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What is "Village Reimagined"
"Village Reimagined" is a multifaceted process for 1,300 participants to reimagine ways to reorganize society and our lives with creativity, solidarity and the mindset of "villagers"--how we can build greater resilience towards the economic, social and ecological challenges of our time, and how we can innovate new systems with sharing, respect for one another and other species, and sustainability as our modus operandi.
The multitrack programmes include:
*Confirmed participants will register online for these activities during 19-24 Jan.
Co-founder + Architect, Gehl Architects (Denmark)
Artist + Founder, Project Row Houses (US)
Director, Sazasa Forest Museum (Taiwan)
In Villagers' Assembles, everyone will take center stage -- you will be seated on the main stage and actively explore each session's theme. There will be sharing by guests, exchange with fellow villagers and interactive processes. Like villagers who get together to share thoughts on what matters, we will do the same for our imaginative village.
One morning, two villagers wake up in the forest. Through the leaves of a big tree, the sun lits up a trail for some hardworking ants. A drop of dew gathers on a fern. It nods gently, and whispers a kind word.
Atelier Hui-Kan (Taiwan/France)
Once upon a time, someone from the high-rises nearby comes to this village with the feelings of being lost and unuseful. The first thing he sees in this village is little groups of semi-wild animals amongst the omnipresent vegetation. This place is different from all the places he has been because if inhabitants rely on high technology for their work, they keep a lot of time for cultural practices and use their hands for creating their living and always changing the environment. He hopes to settle and study in the village.
University of the Trees (UOT) + Social Sculpture Research Unit (SSRU) (UK)
Once upon a time, someone from the distant big city comes to this village to hear how the villagers feel about the new initiative to beam school education via satellite to every village and for every child over five to be given a tablet. The first thing she sees in this village is everybody lying on the ground with their eyes closed, and then speaking one by one from this strange position. She is told later that every day, before they begin their daily activities and work, everyone is invited to take part in a social-dreaming process that includes communicating something from the night, like a dream, or any images, insights and thoughts they have gathered in the night. This place is different from all other places she has been, not only because people usually communicate sitting up, but because she knows of nowhere else where what goes on in the inner field and beyond the light of day is so valued and made space for. She hopes to participate in this social dreaming process during this short stay in the village.
Writer + Independent curator (HK)
In the afternoon, three villagers take a rest after a morning in the fields. "In the city, they don't grow rice anymore," says a villager.
"Then what do they eat?"
"They import." They do not know the lovely paddy fields. (Actually their rice is industrially manufactured, boosted by chemicals.) Because they do not know it takes the farmer's months of care (or in their case, extended underpaid labour), they do not always finish every grain in their bowls.
The villagers share a handful of peanuts, and keep the shells for compost.
Incredible Edible Todmorden (UK)
Dr Lindsay SMALES
Once upon a time, someone from Guangdong Province comes to this village with the expectation of seeing exciting new ways of living in and relating to our neighbourhoods. The first thing he sees in this village are residents and children growing vegetables and herbs, which anyone can pick for free, in leftover spaces and on previously unused street corners. This place is different from all the places he has been because it has creatively challenged the way we think about the potential of our homes, sustainability, local food and how we can use where we live for the greater good. He hopes to take the lessons he has learned in this amazing village and apply them to his own community.
Society of Indigenous Learning (HK)
Once upon a time, someone from the countryside comes to this village with stories of life. The first things he sees in this village are trees in concrete planters. Their crowns block the sun, and their roots are crooked. This place is different from all the places he has been because the trees are too orderly. They are set apart in calculated distance. Trees, bushes, climbers and weeds are all lined up like a disciplined army. He hopes to bring the plants from concrete pots to earth, let them take roots and let life reconnect in its own way.
Time to Grow (HK)
In the middle of the village, there is a plaza. There villagers gather to share all sorts of marvellous things, and discuss matters of great importance.
One day, a lost policeman arrives in the village. When he sees villagers planting, dancing and playing spinning tops here and there, he asks, "Who's in charge here?"
A map maker replies, "We decide together. Is there something you wish to do here?"
Seoul Community Support Centre (South Korea)
Ecosistema Urbano (Spain)
Prof Belinda TATO + Prof Jose Luis VALLEJO
Founding Partners + Directors
Once upon a time, someone from another planet comes to this village with huge curiosity. The first thing s/he sees in this village is people cooperating and working together, sharing knowledge and managing efficiently their time and resources. It is not about competitiveness, but about cooperation which makes this particular village peculiar. Technology tools enable them to organize, communicate and share ideas and tools as never before. There were no people reinventing the wheel again and again or hiding significant knowledge, since creative commons thinking and open culture was part of everyday life in this village. This place is different from all the places s/he has been because this amazing and efficient cooperation mood makes it possible to live, work and enjoy life with better conditions for everyone. S/he hopes to learn from the organization of people in the village.
Get hands-on with change-making:
Have you ever walked consciously on the earth? And then noticed your thoughts and feelings about this? How does the earth speak to us of the way we live on this planet? With a handful of earth, or things made of this earth, we will enter a field of awareness and discover the paths we are walking towards a humane and ecological future.
