DRAGONATION SOCIAL INNOVATION FORUM – THIS IS THE WORLD FOR NEW GLOBAL CITIZENS TO KNOW MORE AND LEARN MORE
Hong Kong, 30 May 2015 – Over 120 social innovators have participated in DragoNation Social Innovation Forum at the HKUST Business School Central Campus to understand how existing social entrepreneurship operates in Hong Kong and how it changes the world.
Today’s transformed and increasingly interconnected world has spurred a revolution, ushering in collaborative approaches that address complex challenges. Many have already recognized social innovation as creative responses to social needs and challenges. Making use of cutting-edge technologies and adapting to new modes of thinking, the approach is gaining enormous momentum and successes. DragoNation, as its latest move to forge synergies in making impacts to the community, holds the Social Innovation Forum for social innovators and entrepreneurs to share and discuss ideas, experience, challenges and opportunities in devising impactful solutions for the toughest social issues.
Supported by CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, the HKUST Business School and MY Creative Workshop, the forum was started by Ms. Sindy Leung, the President of DragoNation, who welcomed all guest speakers and participants, highlighting the importance of innovation. Heavyweight social entrepreneur Dr. K K Tse was invited as the keynote speaker, the Hong Kong Godfather of social entrepreneurship and social business development summoned those eager for social solutions to devote to innovation. Dr. Tse brought “Dialogue in the Dark” to Hong Kong and China in 2008. In 2012, he found Education for Good CIC Limited with the social cause to “inspire everyone to become a changemaker and enable every business to become a social business”. He has been a member of the Government- appointed Social Enterprise Advisory Committee since 2010.
The inspiring speech was followed by two plenary sessions by renowned entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. Mr. Jason Chiu, founder and CEO of Cherrypicks, was named “Young Industrialist of Hong Kong 2014” by HKFI and “Outstanding IT Person of the Year 2014” by eZone. The early entrepreneurial journey of the company was also featured as a Harvard Business School case study. Mr. Jimmy Tao, CEO of Vitargent, was awarded The Grand Prix of the 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. His company developed ethical and safe solutions for testing chemicals in personal care products, food and water. Mr. Nelson Yip –Founder & Chairman of Unleash Foundation, was the first qualified rider for Equestrian Competition in 2008, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honour from the Government. They discussed how to lead changes through innovation, referring to the problems they met and their experiences on how to overcome them.
The second session, held by Dr. Edwin Lee, Mr. Charles Law and Mr. K K Wong, investigated “Managing User-Experience and Service Innovation”. Dr. Lee, the Founder of Bridgeway Prime Shop Fund Management Ltd., was an awardee of the 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection organized by Junior Chamber International. Mr. Law, CEO of Culture Technology Limited, which operates the Culture Homes elderly nursing homes and stores, as well as the Bridal Tea House Hotels chain. K K Wong initiated the first group buying marketing business in Hong Kong named “Gigonzone” in 2010, which became a win-win portal for both customers and merchants with diversified shopping offers.
Mr. David Lan Hong Tsung, JP and Ms. Shelley Lee Lai Kuen, JP, Directors of the Dragon Foundation and Ms. Junia Ho Suk Yin, JP, Vice-Chairperson of the Programme and Fund Raising Committee encouraged participants to continue making changes and champion a better future for our world by experience learning from guest speakers. Our sponsor speaker, Mr. Lewis Soo, the Deputy Director (Residential Channels & Marketing) of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited shared with the audience on the inspirations behind CLP’s Power Your Love Programme, the first campaign in the world combining energy saving education and livelihood improvement for underprivileged families, and how corporate could contribute to community’s sustainable development in an innovative way. Prof. Po-Chi Wu of Department of management, the HKUST Business School also gave a talk on “Leadership in Social Innovation”. Towards the end of the forum, Mr. Stanley To, the Secretary-General of the Dragon Foundation, program consultant, was invited to introduce the program of Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders Forum (Dragon 100)2015. The theme this year is “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” which would echo this forum. He closed the forum by urging application to the upcoming Dragon 100 program in August.
Guests and participants were invited to the networking dinner afterwards. DragoNation advocates for social contribution and carries out community service projects with different organizations. In the event, a total of HKD1,600 was raised to support the Nepal Earthquake 2015 disaster relief and recovery works of Hong Kong Red Cross.
SPEAKERS OF THE FORUM:
Words of Encouragement:
* Mr. David Lan Hong Tsung, JP, Director of the Dragon Foundation
* Ms. Shelley Lee Lai Kuen, JP, Director of the Dragon Foundation
* Ms. Junia Ho Suk Yin, JP, Vice-Chairperson of the Programme and Fund Raising Committee of the Dragon Foundation
* Dr. K K Tse – Founding Chair and CEO, Education for Good CIC Ltd
Plenary Session: Leading Change through Innovation
* Dr. Edwin Lee, Founder, Bridgeway Prime Shop Fund Management Ltd.
* Mr. Jimmy Tao, CEO, Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Ltd.
* Mr. Nelson Yip, Founder, Unleash Foundation
Plenary Session: Managing User-experience and Service Innovation
* Mr. Jason Chiu, CEO, Cherrypicks Ltd.
* Mr. Charles Law, CEO, Culture Technology Ltd.
* Mr. K K Wong, Founder, WOW! Marketing Co. Ltd.
DragoNation, the Alumni Association of The Dragon Foundation, was established in 2008. It aims at building a sustainable platform for alumni from all dragon programmes from 37 countries / regions, re-connecting delegates from the same programme and promoting the Foundation’s programmes. DragoNation and The Dragon Foundation work along the common theme to serve the best interests to young people, community, and Chinese descendants. Our members include past delegates from Go Go West, “Dragon 100” Young Chinese Leaders Forum and Global Citizens Programme.
ABOUT THE DRAGON FOUNDATION
The Dragon Foundation, which was initiated jointly by the Home Affairs Bureau and Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, was inaugurated and officiated by The Hon. TUNG Chee-hwa, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 12 February, 2000.
Contact: Ms. Sindy Leung, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reported by: Lawrence Leung (GC-2011)