Keynote Panel 1
Social Innovation in Hong Kong: Collaborate, Experiment, and Reimagine
Collaborative action is a key theme in Hong Kong’s social innovation scene. Countless partnerships aimed at tackling the city’s challenges have sprouted in the last decade, and many of them transcend sectoral boundaries. We have now seen government departments joining up with civil intermediaries to experiment better public services. Businesses are starting to recognise the importance of creating shared value (CSV) and are working with community partners to implement purpose-driven ideas.
Against a backdrop of fast-changing socio-political circumstances, how should we interpret such prevalence of cross-sector collaborations? While they help us reimagine what is possible for Hong Kong, what is the future for these partnerships? Could Hong Kong be a leader in promoting impactful collaborations in Asia? At this panel, we have Ms Ada Wong and Mr Francis Ngai, two social innovation pioneers of Hong Kong whose organisations have made many unlikely partnerships happen.
Keynote Panel 2
Sustainable Growth 101 for Budding Social Entrepreneurs
Social innovation addresses complex social and environmental challenges we encounter by presenting solutions through services, products and business models. With the social entrepreneurship scene maturing in the past decade, Hong Kong now hosts a diverse range of social enterprises. Many social innovation ideas are home-grown, where founders have a deep understanding of the root causes of local issues. However, some claim that our local ventures often lack the capacity to fundraise and scale up for sustainable growth. This panel brings together two successful young social entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, who have worked out their sustainable models to achieve meaningful causes – one strives to enhance the quality of life for the visually impaired while the other tackles the food waste problem. The panellists will provide valuable insights and tips for budding social entrepreneurs to manoeuvre around the rapidly changing impact space in Hong Kong and beyond.
April 11 (Sun)