Our work in Asia

We bring together our global insights and connections to harness the power of social innovation in different parts of Asia. From global dialogues series, to horizon scanning on business for good, to advising a city government on social innovation strategy, to creating gatherings for knowledge exchange and civic action, we support our local partners in their local ecosystem building.

Featured Project

Social labs in the era of pandemics

In 2022, we collaborated with MaD Institute exploring the potential of social labs in the post-pandemic era.

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Social innovation lessons for global cities

From smart city to the idea of proximity and the urban commons, Seoul City’s global advisors discuss innovation lessons for global cities.

Seoul as a people-powered city

This book tells the story of Seoul’s journey to becoming a people-powered city.

From social innovation to business for good

A global conversation between David Yeung from Green Monday, Marcello Palazzi from NOW Partners and Ada Wong from Mad Institute.

Business for good

New report maps the Motivations for Business to Create Shared Value in Hong Kong.


Connected Urban Life in Mumbai

How does India’s emerging civic consciousness impact our new thinking on cities, citizens and the networks they weave together with governments and institutions? Learn more.

Social Innovation for Resilience in Taiwan

Audrey Tang (Digital Minister of Taiwan) and Geoff Mulgan discuss how Taiwan used social innovation and technology during the pandemic to build resilience in the country.

Re: Think series – Global/China Dialogues

In 2021, we collaborated with Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation on an event series connecting social innovators from China and around the world. 

Social Lab Symposium – a lab gathering on Hong Kong

SIX partnered with the Make a Difference Institute on the Social Lab Symposium 2019, an event that explored the social labs movement in Asia and what it means to change a system. 

Our Past Experience

1 Creating the local SI ecosystem in Asia

We played a key role in building social innovation networks across Asia.

A decade long partnership with Seoul

SIX has been part of Seoul’s social innovation journey from the beginning and has contributed to social innovation ecosystem building in Seoul in multiple ways, working closely with local civil society organisations and city government.

SIX Summer School in Mumbai

We explored how India’s emerging civic consciousness is impacting on new thinking on cities, citizens and the networks they weave together with their governments and institutions at SIX Summer School 2015 in Mumbai.

2 Connecting research and practice

How do you build shared knowledge and better connect research and practice?

South East Asian Social Innovation Network (SEASIN) was a ERASMUS+ project that aimed to implement a new model for University – Socioeconomic engagement in South East Asia, based on a combination of curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Building Research Innovation for Community Knowledge and Sustainability (BRICKS) was an ambitious project that aims to find innovative solutions to social challenges in Hong Kong by fostering collaboration between higher education institutes, NGOs, social enterprises and other organisations that deliver public services.