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Social Innovation in Hong Kong- Pecha Kucha presentation Ada Wong, SIX and City Summer School

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    Social Innovation in Hong Kong- Pecha Kucha presentation Ada Wong, SIX and City Summer School Social Innovation in Hong Kong- Pecha Kucha presentation Ada Wong, SIX and City Summer School Presentation Transcript

    • Hong Kong, view from the Peak
    • Hong Kong, “Cage Homes”
    • Hong Kong
      • Rethinking its core values and competitive edge.
      • The awakening of civic awareness of the post 80s and 90s generation pushed changes in urban renewal and conservation policies, and prompted many to think: how should Hong Kong develop in the 21st century?
      • While young people become more vocal, social problems have also become more acute.
      • Property prices are so high that people have to spend 30 years to pay off their mortgage; the population is ageing , pollution is worsening; new immigrants challenge our tolerance. Among these, poverty is our biggest challenge. HK has the widest wealth gap in the developed world (with a Gini coefficient of 43.4)
    • What does social innovation mean in Hong Kong?
      • “ social innovation” is not used at all by the Hong Kong government.
      • There is policy and funding to support social enterprises (which must be charities), and such policy is hidden under “ Social Harmony and Civic Education ” of the Home Affairs Bureau
      • Social enterprises are seen narrowly as tools for social unity and job creation.
      • Social innovation, as workable ideas to drive social change, is not commonly understood and promoted.
    • Why is social innovation not understood in Hong Kong?
      • Hong Kong’s decision makers and even legislators are risk- averse. There is no culture of innovation
      • There is also no culture of participation . People tend to rely on the government to tackle social problems because the government is not short of cash. We have over HK$2,200 billion in our reserves.
      • same time, UNDP report in 2009 showed that Hong Kong Local social entrepreneurs believe that we must first push people to think “ social ” and understand our social needs, before they could be innovators and changemakers.
    • Who does social innovation in Hong Kong?
      • While the government tends to stick to old models and lag behind in innovative thinking, a small circle of boundary crossers and advocates with business, industrial, professional and media backgrounds has taken the lead to drive social change
      • In the last two years, some social finance and support structures have also been set up.
      • Government funding (which was not intended for social innovation) has nevertheless been a source to kick start innovative projects.
    • Who does social innovation in Hong Kong?
      • Participatory planning, designing and revitalizing with users of the Blue House – St James Settlement, Heritage Hong Kong, Community Cultural Concern
    • Who does social innovation? -- Senior Citizens Home Safety Association’s “Personal Emergency Link”
      • connect PE Link users (eg elderly people who live alone, the disabled etc) through an advanced communication system to a 24-hour PE Link Centre
      • service users can speak to an operator through the main unit at home. Operators will then identify the needs of the caller and provide the necessary support services.
      • Over 60,000 users pay HK$100 per month for the service
    • Who does social innovation?
      • Dialogue in the Dark, Concert in the Dark etc, although not concepts originating from Hong Kong, have nevertheless been able to pull off and was set up by a large group of social entrepreneurs with private funding in Hong Kong
    • Who promotes social innovation?
      • Other New initiatives
      • Diamond Cab (a new taxi service for the disabled)
      • Gaia School – a “nature” school in the New Territories, and the School of Creativity
      • Make A Difference (MaD) youth platform
      • Social Innovation Award – founded by SVHK to get the public to think about social innovation and generate ideas for social change
      • Social Enterprise Summit – now in its third year, is Hong Kong’s largest gathering of social entrepreneurs and innovators in Greater China
      • HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre – set up by the Hong Kong Council of Social Services
    • 1 KG More 多背一公斤 Andrew Yue pioneering voluntourism The idea of social innovation is spreading fast in mainland China
    • social finance structures and intermediary organizations
      • Social Ventures Hong Kong
      • Social Investors Club
      • Social Enterprise Challenge for university students
      • MaD (Make A Difference Award) partnering with Ashoka to launch Youth Venture and support “Dream It Do It” innovation projects
      • SOW Asia
      • River Star Foundation
      • Government funding (such as CreateSmart Initiative, funder of MaD)
    • Are there any support structures for social innovation?
      • The support structure does not come from government nor business
      • The present mistrust (between government and business, and citizens on the other) has become an obstacle to supporting and welcoming innovative ideas
      • MaD could become a support structure for the empowerment of young people to be the change
      • We await the continual participation of the next generation in Hong Kong to push for social change and put forward innovative ideas to address unmet social needs
    • Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture
      • We have opened an innovative school for students aged 15 to 18 where education is more personalized rather than standardized, where freedom and discipline co-exist, where teachers are mentors and friends of kidults, and where the students’ voice is valued and heard
    • HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
    • Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture
      • We have launched the MaD platform to redefine “youth” and push young people to lead change
    • Social innovation in Hong Kong will be led by young people
      • Young people and Facebook just saved a pristine beach from the bulldozer
      • Young people are helping villagers to build Hong Kong’s first eco village with organic farming emphasizing energy efficiency and irrigation methods
      • They will lead mindset change, entrench participatory planning and decision making, and construct a new sense of home and belonging
      • Many more stand on the side of eggs against the high wall to make Hong Kong a more just and equitable place to live