Director, The Thought Collective
Opening Keynote #1 @ Summit 1 Hall
Our greatest challenges in successfully bringing about a transformation in society is not in designing new systems or infrastructure but rather intervening in the culture and behavior of people. No doubt, Singapore excels in the designing of systems that analyze trends and consequently build the infrastructure to support its success, but increasingly we are noticing that the complexity of people, interests and emotions have a large part to play in informing our design. Ignore this, and we would be foolishly investing in inevitable failure.
In his keynote, Tong Yee will be speaking about the complexity of emotion and unpacking for us an understanding of crucial emotions like apathy, cynicism and indifference. We all understand how much these emotions can stunt progress and impede collaboration, but are we also cognizant of how we contribute to the origin and growth of these emotions, how we can meaningfully address them and why addressing this is crucial pillar of our strategy come the next few decades.
Workshop #4 @ Room 326
Any successful change is a result of the strength of the organisation that executes it. We all know that it isn’t the brilliance of an idea that brings successful implementation of transformative change but rather it depends on the character and composition of the team that is assembled. But how exactly do we build teams primed for innovation and change?
In this workshop, Tong Yee will be sharing how organisations are essentially linguistic phenomenon. The most successful organisations are made up of a complex but resilient weave of assessments, promises, and conversations. Through designing a platform for uncomfortable conversations, he believes that we can build the capacity for resilience, innovation and address the emotional deficit that many organisations face today.