SoX is like a design gym. With challenging projects across the island, people can build their design thinking muscles wherever they are, coached by experts to get better and stronger along the way, while designing a better Singapore together.
SoX is exciting, energising, and empowering! It enables citizens to become agents of change. It is for everyone. If you are a working professional, it is a platform for you to learn and practice design-led creative thinking. If you are a citizen/volunteer interested in building your community, it allows you to co-create solutions for your community. If you are a designer, it allows you an opportunity to use your design skills to design change for greater good.
Participants, design experts, and challenge sponsors will work within a framework that includes tools, workshops and more with a network of partners from the industry, public sector and design experts.
Participants will get to work on challenges of various scale, from ground up challenges (e.g. how might we transform our void deck into a space for our community to gather and connect?) to systems-level challenges (e.g. how might we improve health outcomes for people as they transition from hospitals to home?).
We start by helping people to research their challenge and see it more clearly, to ensure they are focusing on the correct angle. We show them how to connect the dots between the problems they are grappling with and the desired future outcomes. We help them understand how to generate ideas, design solutions, and test them in the real-world. We show people how to get buy-in and support for their concepts, and eventually to roll them out to genuinely tackle what had seemed like an impossible challenge.
SoX is a classroom without walls and a school without exams. Participants will not be formally assessed on how they approach the challenges but will focus on the outcomes they experience and generate. However, even without walls and exams, we do have certificates! All those who successfully commit to, engage with, and deliver desired outcomes through the programme will be awarded a School of X certificate of achievement.
You can find out more about the School of X programme here.