SINGAPORE: YOUR CLASSROOM FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION.
Go deep into the inner workings of the Singapore 'miracle' - gain access to a wealth of knowledge, expertise and inspiration, equip yourself with the tools for your journey, and prototype solutions that make an impact. Whether you're seeking to address a need in your community, an area of potential in your organisation, or a concrete way to make your vision a reality, go #glocal - empower your students or team as global citizens, ready to take on the most pressing challenges in their own community.
social innovation bootcamp
social impact toolkit
service learning toolkit (workshops)
social innovation bootcamps & learning journeys (residential)
Challenge what you know about the world around you - through hands-on workshops, community trails, and meetings with local change-makers, build perspectives and learn to identify the issues beneath the surface. Build up your own toolkit of knowledge, frameworks, inspiration and tools that will enable you to design, implement, and evaluate innovative solutions to social challenges!
"I have always wanted to be a social scientist, so this course really corresponds with my interests. I understood more about the hidden problems of Singaporean communities that other tourists or even local people might have ignored. Workshops gave me a better understanding about issues, and I comprehend the importance of solving them through my personal experience"
the skillseed difference
Skillseed straddles a unique space of being both practitioners and trainers, so our training is very much informed and nuanced by our experience and insights gleaned from over half a decade of field work, research and consultancy conducted both locally and overseas. We are candid about sharing real case studies of both success and failure, and we also bring to the table best practices we have learned from our global community partners who are doing incredible work in their respective fields.
We look forward to sharing what we have learned with you!
social impact toolkit
Build your capacity to innovate and make an impact that sustains - cultivate creative confidence, encourage entrepreneurial dare, empathise with your stakeholders, learn to identify assets, and work together for sustainable solutions! Be your own curator from our suite of offerings, or opt for the whole package for a comprehensive training in an entrepreneurial approach to social impact. See samples of the canvases we use during our workshops here.
Design Thinking For Social Impact
1) CRASH COURSE: 3.5 hours
2) FULL COURSE: 8 hours over 2-3 sessions - recommended as we include exercises to increase creativity!
3) TRAIN THE TRAINERS: 12 Hours - intensive training for educators or leaders who wish to adapt our curriculum for a specific event, project or camp. Inquire to find out more.
Hands-on workshop, participants to work in pairs. For up to 100 participants!
A human-centric approach to crafting solutions addressing identified needs, customized by Skillseed to target social issues, or issues faced by youths today, such as body image issues or parental pressures.
This particular framework that we used also incorporated empathetic interviewing skills and rapid prototyping of solutions, which are critical to participants’ implementation of their ideas.
Asset-Based Community Development
2 hours - Lecture and hands-on team activity
An applied methodology for development, sustained and anchored by communities' diverse assets.
ABCD builds on DT by encouraging participants to identify and leverage communities’ assets in the design of their solutions. This enhances the practicality of their proposed solution and improves the longer term sustainability.
We strongly recommend that organizations choose both DT and ABCD modules for greater effectiveness.
Delving into Dignity
1.5 hour - Theory and games/simulations
Promoting dignity is integral to building respectful and sustainable relationships with community partners in social impact projects. In this Module, participants will learn about the concept of Dignity through hands-on simulations/games before learning about strategies to promote dignity in stakeholder engagements.
Also suitable for service learning projects.
Theory of Change
3.5 hours - Lecture and team activity
The Theory of Change is a methodology that defines long-term and short-term outcomes and maps them backwards to identify the necessary preconditions and partnerships needed to promote the intended social change.
2 hours - Lecture and team/individual activity
The Logic Model is a systematic, visual way to represent the relationships between various facets of a program, and map the outcomes and impact of projects in relation to the work that participants planned.
The Logic Model was intended to equip participants with the means to conceive their intended impact or outcomes from the start and work backwards to plan the resources and activities that they need for a successful project.
Social Business Model Canvas
3.5 hours - Hands-on team or individual activity
The SBMC adapts the traditional business plan for ventures and projects with a social mission, articulating and communicating the vital facets of a project’s financial sustainability and its social value proposition succinctly on a one page canvas.
