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Give Modernization – Take Social Bonding and create SingaVille!

Singapore government to offer consultancy services to various cities around the globe in becoming more developed, where the social bonding is strong; in return – arrange for deep observation and learning of the values that create such environments.

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Most cities of the world are not as developed as Singapore – but city administrators and citizens surely aspire such modern living. That’s something Singapore government can help them with.

On the flip side, it is likely to find more social bond in yet to be developed or developing cities – perhaps just because of simplicities in life:

  • less mechanical and busy life
  • more time to spend with friends and family
  • small neighborhoods more interactions

There might be much to learn from this – for city administrators of modern cities like Singapore.

How to learn:

Why not try out the Yogi Berra approach: "You can observe a lot just by watching.", how to watch? Why not do ‘deep hanging out’ as exemplified by Bronisław Malinowski, a 20th-century anthropologist’ and figure out:

  • The social and moral values
  • Activities that cause stronger bonding
  • Thinking patterns of the citizens
  • Similarities and differences of such societies with Singaporeans

How to get benefit for Singapore citizens:

Whatever the government learns from the other cities – can share with the Singaporeans.

Along the way, will need to find what the Singaporeans want as well. All in while making sure - fun, well-being and betterment is in the core of it all.

How might your concept be scaled in a way that creates even more connections between people?

If Singapore and similar modern cities try to spread their learning on modernization and advancement - imagine how much lives can be touched.

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

This concept is quite grandiose, and calls for a long term planning and implementation. It will perhaps be difficult to arrange for a quick or even short term action.


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Thanks for the suggestion to add the image, I hope what I have put together will serve some purpose. And didn't have any problem uploading :-)

Images of the paintings collected by doing google search and just putting them next to each other.. I hope there won't be any copyright issue :-| .. I have emailed the image owners asking for permission though.