In 2012/13, I was tasked to help establish a whole new government funding scheme, namely the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (SIE) Fund, with an aim to provide impetus to propel the development of social entrepreneurs and build the local social innovation ecosystem. At the time, the government had been providing resources to fund and support the development of the social enterprise sector for almost a decade. The staunch support from the government had already enabled the social enterprise sector to flourish and gain recognition generally in Hong Kong.
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.
The Power of Youth and Diversity Towards Actionable Innovation Around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
I was fortunate to join 1000 young talents across 162 countries who gathered in Shenzhen, China from 6 to 13 November 2019. It was the third year of the UNLEASH initiative; a global innovation lab transforming insights into implementable and scalable solutions for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNLEASH aspires to provide next generation solutions for the SDGs by igniting much needed change.