Re-examine and Rethink Hong Kong through a Peace Lens
COVID mutation, zero-COVID measures and political and constitutional makeover have affected the community in superficial and fundamental ways. Social distancing has, over time, impacted not just queuing and seating arrangements but also economic activities and sense of belonging or isolation in the community.
How do we build a community that is resilient enough to look beyond differences and to look out for one another in times of crisis? How do we develop innovative ideas for building our community?
The Peace Fellowship invites young people to examine these issues through the peace lens and to draw lessons from places that have experienced significant social and political changes.
Peace Fellows will explore the possibilities of peace in a workshop setting, and then work in teams to identify opportunities and formulate actionable solutions to social issues.
We are looking for 12 university students who are open-minded and interested in social, political and cultural issues to join this new cohort of Fellows.
Workshop Week and Peace Lab
The January fellowship consists of two parts:
- Part 1 Workshop Week (3 – 7 January 2022): 5 days of workshops and other group activities, including an overnight camp on 6 and 7 January, on subjects related to peace and conflict
- Part 2 Peace Lab (8 January – 18 February 2022): an experiential lab that takes place over 6 weeks during which Fellows will attend 4 half-day in-person sessions on 22 January, 29 January, 5 February and 18 February and work in teams to develop solutions to social issues
The Peace Fellowship will be conducted largely in Cantonese. 活動主要以廣東話進行。
Siu CHO, Dr. Cho Man-Kit, lecturer of Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been sharing Nonviolent Communication and group facilitation to the wider public in recent years, and supporting civic groups to turn conflict into learning opportunities, retrieve lost visions and develop systems that are more collaborative in order to keep moving in the long journey ahead.
Dr Hui Po-Keung is a scholar in cultural studies and liberal studies in Hong Kong. Dr Hui has researched extensively on topics related to education and is interested in thinking and writing about peace over the years, including nonviolence and anti-war movements. As an educator, he explores facilitation methods that motivate people to learn. He was an Associate Professor of the Lingnam University until 2021.
Paddy Ng is a slasher with many hats - artist, maker, social researcher, entrepreneur. A designer by training, Paddy is interested in how design can create a positive impact on individuals and communities. Before starting Wheel Things Maker and Making on Loft, two initiatives which promote innovation and making, Paddy worked as a consultant advising the government on the design of community consultation strategies, as well as handling social sustainability and impact analysis.
Yeung Chun Yin, who has been nicknamed “Uncle Salt (鹽叔)” in Cantonese, graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong and the Department of Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He went on to study a PhD Programme in Humboldt University of Berlin and King’s College London to further his study. In 2016, Uncle Salt and his comrades established a group “Corrupt the Youth'' and started to host “Philosophy Night” in RTHK31, aiming to introduce philosophy to the general public. He is now teaching philosophy and critical thinking courses in various tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.
Health in Action (HIA) is a non-profit with a vision of health for all and a mission to work for health equity for the society in Hong Kong. HIA believes in a holistic approach for health which takes into account mental, physical and social aspects of an individual and the community. The team aspired to promote a healthy city in Hong Kong through direct service, research, advocacy, and incubation. HIA runs a health hub in Kwai Tsing providing primary health services to the community.
Founded in 2004, HER Fund mobilises resources for women’s empowerment, the promotion of social changes and gender equality. HER Fund supports the most vulnerable women and girls in Hong Kong by providing capacity-building, leadership training and small grants to grassroots organisations led by and serving the most disadvantaged. HER Fund strives to increase the visibility of marginalised women and girls and the issues they face.
Mobile Co-Learning aimed at promoting and nurturing the spirit of self-learning as well as cultivating a local community of co-learners. From 2016 onwards, Mobile Co-Learning organised diversified co-learning activities including short-term courses, cultural salons, study groups, screenings, DIY workshops. Outreach facilitation workshops and packaged training sessions have also been actively explored and developed in recent years. Culminated number of members and participants have been over a thousand.
Part 1: Workshop Week (3 – 7 January 2022)
The activities are designed to provide a safe space for interactive learning on peace and related topics.
Sustainable peace and the community: What are some emerging forms of community, and how do these new communities change the ways we participate in public affairs? How do we sustain peace through community engagement?
Conflict transformation: How do we better understand the dynamics of the conflicts in our communities? How does it help reveal values and needs and provide opportunities to transform relationships?
Civil society and peacebuilding: What roles do civil society organisations play in community participation? How do civil society organisations enable meaningful and vital public engagement in decision-making?
Building trust for peace: Why is trust necessary for tackling conflict? How can we reinstate trust in one another so as to build community resilience?
Part 2: Peace Lab (8 January – 18 February 2022)
Peacebuilding requires imagination and commitment. The Peace Lab will help Fellows test their ideas and put them to work.
How does it work?
Understand the issue: Fellows will research a social issue and speak with stakeholders to understand its causes and dynamics and their needs
Identify solutions: Fellows will identify means to address the needs and develop actionable plans
Integrate peace values: Values that are at the core of peacebuilding, such as inclusivity, respect, trust, nonviolence, sustainability, will be key design considerations of the solutions
Build and test out prototypes: Fellows will test the prototypes with end-users and refine the design
Duration and format:
The Peace Lab will commence immediately after the workshop week. It will take place over 6 weeks from 8 January to 18 February 2022, during which each team will work with the Peace Generation team plus external mentors and advisers.
Fellows are expected to:
- Work closely with team members in person or online
- Spend an average of one day per week on developing the solution
- Arrange regular meetings with mentors/advisers
- Attend in-person workshops on 22 January, 29 January, and 5 February
- Attend an in-person final presentation session on 18 February
We are looking for 12 Peace Fellows who are:
- Undergraduate or graduate students in Hong Kong tertiary education institutions
- Able to commit to the full programme (Mandatory sessions include a pre-fellowship meetup on 29 December 2021 (2 – 5pm), and all sessions in Parts 1 & 2)
- Interested in the intersection between peace and social, political and cultural issues in Hong Kong
- Open-minded and passionate about learning and meeting people
- Online briefing session: 3.30 – 4.30pm, 22 November 2021 (Thursday)
- Deadline for application: 11:59pm, 5 December 2021 (Sunday)
- Online interviews for selected applicants: From 1 December 2021
- Confirmation of successful application: Week of 6 December 2021
- Pre-fellowship meetup: 2 – 5pm, 29 December 2021 (Wednesday)
- Workshop week: 3 – 7 January 2022 (Monday - Friday)
- Peace Lab: 8 January – 18 February 2022