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[HKIP CPC Seminar] Social Labs - Community Participation, Design and Experimentation (21 March 2019, Thur)

HKIP Community Planning Committee Seminar

Social Labs – Community Participation, Design and Experimentation

Further to the Social Impact Assessment Series introduced earlier, the Community Planning Committee (CPC) invited the Project Director/ Consultant of Jockey Club Make a Difference (MaD) Social Lab to share with us her experience in executing urban experimental (or what we may call placemaking) projects at the community level.

Date:21 March 2019 (Thur)

Time:19:30 – 21:00

Venue: HKIP Office (Unit No. 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King's Road, North Point, HK)


CPD:1.5 hours

Speaker:Rachel Yan (Project Director/ Consultant, MaD Social Lab)

Registration: Please register at by 14 March 2019 (Thur)

* Registration is on first-come-first-served basis

About the Seminar

What if we set up a laboratory for the complex social challenges we face in our community? A lab that is at the heart of the community, a safe space where citizens and civil servants discuss, explore and prototype with creativity.

In 2016 we established the Jockey Club Make a Difference (MaD) Social Lab, Hong Kong’s first community-initiated public services innovation lab. Since then we had run labs on library services, park services and walkable streets with respective government departments, to innovate public services and policies through design thinking, community participation and alternative scenario experiments. This seminar walks us through the experiences, challenges and outcomes of running social labs in Hong Kong.

About MaD

Founded in 2009, Make a Difference Institute ( is a regional think-and-do collaborative platform where young people in Asia explore creativity for good, meet cross-disciplinary changemakers and synergize across sectors for innovative solutions to social challenges. Our long term goal is building a creative civil society, through a diverse portfolio of participatory programmes, urban pioneering projects, creative ventures and regional exchanges.

About the Speaker

Rachel Yan co-founded the JC MaD Social Lab, and has been a lead social lab facilitator and lab designer. An enthusiastic tri-sector athlete, Rachel has a diverse career trajectory in the business, cultural and social sectors, all centering on project design, stakeholder engagement and research. She is keen to bring in a community- and user-driven perspective to the professional world.

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