Coordinator, University of the Trees + Director, Social Sculpture Research Unit (UK)
You don't need paddy fields and a buffalo to grow your food! Join this hunt for farming places in the city, and map out planting beds for carrots and cabbages -- on the road, by the tree, under the flyover... and in all sorts incredible locations!
The Incredible Edible Spaces Hunt
#All participants must have access to a digital camera or mobile phone camera.
Dr Lindsay SMALES
Placemaking Lead, Incredible Edible Todmorden (UK)
Time to Grow (HK)
Now to 60
City Yeast (Taiwan)
Dream Your City
Prof Belinda TATO + Prof Jose Luis VALLEJO
Founding Partners + Directors, Ecosistema Urbano
A friendly but concentrated listening session of some sound recordings of various environments from Taiwan, crossing natural environments, industrial areas and villages.
Variations of Memory
Create with materials from nature. Recall memories of the senses and reflect on the self.
Co-founder, SoiL (HK)
Converse with changemakers:
- Chatroom with Helle SØHOLT Co-founder + Architect, Gehl Architects (Denmark)
- Chatroom with Rick LOWE Artist + Founder, Project Row Houses (US)
- Chatroom with YOU Chang-bok Chief Director, Seoul Community Support Centre (South Korea)
- Chatroom with Aliman Director, Sazasa Forest Museum (Taiwan)
In English with English & Chinese subtitles
50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe questioning our assumptions about modernity and exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning.
In English & Portuguese with English & Chinese subtitles
Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" - or self -designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives.
In Korean wth English & Chinese subtitles
**Chatroom with YOU Chang-bok will be related to this screening.
In English with English & Chinese subtitles
Maker is a feature documentary looking into the Maker Movement in America reforming the economy with a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together. The “Maker Movement", sometimes called the “Third Industrial Revolution," subverts traditional manufacturing by advocating innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the Maker Movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.
“Planting for Life”
In Putonghua with English & Chinese subtitles
Old Jia was a white-collar worker who gave up his city life and returned to the countryside with his wife, Lizi. He abandoned chemical fertilizer to practice natural farming. His attitude and philosophy attracted a big group of admirers from the city, whereas local villagers found his approaches disagreeable. When Old Jia finally left and looked back this part of his life, he saw the germination of seeds, the birth of new life, the harvest of crops, and the betrayal of love. And as always, life goes on.
In the past few decades, Hong Kong has become the new homes of many families, and the mode of development does not seem to have changed, dominated by reclamation and relocating villages. Good Family Farm partners with Tung Chung Community Develoment Alliance to take us into Tung Chung new town, to embrace the land and coastal scenary of Tung Chung Bay, investigate stories of old villages, and experience the self-sustaining simple life in the past. We will also get to know the community in the housing estates, learn how they manage to produce their own food, to go against consumption monopoly, and taking lives in their own hands.
Exploring Good Lab – A Hub Where Minds and Actions Meet
This excursion takes you to the Good Lab. The Good Lab is Hong Kong’s first Social Innovation hub. We build a community of changemakers at our co-working spaces by providing learning programmes and experimentation opportunities for the development of innovative ideas. We ignite interest in and encourage tri-sector collaboration to solve complex social and environmental problems through our Social Innovation Academy.
The Good Lab is founded by 7 key players in Hong Kong's social innovation ecosystem: Dialogue Experience, Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum, Make A Difference Institute, Social Enterprise Summit, Social Ventures Hong Kong, Education for Good and Solutions On Wheels.
Yummy Street Guide – The Culinary Culture of Wan Chai
How is our culinary experience shaped by urban development? In this tour we will show you traditional snacks sold in Wan Chai, and visit restaurants nested in historic buildings and “Dai Pai Tongs” in the neighbourhood. In the process we will come to understand how a city's food culture evolves with community development and changes in government policies.
Artwalker - sowing art in community
An advocate of local art creation and people-centered artistic education, artwalker is a community art studio based inside an industrial building in Tuen Mun. By providing a wide range of art experience programmes, artwalker aims to help people discover their true selves.
Field Trip to Wetlands in Nam Sang Wai
Nam Sang Wai, situated in the northwest of Hong Hong, is an important wetland habitat. Every year, there are over 10,000 birds wintering (such as globally important species: black-faced spoonbill) in this area. It serves as a buffer between the neighbouring Mai Po Reserve and the urban area. However, development plans in this area are proposed recently. There is a hot debate on whether the area should be conserved or it should be developed as a residential area. We hope participants can understand the wetland environment and the biodiversity of Nam Sang Wai and on the other hand, the pressure and trade off for urban development.
Explore Alternatives in Everyday Life
School of Everyday Life (SOEL) is a newly established community hub situated in a former secondary school campus on the top of a slope in Tai Po. The collective of SOEL advocates positive changes in everyday life through caring and empathetic understanding of the Self, the others and the environment. By focusing on our mundane choices of eating, clothing, living and entertainment, we can reorient ourselves from existing conditioned rigidness. With the venture, you will lead to experience stories about education, about playing without cell phones, about a biscuit and a cup of tea, etc., so as to uncover beauties and kindness underneath our daily lives.
