MaD believes in the social potential of creativity. Through participatory programmes, we inspire and empower young people all over Asia to come up with innovative responses to our time's challenges.
Founded in 2009, our long term goal is building a creative civil society. Our portfolio includes the Jockey Club Make a Difference School, Jockey Club Make a Difference Social Lab, MaD Good Lab, urban pioneering projects, creative ventures with corporates, arts and cultural organizations as well as regional exchanges. Focusing on the creative industries, our annual MaD Festival is a multifaceted programme that explores innovative practices and fosters synergies across silos and countries. Attended by 1,300 participants from over 100 cities in Asia and beyond, we invite aspiring changemakers to join at different entry points—from gaining awareness to acquiring knowledge and taking actions.
Since 2014, MaD has been steered by the Make a Difference Institute, a community-initiated organization and a registered non-profit under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Ordinance. Before then, MaD was an anchor project of the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture.
Through creative undertakings, we endeavour for a fairer, greener and happier society at local, regional and international levels.
With the willingness to understand difference, empathy and openness, we build trust and foster synergies across disciplines, silos and generations.
Keep learning and keep accumulating knowledge
We are a platform for a new generation creative talents and budding initiatives, and champion ethical and sustainable practice.
Uncle Hung, Creative Partner, The Dumb Poet in a Dumb City (Hong Kong)
Liz BARRY, Director of Community Development, Public Lab for Open Technology and Science (New York)
MaD 2017 Participant (Taipei)
MaD 2016 Participant (Vientiane)
Dr Louis NG, Deputy Director, Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Participant, Accumulator Scheme (Hong Kong)
We work with partners from different fields. Click the categories to see our core network:
(Names arranged in alphabetical order)