The Urban Commons Incubator Scheme is an educational programme that aims to nurture youngsters to create community projects based on the principles of commons, fostering community-based lifestyles, supporting social economy, protecting labour rights and promoting sustainable consumption. The inaugural edition focuses on Tuen Mun, Tin Shui Wai and Yuen Long, connecting Lingnan University with organisations and residents in the neighbouring districts via the network of Light Rail, the public transport serving only the northwest New Territories of Hong Kong.

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How can we, as city dwellers, co-govern urban resources and co-design everyday living experience among ourselves? In the face of economic insecurity and environmental crisis, the practices of urban commons have been on a rise around the world to foster community connection and sharing, create more people-friendly spaces, and encourage eco-friendly lifestyles. Drawing from local initiatives and international examples such as iCOOP Korea, this discussion will look at how our city can be reimagined as commons.

The talk will be followed by a briefing and recruitment session of the Urban Commons Incubator Scheme, a series of workshops that provide theoretical, creative, and social entrepreneurship training for inspired youngsters to establish their own urban commons projects. 

All Lingnan staff and students are welcomed.

Date:18 Oct 2021 (Mon)
Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Venue:LBY G01, Lam Bing Yim Building, Lingnan University
Language: Cantonese

4:30 p.m.    Welcome remarks

4:45 p.m.    Keynote session | Sharing Hong Kong

    Ms. Ada WONG Ying-kay
    Solicitor | Supervisor, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
    Chairperson, Ednovators | Chairperson, Good Lab Foundation
    Chairperson, Make A Difference Institute 

    Prof. Lisa LEUNG    
    Associate Director, Centre for Cultural Research and Development

5:30 p.m.  Recruitment session

Students of Lingnan University can apply for 1.5 ILP credits (Civic Education and Leadership Development). *

*The application is subject to approval by the Office of Student Affairs.

Ada Y K WONG, JP founded Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture (HKICC) to advocate education innovation in 1998. Since 2006, HKICC founded the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, a unique secondary school dedicated to nurturing talents for arts and culture, and Ada is the school's Supervisor.

In 2010, she co-founded the Make A Difference (MaD) initiative (, a creativity for good platform for young changemakers in Asia. In the last 12 years, MaD has undertaken projects at the intersection of creativity and urban/social challenges, incubated social startups, and has worked with cross sector changemakers to come up with bottom-up creative and collaborative solutions.

In 2012 Ada founded The Good Lab (, a social innovation co-working space and hub, which later became a do tank and innovation consultancy to enable tri-sector collaborations for positive changes in society. Since 2016, in her capacity as a Director of the non-profit Ednovators, Ada designed and led the Innopower Teacher Fellowship (, a programme to build teachers’ innovation capacity and implement education innovations.

Ada was an elected member of the Urban Council and Wan Chai District Council between 1995 and 2008 with the last four years as Chairperson of the Wan Chai District Council. She received her BA (Hons) from Pomona College, California USA, and M Ed from the University of Hong Kong. She is an Honorary Fellow of Lingnan University, Hong Kong Education University and the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Urban Commons Incubator Scheme

The inaugural, cross-disciplinary training scheme covers cultural theories, creative writing, technology and entrepreneurship related to urban commons. Under the guidance of workshop instructors, participants will submit project proposals to the Hostel Entrepreneurship Laboratory co-organised by Office of Student Affairs and Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative, Techstars Startup Weekend, Enactus @ LU or Hultprize @ LU that organized by Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative to secure the seed funding. Office of Student Affairs will offer venue support and encourage hall students to actively participate in this Scheme, creating projects that serve their halls.

Click here to view the workshop details and introduction on instructors (available in Chinese version only). 

Date: 8 Nov 2021-14 Feb 2022
8 Nov (Mon), 13 Nov*(Sat), 20 Nov* (Sat), 27 Nov* (Sat), 15 Jan* (Sat), 24 Jan (Mon) , 7 Feb (Mon), 14 Feb (Mon)
Mondays, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
* Four sessions of field visits will be scheduled on Saturdays; the detailed timetable will be             announced in due course.

Venue: Lingnan University, with field visits to the northwest New Territories
Eligibility: Students from Lingnan University
Quota: 20
Fee:  Free of charge, travel allowances and a certificate will be provided to participants with over 80% of attendance rate.

Application Deadline: 25 Oct 2021 (Mon)  

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For inquiries, please contact us at or +852 2616 7696.

Organised by:
Centre for Cultural Research and Development, Lingnan University

Co-organised by:
Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative, Lingnan University
Office of Student Affairs, Lingnan University
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Launch Ceremony
18 Oct 2021 (Mon)

4:30-6 p.m.
Venue LBY G01, Lam Bing Yim Building, Lingnan University


Incubator Scheme
8 Nov 2021-14 Feb 2022

Application Deadline 25 Oct 2021 (Mon)