person’… my message is that every person makes a difference everyday. You make an impact and you have a choice. Once people get that and think about the consequences, they start making a change. A small change may be nothing, but multiply it by a million people and it’s huge.

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— Dr Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist and global environmental advocate, on how individuals can make a difference. [Photo: Courtesy of Michael Neugebauer]

 

 

The Singapore International Foundation’s Ideas for a Better World Forum series brings global thought leaders, change makers and local experts together to discuss social solutions and inspire action for good. Visit www.sif.org.sg for more information.


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