The Social Quotient (TSQ), the parent company behind The Social Factor, partnered with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) to organise the “Mastery of Heart & Mind” Mental Health e-Conference for staff and students from Institutes of Higher Learning.
Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State, Ministry of Education, was the Guest of Honour, and she thanked TSQ and NP for organising the conference in her opening speech. MOS Sun’s full speech can be found here.
Our Director Mark Lim was featured in a Straits Times article on how it is possible to be equally or even more productive when you work from home.
The Straits Times Article 1 March 2020: Entrepreneur Mark Lim, 43, quit his job as a teacher six years ago to set up special-education consultancy The Social Factor, which has worked with over 60 organisations, including schools and government agencies. Working from his executive condominium in Pasir Ris allows him to plan his time around the schedule of his two sons, Zephaniah, nine, and Elijah, seven, and two other toddlers he and his wife, Sue, 44, are fostering. He does not have a home office, choosing to work in his living room or at cafes wherever he is waiting for his children. "I like places with ambient sounds and just look for a comfortable spot facing away from moving traffic or other distractions," he says. "My kids do talk to me sometimes, but I just tell them that daddy is doing work and will talk to them in half an hour or so. Over the years, they have learnt to respect that."
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The Social Factor was honoured to speak at a panel on “Raising Parents to be Effective Advocates for their Children” as part of the Parents for Parents community initiative launched by the Lien Foundation. The campaign aims to impart practical skills for parents, nurture self advocacy and build community resilience. It is held in conjunction with PEEKABOO! I SEE YOU, an inclusive arts festival by Superhero Me in partnership with the Rainbow Centre. Mark and Sue Lim from The Social Factor were featured in an article by The Straits Times in relation to the event.
The Straits Times Article 10 March 2019:
MR MARK LIM, on a ground-up approach having the power to shape society and policies.
“It is about having influence but that need not be done in a top-down way. We need to dare to dream and speak up.“
Article: Parents turn advocates in special needs community
The Social Factor is the appointed vendor for the Colours of the Mind programme, organised by the Health Promotion Board. The programme equips parents of children 2-6 years old with the relevant knowledge and skills to help their children to have positive mental wellbeing. Dr Sophian Kayat, one of the trainers from The Social Factor, was recently featured in the April-June 2016 issue of Beanstalk, an online publication of the Early Childhood and Development Agency. The Social Factor is pleased to be working with the Health Promotion Board on this important programme.