Selected Local Cases

  • GroundWorks
  • Book Punch
  • 天姿作圍
  • AuLaw Organic Commons

GroundWorks, St James’ Settlement: Building a Community Oriented Mutual Economy Development Model

Established in 2007, GroundWorks adopts the community economic development model and Community Oriented Mutual Economy (時分券)with aims to improve the quality of life of local communities. Members are provided with dignity working opportunity in exchange of time vouchers for the products they need, e.g. fresh vegetables. Members’ active participation with regular member meetings facilitate their communication for co-deciding important issues and development direction.

Book Punch: Rethinking the Values of Books and Local Food Production

Opened in 2020, Book Punch provides a platform for the local community to gather and share views through reading books and seminars. Breaking the usual buying and reading practice, Book Punch enables the community to rethink the values of “books” – the book shop has no discount offered to the customers but they can get local fresh farm produce. Book Punch hopes to urge the community respecting the authors and caring about the local food production.

天姿作圍: Time-voucher to Bring New Vibes and Achieve Community Empowerment

Initiated in 2013, it hopes to create an opportunity for women in Tin Shui Wai to bring new vibes and creations in the neighborhood. They aim to bridge the social capital, idle space and excessive resources in the area with collective power with grassroots women and nature. Applying the framework of the Eco-Village, on "ecology", "society", "economy" and "world view" levels, they attempt to practice sustainable living and strengthen social resilience. Foci of their work include: (1) setting up a "time-voucher" labour hour and product redeem system, (2) ecology farming and local food production (3) community and agriculture educational tours and workshops and (4) community organizer training.

AuLaw Organic Commons: Connecting Farmers in the Tai Kong Po Tsuen Community

AuLaw Organic Commons builds an online purchase and delivery platform on a website that features in selling high standard local, fresh and organic farm products. The project team hopes to connect farmers in the Tai Kong Po Tsuen community to join the sales platform, building a “co-selling” network. It is hoped that the income and production of farmers can both be enhanced. Also, the team would like to build a mutually beneficial interaction between rural and urban community by inviting the latter to join the project's delivery scheme and farm activities. The team believes CSA can exist in various forms. Apart from consumption, the team would also like to build a healthy relationship between urban and rural communities with mutual understanding, benefit and trust.

Hong Kong Women Workers' Association (HKWWA): Women Empowerment and Capacity Building

Founded in 1989, HKWWA is a Kwun Tong-based charity dedicated to lifting working-class women from poverty. It provides services and training to empower women to change the society with their capability. It also helps women to set up workers cooperatives to run business with economic democracy strategies, explore alternatives to address women's economic need and restore their dignity. An example is “CU Women Cooperative” (女工合作社). Workers in the kiosk are considered “members”, and are awarded the same hourly wage regardless of their experience. They hold meetings in discussing daily issues of the kiosk, from what food to serve to the usage of revenue. Profit made by the kiosk was used in supporting the establishment of other cooperatives, as well as funding local labour activities.

The Federation of Vegetable Marketing Co-Operative Societies (FVMCS): Building a Vegetable Marketing Networks for Farmers in Hong Kong

Established in 1953 by a group of farmers in Hong Kong, FVMCS is a farmer’s organisation with more than 20 member cooperative societies from different region of the territory. The aims of FVMCS include providing support to members in farming technology, farm produce development, marketing and product distribution in Hong Kong. The roles of member societies are to manage the flow of vegetable marketing including logistics and wholesale as well as to operate the vegetable collection points. It acts as a bridge between the members and the government, while coordinating these societies’ operation. All the societies are financed by the commissions received in the marketing process.

Videos adopted from Panel: Transgressing Neo-liberal Value and Centralizing Power: Hong Kong Commons in Practice at The International Association for the Study of the Commons 2021

Misinformation Policy Manager, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Jenna is a Product Policy Manager on Facebook’s Misinformation Policy team. She specialises in global health misinformation and misinformation in the Asia-Pacific region, and is based in Singapore.

