Singapore International Affiliate
of American Creativity Association (SIACCA)
(The Story behind the Original Singaporean Salad known locally as "Rojak'')
1) 100g of the following:
soothing Chinese herb (aka Henry)
spicy Indian chilli (aka Suzanna)
tangy Spanish sangria (aka Hector)
healthy Indian yoghurt (aka Nasim)
wild American mushroom (aka Garth)
2) a dash of synergy
3) 2 tbsp courage mixed with determination
4) loads of creativity and fun!
On a cool December evening in 2002 at a Singapore hotspot called Holland Village, also known as a local Bohemia, was an unusual gathering of people of various cultures. Motivated by a shot of Russian vodka (aka Andy Aleinikov [who hates that stuff in real life!]) there was a passionate discussion on how to stir creative juices in this island state. This included topics like what is creativity, how it can be measured through various assessment models and the role of creativity in our lives. The dinner ended with a teasing challenge from Andy to start a creativity chapter in Singapore.
The application forms were sent to the American Creativity Association in January 2003, proudly making us the first international affiliate of the ACA. We called ourselves SIACCA or the Singapore International Affiliate of the American Creativity Association.
Since then, we have held inspiring monthly meetings in a variety of Singapore's eating spots, savouring international cuisines such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish and Turkish. In every meeting, there were activities using pictures, toys, manipulatives and of course humour to establish strategies to launch the affiliate publicly.
Our first public meeting was held on August 28 2003 at a Community Library. We were fortunate to have our original 'teaser' Andy Aleinikov as a guest speaker who talked about "Out of the Box, Think - In - Geeenius!". It was attended by 50 people, which included creativity experts, trainers, educators, engineers, and people from other walks of life. We thank Tara Coste and Bud Wurtz for their encouraging congratulatory messages that were read during the meeting. At the end of the evening, there was a sharing of new creativity principles and tools, good interaction and networking among participants and a renewed sense of personal curiosity of the power of creativity in all our lives.
We hope to retain our freshness, wonder, energy and synergy by continuing to meet and spur each other to hold bimonthly public meetings that will offer the public a platform to explore and learn about creativity as well as exchange views on how creativity can be applied in the Singaporean context.
The SIACCA Team:
Henry Tio (Chairman)
Suzanna Ramos (Secretary)
Hector Ramos (Committee Member)
Mohamed Nasim (Committee Member)
Garth Aldrich (Committee Member)
For more information, contact:
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Block 53 #05-01535 Clementi Road