Make a Difference (MaD), by Ada Wong, Hong Kong

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Make a Difference (MaD), by Ada Wong, Hong Kong

  1. 1. Hong Kong
  2. 2. Hong Kong Population: over 7,000,000 860,000 young people between age of 15 and 24 Overall unemployment rate is 3%
  3. 3. Behind the glamorous façade there is a worsening rich-poor gap  Gini Coefficient: 0.537in 2011, and still rising
  4. 4. Hong Kong 7.7% Youth unemployment
  5. 5. What did government do?  Youth Pre-employment training program: US$10,000,000 per year with training allowance provided to employers who hire young employees  Youth Employment Start program to enhance youth their employability skills: US$2,000,000 per year
  6. 6. What did government do?  Employees Retraining Board – 800 courses in 30 different industries with annual budget of over US$70 million  Age of joining Employees Retraining Board programs lowered to 15
  7. 7. What did Government do? Vocational Training Council offering career-oriented diploma, professional diploma, high diploma and associate degree courses  Government subvention to VTC: US$300 million per year with over 20,000 students
  8. 8. Did it work and what is missing?  The policies were designed just to “get by”, for young people to gain basic skills and be employed in entry level jobs  The policies are not intended for young people to have a choice and to thrive as human beings and have aspirations
  9. 9. Did it work and what is missing? Entrepreneurship is missing Creativityis missing Innovationis missing
  10. 10. MaD創不同 Make a Difference 2010 - 2013 Program for changemakers
  11. 11. 令創意再進一步 Taking CREATIVITY to the next level 培育 有創意、 具社會關懷 的新一代 Grooming a creative and socially conscious new generation 符合 多基準線的 創意項目 社會創新 Creative ventures and social innovation meeting multiple bottom lines 創造 創意城市 CREATIVE CITY 經濟、社會、環境改變 多元、公義、可持續發展 Generating positive economic, social and environmental change Championing pluralism, justice and sustainable development
  12. 12. 年會 Annual MaD Forum 亞洲青年 Asian youth X 國際 International Changemakers
  13. 13. Discovery 個人潛能 Personal potential 社會議題 Social issues 世界趨勢 Global trends
  14. 14. Creativity Creative thinking 創意思維 Creative industries 創意產業 Cross-disciplinary innovation 跨界創新
  15. 15. Impact 社會創新 Social innovation 策動計劃 Entrepreneurial ventures 個人改變 Personal change
  16. 16. The Make A Difference initiative A pan-Asian young changemakers platform  For a collaborative and integrated new economy  For entrepreneurs and freelancers  Creative ventures have been set up  MaD talks and events attended by over 10,000

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