The social challenges we are facing nowadays are complex. They can no longer be solved by traditional planning methods and technocratic approaches. Instead of solely relying on social policy, every one of us has a role to play.
Collaborative and bottom-up approaches are the way forward for global cities around the world. People running the cities are embracing urban co-creation projects in order to gain access to the collective knowledge from NGOs, social enterprises and everyday citizens.
The Jockey Club Make a Difference Social Lab in Hong Kong is an epitome of such co-creation methodology. Launched in 2016, Social Lab is Hong Kong’s first community-initiated public services innovation lab. Social Labs provide opportunities for citizens and government officials to conduct collaborative experiments on addressing community needs. From libraries and parks, to streets and markets, Social Labs bring us away from our desks to co-create innovative solutions with and in the community.
SIX is co-curating a unique one day conference with Make a Difference Institute in Hong Kong, to explore the labs movement in Asia and discuss what it means to change the system, from both inside and out.
Global speakers include:
- Carolyn CURTIS, CEO, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (Sydney)
- Chelsea MAULDIN, Executive Director, Public Policy Lab (New York)
- Chris SIGALOFF, Independent Consultant (Amsterdam)
- Stephane VINCENT, Founder, La 27e Région (Paris)
- Giulio Quaggiotto, UN Global Pulse