Asian Changemakers Jam 2017 Review

( by Tim Cheung and Marcus Sun, Intern of Good Lab)

 

7月22日舉行的Asian Changemakers Jam (MaD Festival 2017 國際年會的其中一項節目)匯集了來自世界各地的創革者,向大家分享他們針對所屬社區之需要而設計的社會創新意念,促進交流合作。今年,一共有6隊普通話組的團隊和7隊英文組的團隊來到Good Lab分享。

Asian Changemakers Jam (date:22/7/2017) ( a programme of International Assembly @ MaD Festival 2017 )is an event that gathers innovators around the globe to share social innovations delivered in their communities. This year, there were 6 Mandarin-speaking teams and 7 English-speaking teams participating in the event at the Good Lab. The teams were separated based on the language they would present in.

國際交流 相遇碰撞 擦出更多火花

近年香港學生壓力問題嚴重,其中壓力是源自香港學生對未來感到不安,為就業感到憂慮。隊伍 Ifiwere有見及此,打算透過VR技術,模擬不同種類的工作環境。他們在Changemakers Jam上向觀眾展示了一段VR模擬護士工作情況的短片,片中用家飾演一名護士,可以在虛擬世界中模擬護士的日常工作。片中病房場景設計非常細緻,用家的任務不只是扶助病人,更包括選擇藥物和器材等高專業性的工作。Ifiwere的特點在於為每一間需要此服務的公司度身設計一套VR系統。這樣的系統給予學生機會去了解有興趣行業的真正工作環境,從而幫助他們選擇學科或工作;同時,也能為企業和公司提供途徑去聘請合適的員工。

香港隊伍還有Dark Alley Poems,他們以記錄街頭塗鴉來分享集體回憶,希望藉此加強港人的本土意識﹑歸屬感和香港人的身份認同;以及Unsign,他們以石頭為原料的手機附件,包括Iphone充電器和手機座,盼為可持續發展出一分力。

當晚,還有6隊來自鄰近國家的隊伍分享他們的創新企業。例如來自韓國7Pictures,它是一個為藝術家提供展示作品和籌集資金的平台;同樣來自韓國的Cornsox以協助非洲貧困家庭為目標,他們的CORN DONATION PROJECT以「粟米」循環的概念,希望能夠使有需要的人士在買賣交易中受惠;泰國的The Bonding Box希望以分享食物盒來改善辦公室關係和工作效率;印尼的One share a day則造了一個鼓勵用家日行一善的手機應用程式。來自雲耕一族的徐伽當天以過來人的身份為評論員,為不同的隊伍提供意見。他看到年青隊伍的熱心也感到相當興奮。而到來的MaDees身分不單是旁聽,也會提出意見相互交流。活動聚集了亞洲區關心社區的朋友彼此學習;當中交流相當豐盛,讓大家廣角思考。

Empowering through exchange of ideas

In recent years, stress level of local students rocketed. The major source of pressure comes from the insecurity towards the city’s future and their own career development. Noticing such phenomenon, Ifiwere decided to provide workplace simulation to students through the technology of Virtual Reality (VR). At the night of the Changemakers Jam, they brought us to the workplace of a nurse and demonstrated her daily tasks. In the VR simulations, not only do users have to provide assistance to virtual patients, they would also be given opportunities to conduct professional trainings such as giving prescriptions and operations.

Dark Alley Poems is another local team joining the Jam this year. Aiming at raising the sense of belongings and local awareness among Hong Kong people, they share collective memories through recording Graffiti on street. The last local English speaking team of the night was UNsign. They strive to achieve sustainability through creating phone accessories such as iPhone charger and stand with rocks.

On this peaceful evening, a total of 6 Asia-pacific teams shared social innovations to our participants. 7Pictures from South Korea is a fundraising platform designated for Artists to share and raise support for their artworks. Cornsox, also from South Korea aims at providing assistance to underprivileged families in Africa through selling socks made from corn. Under their Corn Donation Project, the needy ones will be benefited from the concept of corn circulation. The Bonding Box from Thailand works on improving workplace relationship and efficiency through sharing lunch boxes. One Share A Day from Indonesia also gained inspiration to create a mobile application which encourages users to achieve one good deed per day.

