For a Better City

Our planet, built environment, and urban communities are facing a great deal of stress. 

Issues of urban inequality, the climate crisis, the pandemic, the health of our public spaces, our privacy in physical and digital domains, and the survivability of small businesses, are just some of the challenges that we face today. It will be as bleak as it sounds if we do nothing about it, but the good news is we still can. 

Our cities can be better than this. But it will require our attention, ingenuity, and resources to make it happen. It will also require us, as active members of the community, to power these new solutions together.

Mizah and I have been fortunate to work with inspired communities in Participatory Design & Placemaking with Participate in Design (P!D) and Shophouse & Co. This initiative is dedicated to build on the work that we have started, and support a new generation of talent and set of ideas to solve our shared challenges. For a start, it will focus on offering financial and mentorship support to Polytechnic and JC students who are pursuing their interests in community-driven solutions to our urban issues. 

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How you can help

There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to get this initiative off to a good start. While I will be leading most (or all) of it for now, having the community’s involvement will be the only way that this can happen. In fact it is the very reason for this whole thing!

You can reach me at hello@adibjalal.com to have a chat about any of the areas below or other forms of support that you would like to offer. Thank you!

Partnerships

A key part of the initiative is to work closely with educational institutions and also other strategic partners. If you are involved in an organisation or project that would like to explore a partnership, do reach out.

“The Circle”

This is a group of civic-minded urban practitioners and thought leaders that I hope will support me in identifying, selecting, and mentoring talent and ideas. If you have a suggestion on who should be in this, or would like me to consider you being part of this group, do reach out.

Donations

This initiative is currently seed-funded by a small personal donation from me. While additional support is appreciated, this is a one-man initiative with no official registration (yet), which means that there are no tax incentives nor legal structures to support your donation. If you would still like to make a personal donation to the initiative, please reach out directly to me.

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