SINGAPORE – It is 2030 and Singapore is in the throes of a new pandemic – do you support increased investment in public health and a focus on safety measures, or prioritize minimizing economic disruption and sustaining of “business as usual” during these periods?
Such hypothetical future events, and decisions on how to approach them, will be part of an interactive online engagement tool that will be rolled out by the Institute of Policy Studies think tank, as part of its planning project. two-year scenarios called Reimagining Singapore 2030.
A beta version of the tool, dubbed Quest2030, will be available in January next year, with the aim of attracting at least 20,000 audience participants, IPS reported on Friday (July 30th).
Users will be able to see how their choices on key issues in one area affect outcomes in others through seven themes related to community, diversity, governance, economic development, quality of life, multilateralism and security. non-traditional.
These contributions will be captured as anonymized data to inform policymakers about different Singaporean archetypes and future prospects, said Gillian Koh, senior researcher at IPS.
All of this makes the tool a deeper and more dynamic experience compared to just commenting on social media, said Wilson Chew, co-founder of user experience design company Reassemble, which is part of the Quest2030 team building.
From December 2021 to June next year, public engagement through the tool, along with group discussions, will be the third of four phases of the Reimagining Singapore project.
The first phase kicked off with online forums such as the Singaporean Youth Conference in November last year and the Singapore Outlook Conference in January.
The second, which will take place from September to December this year, will bring together opinion leaders and civic activists in workshops and a conference, to develop an official set of Reimagining Singapore scenarios.
In the final phase, from June to July next year, strategies, action plans and pilot projects will be developed based on the lessons of the previous phases and integrated at national, sector and community levels.
“The central question of this project is how to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation in 2030 and beyond,” said Dr Koh, noting the background to the Covid-19 pandemic and the changes of geopolitical and economic power.
“The IPS project aims to inspire the public to re-perceive our future given the effect of the pandemic, pre-existing trends, but more importantly – emerging trends,” she added.
“The question is, how will Singapore react over the decade and through this period of drastic uncertainty? How will this prepare us for our long term future?
Singaporean experts in the field who wish to share their views on emerging trends in the seven themes; and members of the public who wish to test the online engagement tool from December, are invited to write to IPS at ips @ nus.edu.sg