The Old and New stories of Kowloon City
Kowloon City bears witness to more than a hundred years of history in Hong Kong. But it has undergone a complete transformation. With the demolishment of the Walled City and the consequent establishment of a park, the ruins came to light again, yet, the district has been completely turned around. Kowloon City remains an interesting experience nonetheless. This was our familiar Hong Kong, where couples go on dates in cha chaan tengs, people do their shopping at export boutiques, and gods and deities bless those who offer pious prayers. It is a closely-knitted neighborhood with a vivid sense of community. One encounters interesting spots from Lok Sin Tong, Hau Wong Temple, the retired Kai Tak airport, everyday wonders in wet markets, to tiny little traditional shops, Little Thailand and Little Chiu Chow.
Tin Sau Bazaar - the Treasure Hunt
Life with Trees
Trees,a common asset of our city. We encounter a lot of urban trees in our everyday lives. Meanwhile, how much do you know about them? “Life with Trees”aims to share the urban tree ecology and its importance to the city. By observing our living environment, you will get familiar with the common trees and how their growth and safety affect us.
Wandering in the Community Space to To Kwa Wan
The history of To Kwa Wan can be dated from the Sung Dynasty. This place has been evolved by the rise and decline of the industrial era. Nowadays, traditional and local shops could still be found but urbanization is threatening the area. The local neighborhood is using their unique and interesting way in shaping the local culture. Community Cultural Concern is now hosting a one-year community artist training project “To Kwa Wan Community Builder” and is in partnership with a local neighborhood art space namely To Kwa Wan House of Stories. This tour will lead you to understand this unique and interesting district and its social network. We will also share with you about our methodology of building a community.
Changemakers Starters' Kit*
Want to do something but not sure exactly what you can do? Join Changemakers’ Starter Kit! Louise and Newey will guide you to match your passion and concern.
Director, Social Innovation Exchange(SIX) (UK)
Phonchan (Newey) KRAIWATNUTSORN
Deputy Country Director, Ashoka Thailand (Thailand)
MaD's signature programme for changemakers to share, connect and muster support.
How can I join?
Reinvent the "market" with sharing as a principle.
Free: unrestricted, free of charge
The word "free" and the word "friend" share the same root – the ancient word meaning "to love". In ancient Europe where the society was based on the slavery/feudal system, only those who were not slaves were free. Only when two people are not master and slave, or when they are not trying to use each other, that they can become true friends freely.
What is the relationship between people like in the modern society, one that is ruled by market forces? How do we understand the same word of "free"? Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had famously claimed that "There is no such thing as society", meaning that there is no space of collective action and exchange outside the market and the family. The market is nonetheless streamlined in neoliberalism.
Have we forgot the origin of freedom and the time when the market, in the form of a fair, was a place where people got together not only to trade goods, but to share cakes and jams, enjoy public entertainment, chat and gossip, and build friendships? Apart from trading money and goods freely, what other imaginations do we have for the "free market"? What can we share in the market?
How do you, as a villager, picture the village market of MaD 2015? Let's build our Free Market together, and freely share your ideas with friends within and outside the village!
What Do You Want to Change?
Be a villager journalist and write the village's news together.
We are calling for contributions!
Once upon a time, someone from Amsterdam comes to this village with a curious mind.The first thing s/he sees in this village is people working together.This place is different from all the places s/he has been becauseno one seems to be left out.S/he hopes to understand what the secret in the village is.
Graduate Institute of Building & Planning, National Taiwan University(Taiwan)
Dr KANG Min-jay
Once upon a time, someone from “the invisible city” comes to this village with fear and desire.The first thing s/he sees in this village is the spiral staircase encrusted with spiral seashells in Isidora, the city of his dreams. This place is different from all the places s/he has been because he was young in the dreamed-of city, but when he arrives Isidora, he is already an old man. In the square, the elderlies sit together beside a wall and watch the young go by. He sits with these elderlies and desires are already memories. S/he hopes to discover a different city growing from a crack – Marozia, which consists of the city of the rat and the city of the swallow. Both cities change with time, but their relationship does not change; the latter is the one about to free itself from the former.
Taking part in "Village Reimagined" + register for programmes
You will choose your own activities, but instead of picking things like a consumer concerned about your own interests, could you take part with a new mindset? Let's take the activities as spaces for:
We appreciate that you would like to take an active part, but programme spaces are limited. If each of us is mindful and take part in 1 Villagers' Assembly and 1 Potluck Activities, there should be spaces for everyone. And of course, you can always join the Field Activities with more flexible capacity.
To make the sharing of places easier for 1,300 people, we will do pre-registration. You can plan your day ahead of time. In case you change your mind, you could exchange places with fellow villagers. But make sure you do this in good time so your booked places would not be wasted.
As villagers, we are not here to drink from a built fountain, but to dig a well together. Further to enjoying and gaining inspirations in the activities, you will also proactively contribute to the content and collaboratively make the forum a meaningful process. This village counts on you.
Programmes pre-forum registration
Confirmed participants will receive an email about the details of the registration. Do check your mail box regularly (the junk/spam mail box in particular)!