Design Trust Feature Grant


Enable Foundation

DementiaLand is the 1st international dissemination of Enable Foundation (EF) initiated action design research study, DEMENTIA GOING™ Project, funded by HKSAR Government’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund). DEMENTIA GOING™ Project aimed at engaging YOUNG and OLD citizens to co-design possibilities for our future Super Ageing Society. The key message is to invite everyone to “let go” with dementia.

As a non-profit social design and research agency, EF collaborates with Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing, a regional expert in dementia care since 2015, to co-present our first international exchange with a series of Dementia Things. The first stop is Copenhagen in early October 2019, as part of the city major cultural night with Centre for Demens; The enable team will participate in Dutch Design Week 2019 with London based artist and designer Pascal Anson, to exhibit a series of Dementia Jackets, to explore further how design objects can inspire everyone to be creative and open-minded with Dementia in our future super ageing society, as well as attending the Dementia Lab 2019 conference. The results of design exchanges will be brought back to Hong Kong and shared with dementia service providers in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area through JCCPA’s network.

About Enable Foundation

Enable Foundation is a non-profit social design agency with expertise in cross-generational co-creation and design researches for real-world impact. Enable Foundation aims to develop capacity training programmes and projects on design thinking & doing, as well as creativity with individuals, organisations from private and public sectors. It was founded in 2017 in Hong Kong, after receiving a startup funding from HKSAR Government’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) to support its first 2-year capacity building cross-generational innovation programme, Social Innovation Design Lab (SI.DLab). Enable Foundation invites partners from different sectors with shared values and beliefs to collaboratively address the three social issues on ageing innovation in Hong Kong. Projects include ‘Fine Dying’ which involves members of the public co-designing “Objects of Death” related to
urban culture; “Dementia Going” which generates ideas to bring people with dementia integrate into the community and “Productive Ageing” thinking how to age well with creativity and dignity in Hong Kong. Nature of business: Social Design Services and Design Research

About Yanki Lee

Dr Yanki LEE is an architectural designer, social innovator, design activist and expert in design research for social inclusion and participation. She has extensive experience of collaborating with designers, helping them to engage people through their design processes. As an international speaker and writer, Dr Lee has published over 50 peerreviewed papers and articles.

She graduated with an MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art (RCA) before joining the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) as a Research Associate in 2000. In 2007 she was awarded a PhD in design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her thesis, entitled, ‘Design Participation Tactics; involving people in the design of their built environment’ explored a range of methodologies to design participation: in conjunction with Professor John Frazer. Since 2005, she co-founded EXHIBIT and has worked as a Research Fellow at the RCA, focusing on design methodology for participation, social inclusion and social innovation. In 2011, she was awarded the fellow of excellence of UK- China Fellowship as visiting scholar of Tsinghua University and in 2012, she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2012 for her contribution to design research community.

Based on her extensive experience of leading multi-disciplinary design teams, she was invited to find and direct the HKDI DESIS for Social Design Research for the Hong Kong Design Institute between 2013- 2017. In 2017 April, with support of SIE fund, Dr Lee co-found Enable Foundation, a social design agency in Hong Kong curating projects to help individuals or organisations to develop their own social design practice to contribute on social innovation and venturing.

About Ire Tsui

Ire Tsui is a design & lifestyle writer, editor and researcher, based in Hong Kong. Founder of design research studio Talking Hands, and Head of Communications at Enable Foundation, a non-profit social design agency.

Trained as a designer, researcher and anthropologist. She graduated from BA (Hons) in Design at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong and received her MA in Anthropology from Chinese University of Hong Kong. Previously worked as the Managing Editor of ingpao Weekly, MING and CREAM magazine, with almost 15 years of experience in creative publishing industry. Tsui works collaboratively with designers, artists, cultural institutions and brands, where she created projects with teams from Making on Loft ( community design and research studio), PolyU SD Press, RTHK, Tai Kwun : Centre for Heritage and Arts HK Department Store Project, Design Trust, roBags, Camlux Hotel, and contributed to Obscura Magazine, the Initium, COBO Social, ELLE (HK), Sunday Mingpao, City Magazine, HKIPF and more.