SE Lab @ Yau Tsim Mong - Multi-Shades of Hong Kong

September 5, 2021
9:00 am
5:30 pm
Yau Tsim Mong Multicultural Activity Centre, Hall (59 Battery Street, Jordan, Kowloon)
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【Two-day workshop finished SUCCESSFULLY! Thank you for your support! 】

Thank you to everyone who attended the two-day workshop! In the past two days of the workshop, three groups of participants used "Design Thinking" as the main axis to first contact non-Chinese people and understand their background and culture - Communicate with them and experience their daily life firsthand, so as to understand their difficulties and the difficulties they face. The three groups of participants will kick off to work on their ideas under the guidance of instructors in the next six weeks, the sharing session will be held at the end of October.

【Multi-Shades of Hong Kong

Community Social Innovation Lab @ Yau Tsim Mong

We may not share the same skin colour, we may not speak the same language, but we all see Hong Kong as our home. Wouldn’t that be weird if we say ‘HongKongers stand as one’ while accidentally treating the non-Chinese communities as “outsiders”?

How might we make Yau Tsim Mong, where we see strong bondings among neighbourhoods, to become more culturally inclusive? How might we foster the sense of belonging of non-Chinese population towards the community?

We proudly present to you【Multi-Shades of Hong Kong】Community Social Innovation Lab @ Yau Tsim Mong, an 8-week incubation programme to promote multicultural inclusion. It is hoped that participants from multifarious cultural backgrounds can walk hand in hand, build empathy with one another, and develop deeper understanding about the Yau Tsim Mong community through the application of ‘Design Thinking’.

We cordially invite you, who are passionate about the local community and of different cultural backgrounds, to join us on this social innovation journey! Renowned cross-sector thought-leaders and representatives from multicultural communities will gather to bring our participants into the world of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. Participants will also learn and apply Design Thinking as a human-centred approach to develop ideas and solutions in response to the needs of multicultural communities, creating a positive social change for Yau Tsim Mong.

In the programme’s 2-day Design Thinking workshops, in addition to inspirational sharing from our guest speakers, participants will visit the streets and alleys of Yau Tsim Mong and engage with non-Chinese kai-fongs to understand their lives and challenges. Participants will identify pain-points in the community, examine the causes and work in teams to develop actionable solutions that address them. After the workshops, each team will have the chance of getting a small seed fund of $1,500 to put the ideas into action with the support and guidance from seasoned social innovation practitioners.

Programme Highlights

  • Co-create social innovation projects with participants from multicultural backgrounds
  • Learn and adopt Design Thinking to discover and develop novel solutions to foster multicultural inclusion in Yau Tsim Mong
  • Tour around the Yau Tsim Mong community, exchange views with non-Chinese kai-fongs and understand more about their livelihoods
  • Have the opportunity to gain a small seed fund ($1,500 per team) to kick-start and test out the ideas over a 6-week implementation period
  • Receive coaching from seasoned social innovation practitioners at Good Lab

Important Dates

Participants are required to attend all activities below:

*After completing the 2-day Design Thinking workshops on 5 & 12 September, all participants in teams, with coaching from social innovation practitioners, are expected to spend six weeks to put their ideas into action, test out the prototypes, and share their experiences in the Sharing Session.

Language: English & Cantonese

Eligibility: HK citizens of different ethnic backgrounds aged 18 or above

Fee: Free of charge^


^Participants are required to pay a $200 refundable deposit, which will be refunded upon full completion of the programme by late October.

Organiser: Social Enterprise Summit

Co-Organiser: Good Lab (

Collaborator: Multiculturalism in Action Project (

Venue Supporter: Yau Tsim Mong Multicultural Activity Centre

Guests & Speakers

  • Jeffrey ANDREWS (Hong Kong’s first Indian social worker; Vice-chairperson, Hong Kong Unison; Assistant Manager, Christian Action)
  • Phyllis CHEUNG (Executive Director, Hong Kong Unison)
  • Rita GURUNG (Chief Advisor and Centre In-charge of Hong Kong Nepalese Federation)
  • Warren LUK (Chair, SES @ Yau Tsim Mong; CEO, Good Lab)
  • Maria TAM (Director, Multiculturalism in Action Project, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Wyman TANG (Founder, Kabaddi United Hong Kong)
  • Zain Ul ABBADIN (Coach, Kabaddi United Hong Kong)
  • Rojit SHARMA (Coach, Kabaddi United Hong Kong)
  • Ada WONG (Executive Chair, Good Lab)
  • Rebecca YUNG (Chair, Organising Committee of Social Enterprise Summit)