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Enriching the world by collaboration through actions.


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Enriching the world by collaboration through actions.


A little about me

I am a jack of all trades who enjoys being at the intersection of design, planning, strategy and business. What I do is seek clarity in chaos, provide leadership, encouragement and audacity to take on problems and opportunities.

I was born in Singapore, grew up in Hong Kong and spent a decade in Rhode Island and New York City. I've meandered from adventure to adventure: I served in the Singapore military, studied at Rhode Island School of Design, co-founded the Better World by Design conference, selected as a TED Fellow, cycled across the United States, and started a design firm.

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Why: Enrich the world


I believe that the world is made beautiful, and we are stewards charged to protect and nurture its potential.

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Why: Enrich the world


I believe that the world is made beautiful, and we are stewards charged to protect and nurture its potential.

 
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
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How:Collaboration & Encouragement


As the famous African proverb goes,
'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' 
In the same way, I rather focus on the multiplicity of efforts 
than the singularity of my own effort.

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How:Collaboration & Encouragement


As the famous African proverb goes,
'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' 
In the same way, I rather focus on the multiplicity of efforts 
than the singularity of my own effort.

WHAT: Actions

Ideas have potential, but have no value outside of execution.
What one does only validates their beliefs and values.
Alan Key puts it best - 'The best way to predict the future is to create it.'

Design

Senior Strategist, Wasabi Rabbit (2013 -2014)
Senior Strategist, Barnum Design (2012 - 2013)
Partner, Big New Ideas (2009 - 2012)
Design Intern, Design Logic Interiors (2007)
Side Projects
 

Making

Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design (2009)
Design Intern, Design Logic Interiors (2007)
Side Projects
 

Adventures

Bike and Build (2009)
Lieutenant, Singapore Army (2002-2005)
Traveling the world

Organizing

Better World by Design Conference (2008 - Now)
Monthly Design Review Series (2009 - 2010)
Non-Profit Design Jam (2010, 2011, 2014)
TEDxProvidence (2011)
Switch On Conference (2011)
Designing a Better World Series (2013)
Turning Inspiration into Enterprise Workshop (2012, 2013) 
Creative Kids - Design Thinking Workshop (2010)

 

Entrepreneurship

Co-founder, My Happy (2014 - Now)
Partner, Big New Ideas (2009 - 2012)
Founder, Monthly Design Review Magazine (2009)
Advisor, PeaceLove Studios (2010 - Now)
Advisor, Young Leaders Fellowship (2011-2012)
Designer, Eli Draws (2012 - Now)

Speaking

TED (2009)
TED Active (2012)
TEDxSingapore (2010)
TEDxHuntsville (2011)
TEDxPublicStreet (2013)
Better World by Design (2008, 2009, 2011)
Rhode Island School of Design (2009 - 2013)
Creative Kids (2010)
Switch On Conference (2011)
Hope High School (2009 - 2012)
Learning Community Charter School (2012)
Paul Caffee Middle School (2012)
La Salle Academy (2009, 2012, 2014)
Kansas State University  (2012)
University of Hartford (2012)
New School (2013)
Brown University Alumni New York (2013)