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A New Regionalism: Southeast Asia’s Potential in the 21st Century

Roundtable  -  Tan Lin Teck, Samheng Boros, Kelvin Yii

In this edition of the ETHOS Roundtable, participants of the 12th Leadership in Governance Programme from three ASEAN member countries discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Southeast Asia in the 21st century, and how the region can come together to address them.

Thinking through Complexity, Managing for Uncertainty

Article  -  Lam Chuan Leong

Our thinking is less rational than we'd like to believe, but can we learn to outsmart our own cognitive biases?

Opinion: Identities and Institutions—The Needs of a New Era

Opinion  -  Catherine Fieschi

Political scientist Catherine Fieschi believes that new institutions need to be fashioned in order to help societies and communities recreate meaning and purpose in light of new and emerging forms of identities.

Rethinking Incentives for the Downturn

Article  -  Stephen Choo

Management approaches that engage and enable employees are needed more than ever in a downturn, argues Hay Group’s Stephen Choo.

Sharpening Singapore's Edge: Insights from the IBM Experience

Article  -  Teresa Lim

Singapore needs to develop T-shaped workers and a culture that favours innovation, collaboration, diversity and values.

Editorial Digital Issue 9

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

In this digital edition of ETHOS, we continue to explore issues related to sustainable urban development. How might our communities continue to be thriving places in which we live, work and play, in the face of looming climate challenges and resource constraints? Featuring: Livia Tan, Wong Mun Summ, Anupam Yog, and Peter Hawkins.

Governance at the Leading Edge: Black Swans, Wild Cards, and Wicked Problems

Article  -  Peter Ho

At the 2008 Strategic Perspectives Conference, Head of Civil Service Peter Ho traced the evolution of contemporary public sector practice. He concludes that while the Public Service has successfully adopted best practices from the private sector and elsewhere in the past, these are not enough to ensure good governance as we move into an unpredictable and complex future. In the following excerpt, he highlights the nature of the challenges ahead and argues that Singapore must develop its own new brand of governance in order to manage these critical uncertainties and generate original solutions to the wicked problems of our time.

Interview with Asit K. Biswas: Singapore as a Global Water Knowledge Hub

Interview  -  Sheila Ng

One of the world's leading authorities on water, Professor Asit K. Biswas is also the President of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico. Speaking to Ethos, he argues that Singapore has the know-how and track record to position itself as the water hub of the world.

Nurturing Future Leaders: Adapting Leadership Development Approaches to a Changing Context

Article  -  Khoo Ee Wan, Aurora De Souza Watters, Suniartie Sudyono

To be successful, positional leaders must learn to move from being 'hero' to 'host', providing the conditions, processes and resources for others to step up and contribute at every level.