Using the SBMC, participants work in teams to capture the different elements of their proposed solution, including their strategies for sustainability, partnerships, marketing, and more.
Compassionate communication competencies
3 hours - Theory and hands-on team activities
In this Module, Participants will learn and practise the following skills which build upon each other to achieve the most effective community engagement outcomes:
Affirming Responses TM
7 Core Competencies of Compassionate Communication TM.
The Skillseed Experience begins with comprehensive pre-trip training: Tailored to each school's educational objectives and targeted outcomes of each international learning journey, our S-L toolkit arms students with the necessary sensitivities, competencies, and contextual awareness to maximise their time and impact in host communities.
from the field
1 hour - Sharing Session by the Skillseed Team or related practitioners
Learn from practitioners who work on the ground and walk the talk as leaders in their field. Go behind the scenes of your aspiration and gain access to role models making a difference.
1.5 hour - Hands-on team building activity with facilitated reflection session
Bespoke exercises exploring the complexities of privilege, diversity and identity, cultivating empathy between individuals, within teams and across borders.
Talk to us to find out more about our range of EEs targeting different themes and topics!
* The S-L Toolkit is included as a core component of all Skillseed overseas learning journeys departing from Singapore! Schools not engaging us for the overseas component of their programmes are still encouraged to work with us to prepare their students for their S-L endeavours, drawing on the modules in Skillseed's S-L toolkit.
1.5 hour - Lecture and interactive quizzes
When travelling - expect the unexpected! This workshop projects participants into their journey beyond their comfort zone, challenging them to manage unforeseen situations empathetically empathetically and respectfully.
1.5 hour - Hands-on team activity
Grapple with your impact and responsibilities as a traveller - learn to manage your power and privilege respectfully, and how choices - however small - make an impact.
1 hour - Workshop by native of host country
An introduction to the culture of the host country from a local - pick up the basics of the language, understand the 'do's and don'ts', and gain exposure to its sights, sounds, and flavours.
Sample case studies
1) raiSE Social Enterprise Young Talent Programme
Skillseed was appointed by Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) to be the trainer and programme organizer for their Social Enterprise Young Talent Programme (SEYTP), which took place from Mar -Sep 2017 (1st batch) and from Sept 17 to Feb 18 (2nd batch). The aim of the SEYTP was to develop a strong pipeline of high quality and passionate young talents to drive growth in the social enterprise sector, and involved us training a select group of outstanding youths in social innovation tools, as well as curating learning journeys and workshops to expose the talents to prevailing social issues and the social sector.
We conducted training in areas such as:
Design Thinking for Social Impact (DT applied to social causes, rather than focused on entrepreneurship)
Identity and Goal Setting (Especially for Youth who may be embarking on their first careers; to align personal goals with professional aspirations)
Empathy Exercises (Team-building for a purpose; simulations of social issues in order to build empathy)
Collaboration Zen (Teaching about project management and collaboration tools for effective project management especially in a fast paced and manpower constrained social enterprise/non-profit)
We also curated learning journeys and workshops with other fellow social enterprises to allow them to get to know the diversity of causes and innovative solutions that are currently being spearheaded.
2) SPD (Serving People with Disabilities) Youth Development Programme
Similarly, Skillseed was appointed the trainer for SPD in their inaugural Youth Development Programme (YDP), where we trained youth with disabilities in social innovation and project management skills to become changemakers able to enhance community inclusion through social inclusion projects. In this 1.5 year programme, we developed and customized the Social Impact Toolkit to better fit the different requirements of the youths attending and also created mentoring sessions throughout the programme to follow up on the youths' progress.
Areas of training are similar to the above, but included customized aspects such as:
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) profiling and advisory
Asset Based Community Development
Social Business Model Canvas
Pitching to Yes! (Technical session on pitching and building a pitch deck)
Peer-to-peer bonding sessions with each other as well as with external youth volunteers