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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.

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Editorial Issue 24

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

In this special edition of ETHOS, we partner with the Ministry of National Development's Centre for Liveable Cities to explore the theme of urban sustainability, with insights from city leaders, public sector practitioners and urban experts from around the world.

Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities

Article  -  Tan Yong Soon

Singapore should continue to invest in sustainable development to ensure dynamic growth and a liveable environment for the future, argues the Permanent Secretary for the Environment and Water Resources.

From Scarcity to Generativity: New Approaches to Governing Resources

Opinion  -  Aaron Maniam

Data, knowledge and connections can increase rather than decrease in value with use: but we need a new public language to make the most of them.

Opinion: Singapore's Economic Growth Model: Too Much or Too Little?

Opinion  -  Linda Lim

Can Singapore’s state-heavy growth model be sustained in the long term, especially after the systemic shock and global rebalancing of the current financial crisis?

Rethinking Responsibility

Opinion  -  Stephanie Siow, Theophilus Kwek

Two young Singaporeans reflect on whether narratives of self-reliance may obscure deeper structural gaps.

The Future of Global Trading Regimes: Three Scenarios

Article  -  Yap Zhi Jia, Lee Chor Pharn

As former export-led trading relationships decline, the interplay between the Chinese and US economies could shape the course of global trade in the coming decade. How should Singapore respond?

Book Review: Public Services at the Crossroads

Review  -  Garvin Chow

With a pool of increasingly educated citizens, a knowledge-savvy workforce and highly competitive market forces, many governments are feeling the pressure to continually improve the quality of their public services.