About Us

Social Space is the flagship publication of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation, at the Singapore Management University. Since the magazine made its debut in 2008, it has provided a platform for local and international thinkers on social innovation. In 2016, to keep up with growing interest in the topic and higher readership, Social Space upped its frequency to two issues annually. Now published every six months, the magazine also includes mainstream and lifestyle elements to cater to its increasingly diverse readership.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a thought leader and catalyst for positive social change in Singapore and beyond.

Our Mission

Our mission is to catalyse innovative responses to social needs through applied research and capacity building in collaboration with the public, private and social sectors.

Editor-in-Chief

Jonathan Chang is Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Editor-in-Chief of Social Space.

He is also the Harvard Kennedy School Ambassador to Singapore, and a member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors. Prior to moving to Singapore, Jonathan founded and co-founded four start-ups across multiple industries, including a Y-Combinator incubated social venture, in Silicon Valley and Manhattan. As a Fellow at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, Jonathan taught and conducted research on entrepreneurship as a tool for social change in Rwanda. His other research includes case studies on an impact-investing fund in India for Stanford, a social enterprise in Bali for SMU, and a book on government and innovation with Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland. Jonathan also gave a TEDx talk at Harvard about the importance of a mission-driven life. He earned his degrees from UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard. He can be reached at:

jonathan@socialspacemag.org

Deputy Editor

Eunice Rachel Low is Editorial Consultant for the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Deputy Editor of its flagship publication, Social Space.

She is also Adjunct Editor with the Centre for Liveable Cities at the Ministry of National Development, where she sees to the content development of urban studies publications. Eunice was previously based at the National University of Singapore for seven years: as Editor at the Energy Studies Institute; and prior to that, as Editor and Head of the Journals Division at NUS Press. She was formerly Team Leader (Journals Content Management) at John Wiley and Sons, and Assistant Senior Editor at Marshall Cavendish. Eunice obtained her BA (with merit) from NUS’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, majoring in Sociology and European Studies (French). A published author under the pen-name “Rachel Tey”, her middle-grade action adventure novel, Tea in Pajamas, was featured in The Straits Times and at the Singapore Writers Festival 2016. When not busy editing, writing, or conducting book readings, Eunice enjoys classical music and medieval European history. Connect with her at:

eunice@socialspacemag.org

Contributing Editor

Christian is an Assistant Manager at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Contributing Editor of Social Space.

He drives forward a diverse range of projects, including the centre’s research, capacity-building, partnerships and events. Before joining the centre, Christian helped Year Up build data-based feedback loops into its core decision-making as Sales Operations and Market Research Fellow while participating in a selective, applied management training program through New Sector Alliance’s Residency in Social Enterprise. Christian holds a BA in Sociology with Honours from Brown University, where he chaired the state’s biggest social enterprise conference, worked with two startups and founded one, conducted both applied and academic research, and wrote an award-winning  thesis on feedback and power in social finance. Connect with Christian at:

christian@socialspacemag.org

Contributing Editor (Web)

Sujith Kumar Prankumar is Assistant Manager at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Contributing Editor (web) for Social Space.

He studied communications at the University of South Australia, human rights at Columbia University, gender and religion at Harvard University, Modern Chinese at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at Middlebury College. Sujith has worked in the media, higher education and inclusion sectors. A keen writer and top performer in Columbia Journalism School’s News Editing course, Sujith has written and edited for various print and online publications. He can be reached at:

sujith@socialspacemag.org

Data Management & Editorial Associate

Florian Parzhuber is the Data Management and Editorial Associate at SMU’s Lien Centre for Social Innovation for the Centre’s flagship publication, Social Space.

He is also a graduate from SMU, with a double major in Finance and Operations Management. During this time, he has conducted research on water access in Laos, social entrepreneurship in the Philippines and on the global social entrepreneurship landscape. His research interests include financial inclusion, youth empowerment as well as crowdsourcing and blockchain technology. He can be reached at

fparzhuber.2013@smu.edu.sg.