This is our story
This is our story
Here is how we got started.
A Good Space is where changemakers flourish as a community to imagine and create experiences that expand perspectives across diverse social issues.
In February 2017, two friends gathered for a conversation. Both were deeply concerned about the increasing polarization of our society and world – whether in race, religion, class or ability.
In Singapore, we have the haves and have-nots, locals and migrant workers… Around the world, we have the Leave or Remain in Brexit, anti-Islamic rhetoric, the list goes on…
The implicit trust we have of each other in the society seems to be eroding. They wondered: How can we create more and safer places for more understanding and acceptance, without waiting for the government to do this for us?
How can we mobilise the collective wisdom of the community to bring us closer, not further apart?
The two friends, Anthea Ong (social changemaker and founder of Hush Tea Bar) and Melissa Kwee (CEO of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre) came together to conspire A Good Space as a community-led effort to transform ordinary spaces into places of purposes by convening catalysts to invent, innovate, intersect and inspire communities.
The first Good Space was born at the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, with the support of the team and the Citizen Engagement Fund from the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth that helped us all to kickstart the journey.
”We bring together community catalysts to create innovative events, activities and projects that expand perspectives across a wide range of social issues.
The unstructured lines embody our intent of perspective expansion and experimentation. Through the coloured dots, we celebrate diversity and intuition (with the letters A and E being intuitively derived).
The emphasised word ‘SPACE’ inspires strength and safety. Our tagline: Where People of Purpose Play further bring out our values of purpose and play.
Since 2009, Anthea has founded several community projects, including Project Yoga-on-Wheels, Playground of Joy and Circle of Bliss. She is the founder of Hush TeaBar (Singapore’s first silent teabar to bring silence and awareness to the workplace facilitated by hearing-impaired employees).
Melissa is a social activist, businesswoman and the current CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. She has started various projects over the years to serve society, including the Beautiful People intiative and Halogen Foundation, which empower youths with mentoring and leadership activities.
A recent graduate of the National University of Singapore's Business School, Vincent believes business is a force for good and has cultivated a passion for education and social change. He is fascinated by the complexities of human emotions and hope to grow in the areas of coaching and counselling.