Held from 5th to 16th July 2021, the hybrid STEP Sociovation Forum 2021 was attended by some 60 students from over 30 institutions in the ASEAN and Greater China Region.
Organised by the SUSS Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL), the programme introduced students to the concept of social innovation, motivating an empathy-driven approach to innovation in various sectors. In 2021, the students focused on visual storytelling and learnt how to create compelling narratives to promote environmental sustainability. They were introduced to the fundamentals of visual storytelling and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through storytelling workshops, guest talks by industry experts, and mentoring sessions by sustainability and storytelling mentors. Each participant also received a special welcome pack that consisted of biodegradable stationery and planting seeds that were produced with sustainable production practices.
Some of the onsite learning journeys were held in Singapore in partnership with social organisations such as Terra SG, Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) and Waterway Watch Society (WWS).
Hailing from 12 countries, the student worked in teams to create documentary films that advocate pressing environmental causes such as food waste and clean water. Despite the challenges of a virtual collaboration, the students emerged with 15 inspiring short videos based on UN SGDs such as Clean Water and Sanitation, and Responsible Production and Consumption. Click here to watch the students’ video creations!
As part of their experiential learning, some of the participants went on a kayaking and litter-picking expedition in the waterways of Marina Reservoir in Singapore, and gained a deeper appreciation of how litter pollution affects biodiversity and water sustainability.
At the Ground-Up Initiative in Singapore, participants learnt to recycle unwanted kitchen waste into eco-enzyme which could then be used as cleaning materials.