Andrew Tsui from Rooftop Republic was the commentator of the day to provide feedbacks to our passionate innovators. He was impressed by the commitment of innovators to their community. This event has successfully provided a channel for MaDees to gain inspirations from one another while exchanging ideas.

探討限制 共同構想 成就可能

在另一邊廂普通話組的隊伍也不甘示弱。台上創革者用心解釋計劃;台下MaDees非常積極發問,並提出疑慮和改善建議。分享的主題有公益孵化器、企業CSR顧問服務、「海玻璃」品牌文化、向青少年分享職業的「職人」、公益諮詢培訓、智能捐贈平台、社區廚房等。

Good2 Studio 孵化工作室」分享了他們為不同創業團隊整理項目,評估風險和環境趨勢的經驗,希望能提升營運效率及延續經營壽命。而「小鷹計劃」的<社區花園>則凝聚街坊力量,美化社區園圃,減少公共開支並提高中國內地公民意識。細心追蹤各群體消費習慣的「人類社會觀察院」希望能透過分享雪櫃、分類捐獻及有償替換等方法迎合市場需求和降低生產。「創客永續」則以擔起企業社會責任與可持續發展為目標,為企業制訂項目方向,協助企業定位和轉型。

「海玻璃」將回收海洋垃圾加工重塑,造成各種首飾、工藝品和生活用品,轉廢為寶,同時也保護環境。「職人」則重新定義社會對職業的既定印象和刻板描述,透過書寫職人故事、記錄教育及業界現場,與高中生和大學生分享職場點滴,探索職業。在場,還有一些臨時展示他們的項目。每隊隊伍分享後,評論員「領創派」的鍾嘉穎會提出她旳觀點和優化方案,也向大家分享了自己過往的經驗,令隊伍多一個角度認識自己的項目。各隊伍的項目都很多元,發展週期也不同,但一樣創新。

Understanding the limitations to shape a better future

In another hub at Good Lab, Mandarin-speaking teams also demonstrated their impressive innovations to other participants. While listeners benefited from the new insights, presenters also found the feedbacks rewarding to further improve their projects. During the event, a large variety of themes were covered, including non-profit incubator, Corporate Social Responsibility Consultation, Seaglass Branding Culture, SHOKUZiNE Careers advisory, Non-profit Consultancy Training, Smart Donation Platform, Community Kitchen, etc.

Good2 Studio shared their experience of providing advisory service to different start-ups. Their services include risk and trending management to lengthen the lifespan of start-ups through increasing operational efficiency. The Community Garden project enhances neighborhood cohesion and reduces public expenditure through raising civic awareness. Beautifying community gardens is one of the approach to implement their ideas. Observateurs de société de l’homme shares refrigerators, collect expense spending data from different walks of life and conduct reward substitution to reduce production while fulfilling market needs. Maker Sustainability Consulting targets to promote Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development through their services. In terms of contributions to the environment, Seaglass adopts the concept of upcycling, to collect marine waste and transform them into jewelries, art pieces and even daily groceries. SHOKUZiNE is an initiative that redefines society’s understanding towards different occupations. Through learning short stories about workmen of different sectors, high school or college students can explore their desired careers. After the sharing from each team, the commentator from LaunchPilots, Jah Ying Chung shared her own insight to the participants. Although the development cycle of different team varied, they were all innovative and creative.

整個活動氛圍輕鬆愉快,大家互相尊重和欣賞 ,也有提意見的時間。分享團隊背景比較多元,少數是全職公益人,大部分是從商業的角度切入社會問題的社會企業。這一次的JAM聚集了不同項目的負責人,可說是大開眼界。各隊伍都是處於創業的狀態,這次活動當中他們得到不少鼓勵。不少MaDees更在活動後留下談聊,交換聯絡資料,待日後聯繫並尋找合作機會。但願未來,不同隊伍能碰出火花,在不同的社區裏繼續發光,一起創建理想社區。

Overall, the event achieved great success as participants were given a platform to voice out their opinions. As most of the innovators were unlikely to be full time social entrepreneurs, the majority number of participants attempted to tackle social problems from a business perspective. Asian Changemakers Jam was not only an eye-opening experience for innovators, but also a valuable chance for them to expand their professional network. Collaborations between projects could also be one of the future directions, allowing innovators to work hand in hand for a better future.

