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Kampung Milestones

A Brief History of GUI

Timeline

2017
January 1

Phase 1 Opening

Phase 1 Opening
Two years on, after the Groundbreaking / Phase 0 of the Kampung Kampus in 2014, we are elated to present to the world - Phase 1 of the Kampung Kampus!
2016
January 3

A space where all can come together

A space where all can come together
GUI provides the space for our melting pot of diverse cultures, age-groups and professions.
January 2

Launching of AkzoNobel’s event

Launching of AkzoNobel’s event
AkzoNobel launched its global campaign on "Destination Planet Possible" starting in Singapore, right at the Kampung Kampus.
January 1

Ground-Up Troopers (GUTS) Kickoff

Ground-Up Troopers (GUTS) Kickoff
It was time to put all that design into action, and GUI conducted its first intensive leadership programme to nurture grounded, resilient young leaders. The GUTS programme started with a 6-week accelerator bootcamp, followed by a 2-month apprenticeship and subsequently, initiating their own projects in places such as Nee Soon Town.
2015
January 3

Inspiring a new way of life

Inspiring a new way of life
Visit from the Bhutanese Government
January 2

Inspiring a new way of life

Inspiring a new way of life
GUI has become a destination where various organisations and countries come to experience ideas and inspirations on how to rethink our assumptions on our way of life, and cultivating grace, gratitude, empathy amongst people.
January 1

Nurturing with deliberate design

Nurturing with deliberate design
A range of diverse social enterprises are carefully designed to cultivate a multitude of strengths for a wide spectrum of individuals and groups, forming a robust, nurturing eco-system of GUI within the Kampung Kampus - which covers the fields of education, farming and craft.
2014
January 1

GUI expands to 26,000 sqm

GUI expands to 26,000 sqm
The community rallied together to win the support of the government and public for the usage of a stunning 26,000 sqm piece of land on a land-scarce Singapore. It was designated for residential and commercial use, yet this was a time when the resilience built by GUI over the years paid off: after two years of campaigning, the lease was awarded to GUI for another six years.
2013
January 3

A model of the future

A model of the future
Sharing a model of the future to Minister Lawrence Wong
January 2

Lai Hock showing Minister Heng Swee Keat the tremendous work done by GUI's volunteers.
January 1

Sparking creativity & innovative thinking

Sparking creativity & innovative thinking
Organised by GUI, EXCITE! is the first programme in Asia supported by Challenge:Future from the European Union and DBS Singapore. The programme aims to reduce youth unemployment by redefining education and exploring social entrepreneurship.
2012
January 2

Protect our heritage, protect our land

Protect our heritage, protect our land
GUI held a five-month long festival, Heritage Kampung, to reconnect fellow citizens with Singapore's heritage and the timeless values embodied by our pioneers representing each ethnic group. Several ministers graced the festival, including Minister Shanmugam, Minister Tan Chuan Jin and Minister Grace Fu - prompting them for the first time to reconsider the usage of the land that GUI sits on. It was designed for commercial use, but would that teach our young to protect our heritage, our society, our land?
January 1

Nurturing our young

Nurturing our young
GUI launched JOE (Just One Earth), and has held more than 300 sessions for more than 50 kindergartens. JOE teaches students the value of our planet and a healthy environment, while teaching practical skills of recycling, reusing, and how to grow small plants in reused bottles.
2011
January 1

Fostering leaders

Fostering leaders
To realise GUI's vision, programmes are specifically designed to nurture resilient and mindful leaders, with a deep sense of responsibility to society and an acute awareness for the environment. H3ROES was kickstarted, an environmental leadership programme with Canon and NEA. This has been a fruitful partnership since 2011 till present, and an affirmation of confidence by organisations from both the public and private sectors in GUI's philosophy and methodology.
2010
January 2

Activating mass action for good

Activating mass action for good
Having shaped, designed and cultivated its 1200 sqm piece of land, GUI held its first major event at Bottle Tree Park on 10.10.10 to educate the importance of bringing down CO2 to 350ppm. An astounding 5000 visitors attended. It would be just the first of a series of events that will bring people together for a common good.
January 1

Demonstrating progress against odds

Demonstrating progress against odds
Over a span of four months GUI continued to impress the management of Bottle Tree Park, growing 500 sqm more, to a total area of 1200 sqm.
2009
January 2

An additional 600 sqm of land

An additional 600 sqm of land
Awarded an additional 600 sqm of land by the Bottle Tree Park management after eight months of witnessing GUI's impressive progress. The infertile piece of land had to be carefully cultivated.
January 1

Moved to 100 sqm space at Bottle Tree Park

Moved to 100 sqm space at Bottle Tree Park
Moved to 100 sqm space at Bottle Tree Park. GUI started the first project named SURF. Sustainable Urban Roof-top Farm.
2008
January 3

Bringing people to work together

Bringing people to work together
Since its inception, GUI has been bringing people from all walks of life to collaboratively cultivate the space, inspiring togetherness and instilling ownership. Balik Kampung, is GUI's flagship programme to fulfil this purpose.
January 1

Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginnings
After three rounds of flood relief missions in southern Malaysia and a year of deliberate thought, Lai Hock registered Ground-up Initiative (GUI) as an official entity.

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