WISE Happenings | September 2019
A roundup of what our team was up to in September!
Core Team member Rosa and volunteer Harris, who are leading Story of the Land in Nagekeo, East Nusa Tenggara, received positive news that their paper ‘Community Empowerment for Environmental Sustainability Based on Local Wisdom’ was accepted to the International Conference on Environment, Sustainability Issues and Community Development (INCRID) from 23 to 24 October 2019 in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Congratulations!
WISE met an NGO – working to create human resources to serve the local water, sanitation and hygiene as well as water resources management sector – to introduce the Behaviour Change Hackathon. Initial reactions from participants were positive and we are hopeful that the NGO will want to run the hackathon in Phnom Penh.
Elections for founding members were launched. Six Cambodians were nominated by their peers. Nominees who agree to stand for election will be submitting their profiles to the Core Team for consideration.
The Singapore team started the month running an Ideation Session for the Institute of Technical Education’s Student Council Summit. Student council members brainstormed solutions to three problem statements related to environment, employment, and entrepreneurship, then developed selected ideas to a proposal which they pitched to a panel of judges.
Core Team member Yoke Pean was invited to speak at a panel discussion on volunteerism, and we were excited to announce that WISE’s Behaviour Change Hackathon was included in this year’s Youth Solution Report, which showcases 50 solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Following the conclusion of the Behaviour Change Hackathon, teams have been figuring out next steps. Runner-up Maid for More successfully received a grant from National Youth Council’s Young ChangeMakers community, while winner Team LinkAges plan to pitch for funding in November. Health for Thought and Green Nudge Gang have handed over their proposals to partners Halo Health Asia and Green Nudge respectively to implement.