Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Event: Talk by Dr Neil Khor, "Building Consensus & Community Capacity: The George Town Grants Programme in Penang"

Select Books and the Singapore Heritage Society are pleased to invite you to a talk by Dr Neil Khor, "Building Consensus & Community Capacity: The George Town Grants Programme in Penang" on Sunday, 13 October, 2013, at 2:30pm

Building Consensus & Community Capacity: The George Town Grants Programme in Penang
A talk by Dr Neil Khor
The George Town Grants Programme (GTGP) was launched in September 2009 by Think City, a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional, the investment arm of the Malaysian Government. To date, it has provided some 250 small grants helping catalyze urban regeneration in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. This presentation revolves around how public grants can be a tool to build consensus and capacity at the community level based upon a holistic values-based approach to urban regeneration.

Three case studies associated with cultural mapping, physical conservation and area regeneration will be presented. In managing this grants programme, Think City works with govermental agencies at all layers of federal, state and local governments; civil society and most importantly, the communities who live and work in George Town. The presentation will also focus on some of the challenges and innovative solutions associated with the grants programme.

About the Speaker
Dr Neil Khor is an historian who has published numerous books about Penang and Straits Chinese Literature. A former research executive at STAR Publications, he wrote a column called Penang Story from 2000-01. He read Straits Chinese Literature for his PhD at the University of Cambridge. In 2008, he joined Khazanah Nasional as a KRIS Fellow where he helped design the George Town Grants Programme (GTGP). He help establish Think City in 2009 and served as Grants Programme Director till 2012. He continues to help monitor Think City's Cultural Mapping projects in his capacity as Senior Fellow. He now manages Trafalgar Publishing House, his own research and publishing company specializing in heritage consultancy. Neil is also the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (MBRAS) and a Life Member of the Penang Heritage Trust.

Sunday, 13 October, 2013

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