Product Policy Manager, Inauthentic Behavior, Facebook

Sam Traynor is the Product Policy manager for Inauthentic behavior at Facebook. For almost the last decade he has been working in the integrity space in variety of roles and companies mainly focusing on protecting user voice, the authenticity of conversations, and the integrity of the civic process.

Head of Content Regulation, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Meg Chang is the Content Regulation Policy Lead for Facebook in the APAC region. Prior to this role, she was an Elections Manager and led Facebook’s election integrity efforts across EMEA, including the European Elections, the UK general election, and the Polish parliamentary and presidential elections, among many others. Before Facebook, she was the head of operations and publisher at EUobserver, a Brussels-based EU political and investigative news outlet. She also worked as a management consultant for Global 1000 companies in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. She studied politics and law at the University of Kent in the UK.

Public Policy Research Manager, Data for Good, Facebook

Alex Pompe is a Research Manager on Facebook’s Data for Good team. This team builds privacy-protecting data sets to aid response work for natural disasters and public health crises (here is a recent example from the COVID19 response: https://research.fb.com/blog/2020/06/protecting-privacy-in-facebook-mobility-data-during-the-covid-19-response/). Previously, Alex led the growth team at a startup scaling the company to 35 countries over 3 years. Prior to this he worked on access to information and Internet programs for 6 years at an international NGO called IREX; first in Ukraine, next in Namibia, and then in Washington DC. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching mathematics in Namibia from 2006 to 2008. Alex holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois, and an MS from the University of Michigan (where he also taught astrophysics.) He has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Maryland’s School of Information.

Public Policy Manager, Hong Kong, Facebook

Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Raina is the Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, APAC for Facebook. She is a lawyer by training and is a former regulator, having previously worked at the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in the position of Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Legal, Policy & Research). Prior to joining the Hong Kong data protection authority, Raina had extensive legal in-house experience and held management positions in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. She served as the Assistant Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Hong Kong Disneyland and was the Deputy Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Shanghai Disney Resort during the initial construction stage of the project when she helped set up the legal function at the Shanghai Disney Resort. Raina held a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Chan’s primary research concerns the institutions that shape the consumption and distortion of information in different organizational settings. His current research explores how bureaucrats handle information and the impact of institutions on their choices.

Ongoing projects deal with different aspects of bureaucratic control in authoritarian regimes, such as administrative oversight, juridical intervention, internal reporting, and legislative decision-making.

He holds a PhD Degree in Public Policy from the O’Neill School of Public and Environment Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington.

Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Dr Winnie Law is the Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainable development, community planning and environmental management. She also works with a team of researchers and conducts policy research, action research and knowledge exchange projects on rural revitalization, social innovation, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Dr Law has been a director of the Conservancy Association since 2005 and has served on a number of HKSAR Government’s advisory committees including Advisory Council for the Environment. At the regional level, Dr Law was commissioned by the EU and UNDP as a planning and social monitoring expert for their city planning and environmental management programmes in Vietnam. Dr Law was one of the invited speakers for the first TedxTongChongSt’s series on Hacking the Future and delivered a talk on Future of Sustainability in 2019.

Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam is Director of the Centre for Civil Society and Governance (CCSG), and Professor in Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He finished his undergraduate study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Lam is an expert in common-pool resource management, institutional policy analysis, public governance, and civil society. His research has focused on the design of efficient institutional arrangements for the governance and management of public resources, a core issue in public administration and sustainable development. Professor Lam has served on the editorial committees of Public Administration Review (PAR), International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), and Asian Politics and Policy (APP), and is co-editor of The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA).

Director of Public Policy, Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, Facebook

George Chen joined Facebook in January 2016 as the company’s first-ever policy representative based in Hong Kong, home for Facebook in the Greater China region. Currently as the Public Policy Director for Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, George serves as Facebook’s “ambassador” to engage with the people and governments across the vast and diverse regions.

Prior to Facebook, George has worked in the media sector for about 15 years. George was a 2014 Yale World Fellow and a 2015 fellow of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. George is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hong Kong where he focuses his research on freedom of expression and misinformation.