Our Singapore Leg

“Taking On Diffused Responsibili ties: Creating Inclusive Spaces.”

AUS2018 invites participants to explore ‘diffused responsibilities’: societal challenges that individuals struggle to overcome due to inertia. Such complexities are typically met with confusion or apathy and responded to by passing on the responsibility to others. Where do I even begin? Why should I care? Someone else will handle it.

This year’s Summit directly challenges these doubts. Over AUS2018’s Singapore Leg, participants will explore how creating inclusive spaces, both physical and virtual, offers a possible way to empower communities to confront the complex challenges they face. In other words, how might we enable society to reclaim its diffused responsibilities by creating inclusive spaces?

The goal of the Singapore leg is to reveal how spaces might be conceptualised to meet the various needs of the communities that inhabit them. Participants can expect to leave AUS2018 with an understanding of Universal Design, ways to nurture empathy towards others from dissimilar backgrounds, navigating tensions between different groups contesting the same space. Together, undergraduates from across Asia will be introduced to a variety of spaces in Singapore – from physical to virtual places, and from purposed to porous spaces – and the people who made them possible. Be prepared to see our physical places (e.g. public spaces, green buildings), online communities, and civic society organisations in a new light!

AUS2018 consists of two tracks: Content and Skills. The first includes a host of educational activities, both within the classroom and beyond. Sharings by local experts and community-based organisations, site visits and learning trails will add to the depth of participants’ theoretical and practical knowledge. The content will be delivered through novel conference formats that emphasise experiential learning and greater participant engagement. To complement this new knowledge, participants will be armed with a strong set of tools including ethnographic fieldwork techniques, training in design thinking methodologies, and pitching skills. At the end of the Singapore Leg, AUS participants will apply their learning by creating a group deliverable and pitching their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges, with the possibility of receiving seed funding for their initiatives.

This year’s Singapore Leg will be held from 15th July to 23rd July 2018.