Research on the needs of Social Impact Funders
What do funders of social enterprises look for? In 2019, Singapore International Foundation commissioned Eden Strategy Institute to interview philanthropists, corporate social responsibility professionals, corporate innovation teams, and angel investors in Singapore, to gather their views about the regional social enterprise landscape, as well as their needs as funders, aspirations, giving philosophies, funding models, and impact tracking metrics they look for. This document presents a summary of our key findings.
Top 50 Smart City Governments Ranking
Smart Cities have emerged as urban ecosystems that integrate digital technology, knowledge, and assets to become more responsive to users, improve city services, and make cities more loveable. Much of the existing literature on smart cities focuses on how far each city has come, solutions deployed, and the resulting benefits. This may not offer adequate guidance to city leaders on what they should do, when each city operates in such a unique context. City planners require forward-looking and practical comparisons and guides, by understanding the budgets, infrastructure, policies, services, and innovative governance and resourcing models of different cities. Eden developed this ranking of the Top 50 Smart City Governments that details the development of smart cities from a city government’s perspective.
Innovations Driving Industry 4.0 in Asia Pacific and Japan
‘Industry 4.0’ is transforming factory operations and blurring the lines in physical, digital, and human interaction. To understand how manufacturers in Asia unleash efficiencies and unlock new capabilities with Industry 4.0 in order to cope with shareholder demands for growth, Eden developed the white paper with Nokia to identify the drivers that are accelerating the development of Industry 4.0 in Asia; map the potential benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies across the value chain; and outlining examples of innovative approaches across the region.
The DesignSingapore Council is Singapore’s national agency for design, whose mission is to develop the design sector, help the city use design for innovation and growth, and improve citizens’ lives. Eden contributed to the development of The Design Masterplan 2025 through a series of in-depth engagements with industry and public sector stakeholders, and the vision was developed for Singapore to be an innovation-driven economy, and a loveable city. The Masterplan details 15 recommendations under five broad strategic thrusts: To infuse design as a national competency; expand the role of design in businesses and public sector; strengthen and grow design firms; bring design into the community; and strengthen the Singapore Design Brand locally and globally.
Boards and Innovation
The Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) is the national association of company directors, working with the government, its members and professionals to uphold standards of corporate governance and ethical conduct. In 2015, The SID organised its annual SID Directors’ Conference which focused on Boards and Innovation. As part of the conference, the SID released its conference book where Eden Strategy Institute discussed “Integrative Innovations” and their ability to combine complex, system-level opportunities with other societal issues to bring about positive economic and environmental impact. In the booklet, we also shared our series of infographics on various emerging industries and opportunities to spur directors and organisations to innovate.
Insights on the Needs of Seniors & Caregivers
The LeapForGood (LFG) programme builds connections among the various communities and individuals who share its passion, and inspire more passionate individuals in taking the leap to create a better future through the power of social entrepreneurship. The first phase of LFG was to allow social enterprises to discover and gain insights on emerging social issues. In 2018, LFG focused on the needs of seniors and caregivers in the domains of work, life, and play. Eden was commissioned to perform deep ethnographic research and engagement with industry experts, which identifies twelve key insights with relevant frameworks and reflective questions to inspire social enterprises to create sustainable business models that can meaningfully address the needs of seniors and caregivers.
Asia Emerging Middle Class Survey
The Emerging Middle Class (EMC) is a rapidly growing global market of consumers newly entering the middle-income group, representing individuals earning or spending USD 2 to 20 per day. This Eden report presents the findings from a survey conducted with 4,000 EMC consumers in Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and Philippines. The respondents were asked questions regarding their income and expenditure on essential and non-essential goods. In addition, the participants related their hopes, aspirations, and fears, allowing us to understand the psychology of the EMC consumer.
Elder Friendliness in Asia-Pacific
This Eden white paper is designed to contribute to the discussion on ageing and help governments, healthcare providers, businesses, social enterprises, and non-profit organizations across Asia-Pacific discover untapped opportunities where they can better meet the needs of elderly. We first seek to highlight key parameters for assessing the elder-friendliness of countries. Such a framework can be used to determine whether a particular country has in place an enabling ageing ecosystem that empowers its elders to live out their golden years.
Handbook on Education Innovation in Singapore
Singapore’s education system is well-respected globally for its high levels of academic achievement. Local private education institutions however face rising competition from developed countries such as Australia, the UK, and the US. With changing patterns of learning among the workforce, organisations dealing with higher education and corporate training also need to adopt more flexible modes of curriculum delivery. SPRING Singapore commissioned Eden Strategy Institute to develop this Education Innovation Playbook, which is informed by 50 proven, good practice innovations that have been studied around the world, and attend to the respective problem statements articulated by the local education and training providers. The Handbook further highlights the success factors of the innovations practiced by 10 institutions, and how these innovations can be re-contextualized to organisations facing similar challenges.
Capturing the Hearts and Minds of the New Middle Class
The global consumer durables industry has witnessed considerable change and impressive growth in recent years, despite strong competition and relentless price cutting. Fast-growth Asian economies such as India, China, and Indonesia, relatively shielded from the recession, will drive future consumer demand for basic appliances. The middle and lower segments of the pyramid represent a major opportunity among these markets. This Eden white paper answers fundamental questions that industry players will have to revisit to succeed in an increasingly dynamic and complex Asian market and to test their strategic readiness to compete.
Green Readiness Economies 2011
The global renewable energy industry is expected to witness impressive growth over the next decade despite the negative implications of the global financial crisis during the 2008/2009 period. While Europe and North America are the most developed markets for renewable energy today, Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as the future theatre of growth and developments. Eden’s ranking of Green Readiness Economies elaborates indicators that provide robust fact-based and data-driven analysis of the ability of different countries to adopt and purchase renewable energy products and services.