Reflecting on the last few months of industry events, partner conversations and Member meetings, here are my observations on some major barriers to social innovation in Hong Kong. Some of my views may be unpopular, but then again we’re not here to be mainstream. Alongside each is an example of what we’ve tried in overcoming that barrier, in case it’s useful to others.
CREATIVE COLLISION defies description, which is why we always use the term “non-conference”. It’s a forum for discussion, a platform for ideas exchange, a stage for speaking and a sandpit for experimentation, ideation and creativity. Most of all however, it is a place where large and small businesses, NGOs and social innovators, academia and government can meet to spark ideas and forge unlikely partnerships. We have turned to the session leaders themselves for their key takeaways, asking them how their learnings from the 2020 event can be used to build back better with Shared Value.
On 27 Nov., we convened CREATIVE COLLISION 2019, our first non-conference and largest tri-sector event yet, bringing together business, civil society, public sector and social innovation leaders to spark Shared Value action. More than 130 people attended, not counting volunteers (our de facto youth delegates), well exceeding our expectations. This was the first time we truly brought together our business community with our social innovation partners and public followers, with resoundingly positive feedback.