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Divided into the themes of Smart Home, Smart Building, and Smart Neighbourhood & Community, SIRF2020’s thematic sessions invites industry experts to explore the different spaces in which “Double Smart” has been used to tackle “Double Ageing”. There is a fourth session where academics will examine the regional landscapes of social innovation.

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Thematic Session 4

Regional Landscape on Social Innovation

Date : 20 Nov 2020 (Friday)
Time : 14:30-16:30
Language : English and Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation)
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Social innovation plays an increasingly important role in tackling issues that have emerged as a result of rapid socio-economic changes, contributing in a manner that values community engagement, collaboration and consensus building. This session explores the regional landscape of social innovation practice and research. Combining their expertise in social innovation efforts in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong respectively, Dr. Zhou Runan, Mr. Rao JinXing and Dr. Norah Wang will be presenting the findings in their joint comparative study of the social innovation landscape in the above cities, including incubator programs, funding opportunities, and challenges. Dr. Yanto Chandra will also present social innovation research from a global perspective.


Time Topic
14:30 - 14:40 Welcome Remarks
14:40 - 15:00 Speaker 1:
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
Director, Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship, PolyU

Topic: Predictors of Social Innovation Performance
15:00 - 15:20 Speaker 2:
Prof. ZHOU Runan
Associate Professor, School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University
Director of Guangzhou Social Innovation Center

Topic: Regional ecology and functional turn of social organization cultivation base: analysis from a comparative perspective
15:20 - 15:40 Speaker 3:
Dr Norah WANG
Associate of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation

Topic: Social Innovation Ecosystem in Hong Kong
15:40 - 16:00 Speaker 4:
Mr RAO JinXing
President, Researcher, Shenzhen Institute of Non-Profit Organizations

Topic: The Status, Issues, and Countermeasures of Social Innovation Spaces in Shenzhen
16:00 - 16:30 Panel Discussion:
Mr LING Kar-kan, SBS
Director, Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, PolyU




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