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Session Topic Synopsis
1 Understanding Creative Activism and what it means to ASEAN Activism is usually tinted with the impression of hippies marching with peace signs which doesn’t work well in most part of Southeast Asia countries. But aesthetics change, and a new kind of activism is afoot with a very different look than the old bell-bottomed sort. This is creative activism, where good ideas meet excellent execution. It usually exists in the form of pranks, stunts, faux newspapers, seed bombing, and unusual graffiti – expressing ideas and taking people by surprise.

This session aims to address the following:
• How useful is creative activism in comparison to old school activism in Southeast Asia in influencing policy changes? Importance and relevance?
• How successful is the region in deploying creative activism?
• How can we set the tone for our movement and facilitate transformative experiences in order to draw people in and keep them engaged?
• How do we unify people from not only vastly different cultures but countries?
• How positive messaging engages a wider audience and contributes to social movements?
• Transnational and national creative activism

2 Art Meets Environmental Activism One of the more established means of creative activism is using art as an approach to spread campaign messages. It is a non-conventional and can be non-invasive to get necessary environmental messages across in a more engaging manner. But also its purpose is to invite people from the fringes of the movement to take a step into the commons.

Through the sharing of practitioners in the various disciplines of arts, we have a deeper understanding of how we can use art and/or engage fellow practitioners to join in the climate movement in the region.

This session, participants will come to learn the following:
• How is art used in environmental activism?
• Effectiveness of art in creating environmental awareness? And making it memorable?
• How to use art as a discourse to become social environmental action?
• Relationship of artist and activists.
• How can activists think more like artists and artists to think more like activists?

3 Creative Use of Urban Spaces By involving the community to celebrate good urban spaces and to enliven urban spaces through good design and programmes, it makes an urban space more engaging for everyone. The importance and value of urban green spaces in cities towards planning and constructing sustainable or eco-cities of 21st century are seen in social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of sustainable development.

Urban green spaces can be a comprehensive tool for long term protection of environmental sustainability through improving the quality of life and air quality, increasing property value due to their amenity and aesthetic characteristics, and reducing the energy costs of cooling buildings. Urban green spaces also can provide ecosystem services in which the recreation and relaxation facilities are especially available to urban dwellers and tourists too. However, there is a growing limited space especially in Singapore, how can one make better use of whatever spaces there are available? Creativity comes into play.

This session, participants will come to learn the following:
• How to plan programmes which actively draws in new and repeat users by giving people reasons to visit?
• Ways to create or enhance urban spaces that is also safe and comfortable enough for people to linger.
• Emphasis on design and details.
• Challenges toward management of urban green spaces
• Integrative approach and environmental sustainability

4 Creative Youth Advocacy Encouraging potential youth-led groups in ASEAN countries to join the larger community and bring about change in environmental concerns. Activities can also provide a space for mutual learning and promote long-term youth participation and active citizenship. The real challenge in youth work is to ensure that participants use their experiences, knowledge and contacts after these activities, to develop local, regional, national and international youth projects and work practices to engage youth in the local community. How do youths lead the effort in environmental advocacy? What are the unique ways in which they are able to do so? And how can youths develop campaigns and contribute to activism?

This session, participants will come to learn the following:
• How to develop and contribute meaningfully in projects or initiatives aiming to address climate change in Southeast Asia?
• What skills do we need to work effectively on projects?
• What steps are needed to empower youth so they acquire such skills?
• Building relationships and securing partnerships
• Developing a youth advocacy strategy

5 Human Dynamics of Climate Change

Climate change is already increasing the odds of extreme weather events across the world. Recent publications including the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest assessment reports have concluded that failure to reduce carbon emissions will lead to huge risks to human health, food security, economic development and international security.


This presentation will give an introduction to the Human Dynamics of Climate Change (HDCC) map, developed by the UK Met Office with funding from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The map illustrates how climate change could affect the global economy as regions connected by trade are affected by changes in crop yield, droughts, flooding and high temperatures. The map gives a visual overview, based on the comprehensive research of the IPCC, of the complex interactions of climate change, water and food availability, population trends and trade patterns; and how these will change significantly by the end of the century if we fail to lower global emissions.  The context of the presentation will focus on the implications of the HDCC for Singapore and Southeast Asia.