Having researched on innovation best practices locally and globally, YES Network has arrived at a systematic innovation framework that could be applied into individual, workplace and whole organization context. Using the framework, YES Network designed an actionable 48-Hour cross-sector collaborative ‘Think & Do Tank’ platform, where we put the right People into the right environment to tackle Hong Kong’s complex social issues, one at a time such as the environmental issue in HK.

 

A group of over 40 self-selected changemakers from diverse disciplines and cross-sectors such as the government, university, NGOs, corporates were immersed into an innovation design process and co-create project solutions that could made HK a more sustainable city to live in. After the 48 hours event, the projects and community are continued to be supported through further trainings.

 
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Research Project With 20 Stakeholders within Environmental Sector

 

Before creating any capacity building trainings and programmes on the topic of “social innovation, entrepreneurship, and cross-sector collaboration”, it is important to first understand the needs and existing practices of different stakeholders within the environmental sector.
To that, the YES Network Team had initiated a research project and conducted face-to-face interviews with close to 20 individuals representing different stakeholders within the environmental space. Some of the participating stakeholders include (I-NGO) WWF, Friends of the Earth ; (local NGO) HK Bird Watching Society; (Social Enterprise) Redress; (Think-Thank) Civic Exchange ; (CSR) CLP; (University) HKU Academia etc.
The insights and understanding gathered through the research was invaluable towards the design of later trainings and capacity building programmes of the project.

 
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Hong Kong Sustainability Jam 2012

 

Hong Kong Sustainability Jam 2012 is an actionable 48-Hour cross sector collaborative ‘Think & Do Tank’ Platform where we put the right People into the right environment to tackle Hong Kong’s complex environmental problems in sustainable ways. A group of over 40 attendees from diverse disciplines and cross-sectors such as the government, university, NGOs, corporates were immersed into an innovation design process and co-created 6 project solutions that could made HK a more sustainable city to live in. This is a concurrent global event where over 50 cities around the world participated and YES Network is the host for Hong Kong city.

Attendees: 40, cross-sectoral participants (from the government, academia, NGOs/SEs and Corporates)
To know more of HK Sustainability Jam – Click Here

 


 

Hong Kong Sustainability Jam Post-jam Network Workshop

 

In this post-jam, learning-intensive workshop, 25 participants from various professional sectors and industries came together to touchbase and refresh their takeaways from the sustainability Jam; the day involves in-depth training on design-thinking and community building among the participants. The event aims to enhance participants’ knowledge in social innovation and cross-sector collaboration among the professional individuals.

Attendees: 25, cross-sectoral participants (from the government, academia, NGOs/SEs and Corporates)
To know more of HK Sustainability Jam – Click Here

 
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EcoDesign Fair Social Innovation Training in Shanghai

 

Partnering with IDEO and GoodtoChina, YES Network delivered a Design Thinking Training on social innovation for 40 participants from various environmental NGOs in Shanghai China, in conjunction with the annual EcoDesign Fair 2013.

Target Audience: 40 MBA students (Executive Level Managers of different industries from China)

 
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Shanghai University GLMBA: Training on SE: Enterprises of the Future

 

As a part of the MBA programme from Shanghai University, YES Network delivered a 2-part workshop for their 40 MBA professionals, introducing core concepts on social innovation and outlining the Social Enterprising Landscape in Asia. The students are then guided through an interactive learning session where they are invited to walk through the process of innovation and social enterprise business model design.

Target Audience: 40 MBA students (from China)

 
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Research Project With 20 Stakeholders within Environmental Sector

 

Before creating any capacity building trainings and programmes on the topic of “social innovation, entrepreneurship, and cross-sector collaboration”, it is important to first understand the needs and existing practices of different stakeholders within the environmental sector.
To that, the YES Network Team had initiated a research project and conducted face-to-face interviews with close to 20 individuals representing different stakeholders within the environmental space. Some of the participating stakeholders include (I-NGO) WWF, Friends of the Earth ; (local NGO) HK Bird Watching Society; (Social Enterprise) Redress; (Think-Thank) Civic Exchange ; (CSR) CLP; (University) HKU Academia etc.
The insights and understanding gathered through the research was invaluable towards the design of later trainings and capacity building programmes of the project.

OUR LEARNINGS

Social Changemaker
 
 

    • Team members formed during the 48 hours Jam might not be the ideal venture teammate to work with in the long term
    • Although teams are formed according to their social cause of interest during the Jam, the teammates might not be the ideal members to work with in long term, due to distinct difference in vision, values, character, personality, commitment etc.

 

Social Innovation Process
 
 

  • The changemakers learned a great deal and were inspired to bring the tools to action.
  • However, facing the complex systemic social issues, they wished they could have more and specific guidance to the different social context they faced with.
  • 48 hours were not enough. The participants wished to have more time to work together in long-term, in order to have enough iterations to bring the ideas to maturity.
Cross Sector Collaboration
 
 

  • Cross-sector Collaboration brings benefits of multidisciplinary perspectives, better utilization of resources, and creation of new value
  • However, it needs common values and vision for fruitful collaboration to materialize and sustain for long term.
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration might be even more effective through personalization in terms of types of involvements, phase of projects, flexibility of engagements etc.

OUR CHANGES

Social Changemaker
 
 

    • Instead of focusing on training a large number of people, we now select the fully committed social entrepreneur whom we focus on supporting and equipping through our carefully structured 6-months long incubation programme.

 

Social Innovation Process
 
 

  • On top of the hands-on trainings provided, we now incorporate weekly coaching sessions and fieldwork support
  • This helps our social entrepreneurs navigate the complexity of applying the knowledge learned to the systemic social issues they are tackling.
Cross-Sector Collaboration
 
 

  • Instead of having change agents from different sectors work together within 48 hours like we did in SusJam 2012, we have now enhanced cross-sector collaboration
  • We now connect social entrepreneurs with vision-aligned connections based on the relevant stage and needs of incubation teams.

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

 
Sustainability Jam’s Organizing Team:
Project Manager: Connie Lee, Helen Leung
Delegate Servicing: Lan Hoang, Amos Yeung, Gordon Zhang
Operations: Belinda Lam, Joyce Wong, Irene Lee
Speakers:
Wayne Larkin, Canberra Jam Organizer, Assisting Manager of Innovation Department of Australian Government
Sloan Kulper, Chief Design Officer at One Earth Designs
Chong Chan Yau, Chairman of Carbon Care Asia
Kristin Low, Associate Director at Digital Butter
 
 

 
Judges
Kim Salkeld, Head, Efficiency Unit, HKSAR Government
Paul Angwin, Managing Director Asia Pacific, People and Planet
Dominic Chan, Founder and Partner, Dark Horse Investment
Chong Chan Yau, Chairman of Carbon Care Asia
Kristin Low, Associate Director at Digital Butter
Mentors
William Liang – Professor of Entrepreneurship @ PolyU
Elaine Ann – CEO, Kaisor Innovation
Anita Lam – Co-founder, WOOF
Sloan Kulper, One Earth Designs
Kristin Low, Digital Butter
 
Partners
Canberra Sustainability Jam
HKU
Jockey Club
Journalism Media Studies Centre (JMSC)
GoodtoChina (Ecodesign Fair)
IDEO (Ecodesign Fair)
Shanghai University MBA Center
Business School, Hunan University
School of Management, Inner Mongolia University of Technology
Special Thanks to:
Tom Wu, CFA, China

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