This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Social Innovation, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


The biggest social innovator in Singapore has long been the Singapore government itself – innovations such as Central Provident Fund (a social security savings plan), Electronic Road Pricing (for the Central Business District) and the Marina Bay Reservoir (originally a confluence of several river systems) are a few examples of how it has addressed some of the long term social, urban and environmental challenges that this small country with no natural resources faces. The Singapore Economic Development Board itself has also been cited by Volans as a pioneer in social innovation in their report on The Phoenix Economy.

But the picture of social innovation in Singapore is a fast evolving one. The past 4 years have seen a number of civil society and non-profit organisations enter into the social innovation space. The language of social innovation is embedded in the people sector, although the practice of it less so.

See also Social Innovation Articles and Social Innovation Events.

Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Aaron Maniam, Bernise Ang, Calvin Chu, Carl Baptista, Daryl Arnold, Dave Lim, Elim Chew, Ernest Goh, Fredrik Härén, James Norris, Jared Tham, Kevin Teo, Olivier Le Neel, Patsian Low, Penny Low, Sandiip Saravanan, Tan Chi Chiu, Tze Yong Ng, Watanan Petersik, Willie Cheng

International Initiatives

Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) is a global community of over 400 individuals and organisations committed to promoting social innovation and growing the capacity of the field. Its secretariat is based within the Young Foundation, and its Singapore member is the Lien Centre for Social Innovation.

DESIS is a network of schools of design and other schools, institutions, companies and non-profit organizations interested in promoting and supporting design for social innovation and sustainability.

SG Initiatives

The Lien Centre for Social Innovation, a partnership between the Lien Foundation and Singapore Management University, was established to advance the thinking and capability of the not-for-profit sector. Its mission is to inspire ideas and innovations, foster new alliances and facilitate solutions to strengthen the non-profit sector.

Social Innovation Park is an impartial, not-for-profit organisation that incubates social entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide to bring positive innovations to lives and societies. Its PaTH Market initiative showcases the art and handicrafts from its social enterprise talent development platform, at VivoCity shopping mall every first and last weekend of the month from 11:00am to 10:00pm.

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneursmen and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka Singapore is in the process of being set up.

Eden Strategy Institute helps leading global corporations, governments, and non-profit organizations achieve social impact by designing new growth platforms, operations, products, and services, and aligning them with market forces and developmental opportunities. Eden also runs Eden Ventures, a business incubator for social enterprises, as well as Eden Academy, a non-profit think tank that researches industries create enduring profits by addressing pressing global issues.

WATATAWA - WATATAWA (Walk the Talk, Talk the Walk) is a strategy and communications firm which helps clients earn the respect and trust of customers, employees, the media, or any group that influences or impacts their business. Profit-MAD is a unique methodology that helps organisations re-focus their philanthropic intentions to create social initiatives which are not only impactful but also sustainable.

Key Projects

Social iCon is a bienniel social innovation conference organised by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation.

Global Social Innovators Forum is an annual conference organised by Social Innovation Park.

Videos & Publications

Social Innovation: What it is, Why it matters, and How it can be Accelerated, Geoff Mulgan, 2007.

The Phoenix Economy: 50 Pioneers in the Business of Social Innovation, is a market intelligence report by Volans. It shows how leading entrepreneurs, investors and businesses are thinking as they develop and scale market solutions to a broad array of economic, social, envinronmental and governance challenges.

Eden Strategy Institute's Social Innovation Blog is a collection of the latest industry trends, news, and ideas in the area of Social Innovation across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

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