The inaugural TiltShift Summit in 2011 was a 5-day, high-impact conference for 80 brilliant young men and women from around the world, gathering in Singapore, for the global good.

With world pressures from climate change, globalization and changing use of natural resources increasingly affecting the physical, political and socio-economic landscapes, young people today are increasingly stepping up to the task of imagining and creating a more sustainable and equitable future. Tiltshift 2011 rode the wave of this global trend, bringing together young leaders to explore, exchange ideas and generate solutions in relation to five critical issues.

TiltShift 2011 was named after a creative type of photography in which the lens is manipulated so that a life‐sized location or subject resembles a miniature‐scale model. By miniaturizing what seems immeasurably large, intractable and insurmountable, we gain fresh insight into it. Such breakthroughs are urgently needed in a world increasingly beset by problems of a global nature.

TiltShift is the first project of the GALES schools, and represents a concerted effort by some of the premier schools from around the world to address the need for vision, convergence and global collaboration.


The Global Alliance of Leading‐Edge Schools (GALES)is an association of 20 top secondary and college preparatory schools from around the world. It was initiated by Mrs. Lim Lai Cheng, principal of Raffles Institution, in 2010. GALES schools are characterised by a common commitment to excellence, leadership development and the global good.

Three project team members from each school attended the Summit, and assigned to work with a cluster of teams from other schools within their chosen theme, learning from other cultural perspectives and expanding on their original vision. TiltShift Patrons (specialists with a passion for each thematic area) were on-hand to guide and enrich on-going student discussions.

Each project was awarded up to US$1000 seed-funding from Raffles Institution. This amount was dependent upon the final budget submission. The seed-funding was intended to support the development of the project. The students developed a budget for their project and submitted this in their proposal. The seed-funding was designed to help each project group draw in more support or funding through their own efforts.

The Summit featured keynote speeches, group breakout sessions, workshops and expeditions.