Reviving The Kampung Spirit in Singapore
During the 2019 year-end holidays, a bunch of friends gathered together, reminisced on the good old days when neighbours interacted more with each other, and wondered how technology has actually separated us. Families can be sitting at the same dinner table, yet feel so far apart. We can have thousands of friends on Facebook, but not one to turn to in times of need.
How nice would it be if neighbours could become closer together? How nice would it be if we do not just see another face in the lift, but are able to go beyond the “hi" and instead ask, “how’s your mother’s health?”
Those conversations then inspired the vision of GoodHood.SG, a ground-up initiative to bring back the kampung spirit in Singapore. They visioned a community where neighbours would care more for each other, and kickstart the flywheel of paying it forward in the neighbourhood.
How nice would it be if pet owners picked up after their pet’s business to be considerate to another neighbour they knew by first-name? Or the avid drummer kept his drum practices outside of resting hours so as not to disturb the family with a young child whom he met on GoodHood. How nice would it be if we didn’t throw litter out of our flats because we know Mrs Lee who lives 2 floors below.
Thus began our quest, to nurture this precious ideal called neighbourliness, that we might all be a more considerate, gracious, and giving society!
If you care deeply about our society and about bringing people closer, we hope to hear from you how you think we can do this better, or how you would like to be a part of this journey!
The good neighbour looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.