Communities, Networks & Collectives Salon: 2 to 73,000


In an era of sharing and purpose economy based around impact, networks and communities, people no longer gather around just events or conferences–they gather around communities that forge a sense of identity, place, and purpose.

Welcoming keynote speaker Richard Hsu, Pan-Asia Network Founder / TEDx Senior Ambassador in China, alongside the Mettā curators for January – Vinny Ng (Founder of 1+1=11 Productions and TEDxWanChai and the International Live Events Association board member) and Emma Sherrard Matthews (CEO of Quintessentially APAC and Young Presidents Organization member) – we will explore what it take to build an authentic network of trust and purpose in Hong Kong and further afield during this special salon, moderated by Tony Verb.

What do models like co-learning, co-designing, Pan-Asia Network, TEDx, Burning Man, Singularity University, UNESCO, Neighbors and the G20 all have in common? How do we look at opportunities to build unique and meaningful platforms and ecosystems?


Pan-Asia Network Founder / TEDx Senior Ambassador in China

Shanghai born, Richard Hsu spent his teenage years in Europe, and attended university in East Coast USA. From there, he began his formal work training in New York, Tokyo and Southeast Asia, and returned to Greater China in 2002. Hsu’s work experience ranges from museums, publications, retail and brand development, education, learning platforms and community ecosystems and city consultancy to urban-rural bridge development. His primary activities presently include running lectures and workshops at D&I, SFC Tongji University Shanghai, and SVA MFA Design for Social Innovation. Hsu also serves as an advisor / ambassador for ecosystems and platforms such as TED, TEDx, Pan-Asia Network, Burning Man, UNESCO, Singularity U, APEC, G20, Denmark Design Association, The Berkman Center at Harvard, and Digital Asia Hub. He also consults commercial clients in the areas of brand development, innovation and content development.


6pm: Welcome drinks (Chivas tea bar fine here)

6:30pm Welcome remarks by Tony & intro brief intro of the community curators (Emma & Vinny)

6:35pm Vinny introduces Richard Hsu

6:55pm Panel discussion intros

7:00pm Panel discussion

7:30pm Q&A

7:45pm Networking & Drinks

8:30pm Event ends

This event is organised by Mettā

Wed Jan 25, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM HKT
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21/F California Tower 加州大廈 30-32 D'Aguilar Street Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong Hong Kong