There is no shortage of social innovation programmes in Hong Kong’s universities, but new research shows that scholars need to engage in more practical activity and collaborations outside academia to really tackle the territory’s social challenges.
How can cities of the future innovate to improve the lives of their citizens? Social Labs are testing and developing local solutions to big problems – and prompting surprising enthusiasm from civil servants.
A powerful new collaboration between academics and social entrepreneurs – the first of its kind in Asia – will help Hong Kong come up with new ideas to tackle its endemic social problems. And neighbouring countries could follow in its tracks.
The Hong Kong government is rich, but money can’t solve every social problem. A £50m fund aims to boost social entrepreneurship across the city. Anna Patton visits to examine its progress and the challenges it has faced so far.