#SpeakUpBeHeardDoSomething – That’s the mantra we’ve had since last year when we put together the first ever public discourse on sensitive (and some would say contentious) issues such as The Singapore Identity, Racism, Socio-Economic Divide and Terrorism.
The 1-day CommaCon* Convention was held on Saturday, 15 October 2016. The convention saw more than 500 participants, mainly youth under the age of 35, participate in authentic no-holds-barred conversations where difficult questions were asked and addressed. Seeing how we didn’t have to break up any fights and those who came actually went away smiling, and even managed to make new friends, we’d like to think that the convention was a success.
And now that we know that Singapore is ready for such conversations, we hope to continue the efforts to further distil and deconstruct the meaning and understanding of social cohesion in light of the prevailing undercurrents. This is where the CommaCon Campaign comes in.
We believe that a conversation can effect change. Which is why we need to have regular Dialogue where Ideas can be shared and where possible, be put into Actions. So, our DIA platform is not simply talking sessions but rather, it’s an opportunity for substantive exchanges to take place. And for those who are shy or choose to express themselves in another way, we have workshops where you can still engage in the conversations but without having to say a word. See which of our events interests you and register soon for places are limited.
Let’s do this.
* CommaCon is a combination of the words comma and conversation. We chose this term to mean that while conversations do pause, they should not stop. The conversations that started at the convention should continue beyond it.