Staff-Initiated Cognitio Pods
Achieving Fulfillment and Happiness in Life: Role Models
Years ago, one of Prof Richardson’s respected and wise mentors shared the following insight: "If you want to understand what happiness and fulfillment in life entails, seek out individuals who have reached the age of 55 or more and who self-report that they have achieved these ends (happiness and fulfilment)."
The proposed pod will include modest readings/podcasts on fulfillment and happiness. However, the major endeavor will be interviews, presentations and subsequent discussions with the group (probably by pairs of students) of individuals, age 55 plus, who self-report that they have achieved happiness and fulfillment in their lives.
Becoming a Habitual Active Systems Citizen
This pod seeks to engage students to explore ways in which knowledge and skills in systems thinking can be applied to complex societal problems. Students will have opportunities to visit organisations, and/or interview experts to conduct research on these problems in order to distil novel systems insights about these problems.
The pod will also seek to develop public communication skill in students. Students will design and implement ways to communicate systems insights to the public. Through discourses and organised activities, the pod hopes to develop each student into habitual systems citizen who will contribute frequently and meaningfully to our society.
Going Native: Exploring Local Writing and Experimenting with Creativity
In 'Going Native', students will be reading and discussing the work of local writers. The texts will be chosen in the first two weeks, according to the interests of the group, and they will embark on a journey of discovery together. As far as possible, the authors of their texts will be invited to the discussions so as to share their perspectives of their stories, and also to guide the students in their writing.
The aim of the pod is for the students to have a richer personal understanding of Singapore’s literary scene, as well as experiment creatively with producing their own poetries, plays or short stories.
The Veritas Forum @ RC4
Is Science incompatible with religion? What is there suffering in the world? What is the meaning of life? What is happiness? What is truth? Where does morality come from? Is there life after death?
In this Cognitio Pod, students will listen to the arguments put forward by some of the world’s most highly esteemed thinkers, following which they share and discuss any new insights that they may have gained of life’s hardest questions.
Student-Initiated Cognitio Pods
Global Studies Circle
In this new age of globalisation, individuals all over the world are connected to one another. As a participant in this "global society", one is frequently bombarded with news and information, fake and real. If he/she wants to be able to foster deeper connections, understanding global issues and other cultures is key. One would be surprised to discover how issues in another part of the world relate closely to issues occurring in their own backyard.
Through the Global Studies Circle, students can start having vibrant conversations with like-minded individuals who are keen to play a part in today’s global society.
RC4Code would be a place for exposure to coding, and members would learn by participating in projects. The first and only course the pod would have for now is HTML and CSS website coding, though as more people join, the pod can encompass other kinds of coding. The goal is to encourage more people to start coding by exposing them to the process of coding and its applications.
RC4 Debate is a debate Cognitio pod aiming to build the combination between debate with student life and systems dynamics.
RC4 Debate aims to provide a stage for students to actively perform their own opinions towards hot topics in the modern world. It will also organise games related with logic training such as werewolves.
Stress is an inherent part of students’ lives, be it arising from studies, relationships or non-academic commitments etc. When excessive or overwhelming, such stress can become detrimental to students’ mental well-being. Hence, RC4Wellness aims to raise awareness among RC4 students about the importance of mental well-being. Through educational sessions conducted by students and professionals, the group hopes to equip students with knowledge and skills on how to better cope with mental health issues, be it in themselves or in their friends. Through these sessions, they also hope to encourage dialogue about such issues, and in doing so, build and strengthen the social support systems in RC4. The group also places posters around the college that serve as simple reminders of the importance of mental wellness.
Stock and Flow
"Stock and Flow" is formed by a group of students who are passionate about systems thinking, believing that systems thinking are fun, exciting and can be learn by all students.
Through this pod, they hope to develop a community of systems thinking enthusiasts in RC4, who will engage in interesting projects, help fellow students and even become ambassadors for systems thinking!