Role of Boards in Managing Risks

Introduction In an increasingly vulnerable economic and social landscape, non-profit organisations (NPOs) and Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWOs) are now playing a greater role in plugging social gaps, addressing social problems and meeting the needs of the under-served customer segments. Because of the trust that are placed on NPOs and VWOs, their Boards are expected to… Read more »

Teen Violence

Introduction Teen violence refers to the deviant behaviour of youths (in the adolescent age group between 13 and 21 years old) intended to cause harm to others such as their peers from school or people from their neighbourhoods. Violent acts may involve fighting, use of weapons (for example, guns and knives) and bullying. The resulting… Read more »

Gaming Addiction

Introduction Gaming addiction comprises of computer game addiction, Internet or online game addiction and video game addiction. Computer game addiction generally refers to an excessive and unhealthy amount of playing computer games. The addicted gamer often isolates himself from others and ignores more important responsibilities. He uses most of his free time for gaming, regularly… Read more »

Open Innovation

Introduction Open innovation is the crowdsourcing of knowledge and resources from external sources to drive internal innovation. This concept was developed by Henry Chesbrough, a professor at the University of Berkeley’s Haas Business School, in 2003. Since then, many organisations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Unilever, Samsung and JTC Corporation, have… Read more »

Contemporary China

Introduction 1978 marks the launch of economic reforms for China when veteran statesman Deng Xiaoping assumed leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and introduced a new economic development strategy aimed at rebuilding China’s ailing economy and society. The new Chinese government led by Deng Xiaoping adopted an open-door policy and encouraged foreign trade and investment… Read more »

Leong Yoon Pin 梁荣平

Introduction Leong Yoon Pin 梁荣平 (b. 5 August 1932, Singapore–d. 13 April 2011, Singapore) was a composer, conductor and educator. Described as the doyen of Singapore composers, Leong was well-known for his choral compositions, many of which were locally commissioned and performed by both amateur and professional choirs. His compositions were often infused with a… Read more »

Humanitarianism

Introduction Humanitarianism is defined as the act of improving the welfare and happiness of people in relation to saving lives and alleviating the suffering of people who have been caught in or displaced by man-made and natural disasters and warfare.  It also involves helping communities to prevent and/ or to make vigorous preparations for potential… Read more »

Role of boards in setting executive director’s compensation

Introduction Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organisation towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical and legal governance and financial management policies as well as by making sure the organisation has adequate resources to advance its mission. The director/executive compensation environment continues to evolve and the benchmarked best practices continue to change. Besides… Read more »

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    NL Prominent Speaker Series: Chris J. Reed

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    The National Library regularly host renowned speakers from the arts, heritage, technology and social sciences sectors to share with the wider community and to exchange ideas. Organised by the National Library, this event was held on 29 June 2017. This guide accompanied the talk given by Chris J. Reed on the topic “It’s Not What You Know, It’s… Read more »

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    Angkor Wat

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    Introduction Angkor Wat, with its sheer size and complex architecture, is one of the most well-known monuments in Cambodia. Located north of Siem Reap and south of Angkor Thom, the construction began within the first half of the 12th century during the reign of King Suryavarman II. This was the zenith of cultural, religious and… Read more »

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    Creativity as an Essential Skill for Future-Readiness

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    This resource guide was one of the four produced for “Four Conversations: New Thinking for a New World”. Organised by the National Library, the event was held on 3 and 4 June 2017. This guide accompanied the talk given by Professor Robert Root-Bernstein on the topic “Creativity as an Essential Skill for Future-Readiness”.        … Read more »

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    Journey into the Mind of a Top Scientist

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    This resource guide was one of the four produced for “Four Conversations: New Thinking for a New World”. Organised by the National Library, the event was held on 3 and 4 June 2017. This guide accompanied the talk given by Professor Sir David Lane on the topic “Journey into the Mind of a Top Scientist: Nurturing… Read more »

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    Navigating a Complex World

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    This resource guide was one of the four produced for “Four Conversations: New Thinking for a New World”. Organised by the National Library, the event was held on 3 and 4 June 2017. This guide accompanied the talk given by Dr Ismail Serageldin on the topic “Navigating a Complex World: Insights for the Future.”.    … Read more »

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    Future-Readiness

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    This resource guide was one of the four produced for “Four Conversations: New Thinking for a New World”. Organised by the National Library, the event was held on 3 and 4 June 2017. This guide accompanied the talk given by Ms Lydia Lim on the topic “Future-Readiness: What Does Singapore Need to Stop Doing, Start Doing… Read more »

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    100 General Reference eBooks on Overdrive

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    Introduction This resource guide features 100 digital reference titles specially selected from the NLB OverDrive* platform. The titles fall into three broad subject categories: Business Science and Technology Social Sciences and Humanities Covering key topics such as business management, sustainability, energy sources, culture and social media, these 100 ebooks are a convenient way to access… Read more »

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    Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organisations

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    Introduction A strategic plan functions as a roadmap for an organisation to chart its organisational priorities, define operational goals and align resources to support the strategic planning framework. The board’s responsibility is to set the direction, steer the organisation through the strategic planning process, analyse operating costs, set budget targets and develop performance indicators to… Read more »

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    Business Resource Guide

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    Introduction Business resources can provide essential information and tools to help owners manage and grow their businesses. The Lee Kong Chian Reference Library’s Business Collection, located at Level 7 of the National Library Building, aims to provide industry practitioners, entrepreneurs and researchers with access to reference materials that are authoritative, relevant and current. On top of… Read more »

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    NL Prominent Speaker Series: Ismail Gafoor

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    The National Library regularly host renowned speakers from the arts, heritage, technology and social sciences sectors to share with the wider community and to exchange ideas. Organised by the National Library, this event was held on 21 April 2017. This guide accompanied the talk given by Ismail Gafoor on the topic “From Humble Beginnings to CEO of Singapore’s… Read more »