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.
Nurturing with deliberate design
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.
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?
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.
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.