 

 

 

Quotes:

“It has been the most fulfilling moment ever! Thank you to the commentators and MaDees for appreciating my project and giving me precious feedbacks! You all brought me energy and gave me hope to bring my project to an international level.”

「這是有史以來最滿足的一次!感激在場的MaDees和評論員對方案的讚賞,也給我寶貴的意見。這些同路人的支持為我帶來力量,也鼓勵我把自己的方案帶到國際舞台!」

The Bonding Box | Thirapongphaiboon Nantaporn 张文 (Thailand)

“The event was very inspiring!”

「這次活動非常有啟發性! 」

UNsign | Joseph Wan (Hong Kong)

“Thank you for all the efforts of the organizing committee! Changemakers Jam is truly a precious gathering for all Ma

Dees. With the interactions between participants and commentators, a relaxing and encouraging atmosphere is shaped. People’s willingness to know about sustainability and neighborhood relationship was particularly impressive.

「非常謝謝你們的用心,來MaD真的是一次難得的思想聚會。有主持人、點評人及現場互動,整個氛圍比較輕鬆愉快。現場有一些提問,主要關於項目的目標、可持續性、我和居民的關係等等,當然也有很多鼓勵。」

社區花園 Community Garden | 謝威(成都)

“This MaD experience is really rewarding. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the organizing committee for their effort. The time, venue, and event were all well-planned. Asian Changemakers Jam provided me with opportunities to communicate with different innovators. We share common values wishing to bring changes to the society. Starting from personal act, I hope to spread my influence and raise public awareness towards environmental aspects.”

「這趟MaD之行收穫很多。首先最想要感謝你們的傾力付出,無論場地,時間,計劃都安排的非常棒。Asian Changemakers Jam有讓我認識到在做各種社會創新的小伙伴。我們希望通過自身行動,感染,鼓舞身邊的每一個人在環保公益方面更勇敢的踏出第一步。最後,衷心感謝全體MaD成員的努力付出」

海玻璃Seaglass|  李抒童 (大連)

“Thank you for the excellent preparation work, I believe each and every participant enjoyed the rewarding night. Despite the differences, innovators encounter similar challenges at the beginning stage. Suggestions from fellow participants and commentators were enriching. It also gave me a chance to re-think the progress of my project.

「感謝你們用心的籌備,我們都度過了一個很有收穫的夜晚。請到的項目都很多元,發展週期不同,現場給到每個隊伍的包容和支持都一樣,而且大家都是創業的狀態,有一種看到同路人的感覺。同輩和評委的建議都很受用,大家問的問題又讓我們再次思考起許多目前做的還不足夠的事。」

咕咕斯丢丢Good² Studio |  舒揚Shuyang(Beijing)

 

“Asian Changemakers Jam is an insightful event for innovators!”

「是次活動為來自世界各地的革新者提供深刻獨到的見解!」

If I Were  |  Ling (Hong Kong)

 

 

Links:

雲耕一族

https://www.rooftoprepublic.com/

 

領創派

http://marketers.launchpilots.com/

 

Unsign

https://www.facebook.com/UNsignCraft/

 

Ifiwere

http://www.ifiwere.org/

 

Good² Studio

http://www.3espace.org/incubator//http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/6CV-nRSoUWulT6irDby64w

 

Community Garden

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/q119fRICxUWeynFv6dqUJA

 

MSC(Maker Sustainability Consulting)

msc-world.com

 

Seaglass

http://baike.baidu.com/link?url=AqA9FWRmxhU2Er4h95sR4StwkEo_vyg-pJKBt07KvhuUxgqgu5hUgJqWdM8aPUQr2YlYUTUGnwBVgdF6QMEELkVXGl1Vm1ADFieOrW6Koi9uuAC6Yd4Gj9QqFi784LA8

 

SHOKUZiNE

https://www.shokuzine.com/

 

7Pictures

https://7pictures.co.kr/

 

CornSox

http://www.cornsox.co.kr/

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