DREAM:IN China was a series of innovative workshops held in China as a part of the DREAM:IN Global Academic Program

In the spring of 2013, DREAM:IN China took place in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The DREAM:IN China participants had the opportunity to learn from the Dreams of India and Brazil, as well as discover China’s own raw creative material: it’s citizens aspirations and Dreams.

The DREAM:IN Team in association with a team from Parsons, led by Prof. Carlos Teixeira organised the DREAM:IN China experience in the spring of 2013. The team from Parsons were trained in the DREAM:IN methodology and in order to prepare for the DREAM:IN China project, customised the DREAM:IN Methodology and tool kits to Mandarin.

The Team at Parsons tied up with 2 Universities and 1 educational institution in China, namely Tsinghua University, Beijing, Tongji University, Shanghai and Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong. Students from these institutes were trained in the DREAM:IN Methodology in association with the DREAM:IN Team via video conferencing. Post the training, the students went out and captured a few Dreams of people in China. The Dreams were then analysed and edited in to capsules (interspersed with Dreams from India and Brazil).

Soon after, there were a series of innovative design thinking 2-day workshops at the following places -

Tsinghua University, Beijing 23-24 March
Tongji University, Shanghai 29-30 March
Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong 2-3 April

Students, professionals, designers and others were invited to participate in the workshops. In Beijing there were 80 participants, Shanghai had 75 participants and Hong Kong had 55 participants

All three city workshops (2 days for each city) were extremely efficient and yielded a host of solutions/scenarios based on the Dreams that were captured.

The topic of the conference was "design-driven business innovation" and there were many subjects addressed throughout the workshops with the collaboration of people from various industries/areas.

Some of the subjects and models discussed during the workshops were –

1. Art and cultural development
2. Eco-farming
3. Interactive game designing
4. Butoh performing
5. Having an NGO for senior citizens
1. Co-working spaces
2. Social innovation for rural/urban (design harvest)
3. Interactive game designing
4. Butoh performing
5. Having an NGO for senior citizens
6. Sustainable design
Hong Kong
1. Multimedia platforms for art & culture
2. Dialogues in the dark
3. A Secret tour of Hong Kong
4. The Diamond Cab model – providing accessible transportation
5. The state of artists/ painters/ musicians

Given below are topics that were discussed during the workshop -

1. Communication between China and the world
2. Affordable healthcare
3. Clean air and environment
4. Preservation of local culture
5. Healthcare for the elderly
6. A balanced life
7. Affordable housing
8. Public management
9. Financial services
10. Education in rural areas
1. Trust and investment
2. Families without children
3. Mental healthcare
4. Medical policy
5. Food safety
6. Culture and heritage
7. Women empowerment
8. Affordable public housing
9. Clean Air
10. Environment
Hong Kong
1. Public healthcare
2. Leverage cultural heritage
3. Lifelong learning
4. New economic model
5. Social innovation
6. Communal space
7. Open platform (democratization of information)
8. Poverty & the economic gap

The role of these workshops was to apply ideation methodologies to create solutions or scenarios addressing each of the topics mentioned above. The result was very well received and there are plans to do another series of such workshops in 2014.

DREAM:IN China Partners

Beijing; (Tsinghua University)
Shanghai;(Tongji University, TEKTAO, China Bridge)
Hong Kong (iDK, Innovation Center, Polytechnic)
General partners (IDIOM and Parsons School of Design)