As an advanced city-state, Singapore has a unique opportunity to push forward in technologies and new practices of urban planning, transport, energy and utilities. Explaining the implementation of various methods in daily life of Singaporeans, this video shows how the Red Dot is becoming a global leading “Smart City”.
A regional center for startups, Singapore is home to a vibrant environment of companies, support structures and entrepreneurs. Local traditions are however hard to bend and women are underrepresented in this ecosystem. This toolkit gathers all the information to provide extra guidance for female entrepreneurs of Singapore.
The opening of Myanmar enables businesses, NGOs and social enterprises to venture further in the country and tackle challenges of rural areas as well as of cities. In the countryside, a social enterprise is applying cutting-edge design principles to alleviate difficulties of farmers and rural inhabitants.
Where it is available, geothermal power is an almost perfect source of energy: much cleaner than fossil fuels, it is often renewable. Geothermal has greatly benefited the Philippines: limiting dependence on imports of hydrocarbons, it has also helped create technologies and know-how that can now be exported.
Social entrepreneurship is a way of creating business that emphasizes a greater care for the people and natural resources employed. Producing organic cosmetics and benefiting to the welfare of its workers, this Philippine company also found a way to build a profitable and fast-growing business.
With very little land available for agriculture, Singapore is importing most of its food. To relieve this dependence, new techniques now enable the local production of vegetables through vertical farms. Thanks to this innovative system, Singaporeans enjoy “home-grown”, environment-friendly and fresher green products.
Manila’s larger urban area, “Mega Manila”, is set to reach 30 million inhabitants by 2030. To cope with its growth and relieve the pressure from the population, the Philippine authorities have devised an ambitious plan of integrated urbanization and transports that will foster the sustainable development of the country’s capital city.
In emerging countries, elevating the standards of living of the poorest can often be a problematic task. In Malaysia, an innovative solution aims at providing cheap housing and sustainable jobs through a project of “smart village” that combines construction, agriculture and technology.
Rattan is a vine that grows upon large trees in the rainforests of Indonesia. Traditionally used as a woven material for daily life objects and handicraft, it is now also utilized to create socially responsible modern products. These new applications help preserve the rainforests and local communities livelihoods in Indonesia.
With a population expected to reach 10 million by 2020, Kuala Lumpur is in need of major urban planning to enhance the well being of locals and tourists alike. To allow for its sustainable development, various projects are being implemented which will impact community livability, economic and business sustainability.