British Council launches ‘BRICKS’, a groundbreaking new project to catalyse Hong Kong universities, enterprise and NGOs on social innovation
Media Launch: Wednesday 22 August, 11.30 – 13.00
What? The British Council in Hong Kong and partners are launching a pioneering new project to catalyse higher education institutes (HEIs), enterprise and NGOs to collaborate to find innovative solutions to social issues in Hong Kong.
Called BRICKS and standing for Building Research Innovation for Community Knowledge and Sustainability, this initiative is funded by the SIE Fund and brings together a consortium of local and global leaders with expertise in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, cultural relations, trust-building and academic research excellence.
A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable or fair than present solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole, rather than to private individuals.
Through BRICKS, the British Council and project partners - the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), the Good Lab and Professor Alex Nicholls of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford - aim to collaborate with all eight publicly-funded universities and other HEIs to drive fresh approaches to research and teaching, to share best practice on social innovation and to cement relationships between academics and community practitioners to tackle social challenges in Hong Kong.
Why? BRICKS envisages a higher education system that can develop the research and leadership skills in students and graduates that the ‘future economy’ demands and that can address key issues faced by Hong Kong and other developed economies such as: inequality, ageing societies, lack of affordable housing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
It believes that new approaches to teaching and research in higher education and cross-sectoral collaborations between academic institutions, social innovators and entrepreneurs, social services and NGOs can empower the future leaders of Hong Kong to build a society in which nobody is left behind.
Who? Media are cordially invited to the launch of this project to learn more about BRICKS, its objectives, activities and planned outcomes.
Speakers and people available to talk to the media will include:
•Tristan Ace, Project Director, BRICKS and Global Social Enterprise Development Lead, British Council in Hong Kong
•Patricia Lau, Deputy Commissioner for Efficiency, HKSAR Government
•Professor Alex Nicholls, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK
•Professor Wei Shyy, President-Designate of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
•Louise Pulford, Convenor and Director, Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), UK
•Ada Wong, Director, The Good Lab, Hong Kong
•Chris Ng, Head of Programmes Development, British Council in Hong Kong
Where? Eaton Hotel, 2/F, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong
When?Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
11.30-12.00 – registration and refreshments
12.00-13.00 – project launch, with speeches and Q&A