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

  1. 1. Hong Kong, view from the Peak
  2. 2. Hong Kong, “Cage Homes”
  3. 6. Hong Kong <ul><li>Rethinking its core values and competitive edge. </li></ul><ul><li>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? </li></ul><ul><li>While young people become more vocal, social problems have also become more acute. </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  4. 7. What does social innovation mean in Hong Kong? <ul><li>“ social innovation” is not used at all by the Hong Kong government. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Social enterprises are seen narrowly as tools for social unity and job creation. </li></ul><ul><li>Social innovation, as workable ideas to drive social change, is not commonly understood and promoted. </li></ul>
  5. 8. Why is social innovation not understood in Hong Kong? <ul><li>Hong Kong’s decision makers and even legislators are risk- averse. There is no culture of innovation </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  6. 9. Who does social innovation in Hong Kong? <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>In the last two years, some social finance and support structures have also been set up. </li></ul><ul><li>Government funding (which was not intended for social innovation) has nevertheless been a source to kick start innovative projects. </li></ul>
  7. 10. Who does social innovation in Hong Kong? <ul><li>Participatory planning, designing and revitalizing with users of the Blue House – St James Settlement, Heritage Hong Kong, Community Cultural Concern </li></ul>
  8. 11. Who does social innovation? -- Senior Citizens Home Safety Association’s “Personal Emergency Link” <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60,000 users pay HK$100 per month for the service </li></ul>
  9. 12. Who does social innovation? <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  10. 13. Who promotes social innovation? <ul><li>Other New initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Diamond Cab (a new taxi service for the disabled) </li></ul><ul><li>Gaia School – a “nature” school in the New Territories, and the School of Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Make A Difference (MaD) youth platform </li></ul><ul><li>Social Innovation Award – founded by SVHK to get the public to think about social innovation and generate ideas for social change </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Summit – now in its third year, is Hong Kong’s largest gathering of social entrepreneurs and innovators in Greater China </li></ul><ul><li>HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre – set up by the Hong Kong Council of Social Services </li></ul>
  11. 14. 1 KG More 多背一公斤 Andrew Yue pioneering voluntourism The idea of social innovation is spreading fast in mainland China
  12. 15. social finance structures and intermediary organizations <ul><li>Social Ventures Hong Kong </li></ul><ul><li>Social Investors Club </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Challenge for university students </li></ul><ul><li>MaD (Make A Difference Award) partnering with Ashoka to launch Youth Venture and support “Dream It Do It” innovation projects </li></ul><ul><li>SOW Asia </li></ul><ul><li>River Star Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Government funding (such as CreateSmart Initiative, funder of MaD) </li></ul>
  13. 16. Are there any support structures for social innovation? <ul><li>The support structure does not come from government nor business </li></ul><ul><li>The present mistrust (between government and business, and citizens on the other) has become an obstacle to supporting and welcoming innovative ideas </li></ul><ul><li>MaD could become a support structure for the empowerment of young people to be the change </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  14. 17. Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  15. 18. HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
  16. 19. Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture <ul><li>We have launched the MaD platform to redefine “youth” and push young people to lead change </li></ul>
  17. 20. Social innovation in Hong Kong will be led by young people <ul><li>Young people and Facebook just saved a pristine beach from the bulldozer </li></ul><ul><li>Young people are helping villagers to build Hong Kong’s first eco village with organic farming emphasizing energy efficiency and irrigation methods </li></ul><ul><li>They will lead mindset change, entrench participatory planning and decision making, and construct a new sense of home and belonging </li></ul><ul><li>Many more stand on the side of eggs against the high wall to make Hong Kong a more just and equitable place to live </li></ul>

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