This conference aims to showcase the best examples of social innovation research and practice throughout the region, especially the work being carried out in and with universities. Our theme for the 2nd South East Asian Social Innovation Network International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand (8>9 October, 2019) is Exploring the Asian Social Innovation Experience – Theory and Practice.
Increasingly, social innovation is being recognized as critical for sustainable human and social development, capable of addressing the major and interrelated challenges facing society. Across Asia, governments, corporations, social organisations and social investment firms demonstrate the extent to which the social innovation eco-system is growing. That being said, significant challenges remain – including a lack of shared definitions and priorities, uncoordinated support, fledgling networks, unclear policy and limited financial provisions – that undermine progress and impact.
The South East Asia Social Innovation Network is a project funded by the European Commission which helps universities to actively engage in social innovation in order to help their communities achieve sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth, social cohesion and equity in South East Asia. SEASIN’s core objective is to create a new paradigm for knowledge exchange in universities and provide a platform for driven people focusing on innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. We believe that social innovation can solve the most pressing challenges in the world, that youth is the driving force, and in collaboration with a clear purpose – it can all be done. The theme of the 2nd South East Asian Social Innovation Network International Conference underpins our core objective.
TCU SISU provided
basic painting and recycle art training workshop to TCU SISU users for five
days. The training was conducted during May 2019. The purposes of workshop
To increase the number of SISU
users who are interested in social innovation
To recycle the wasted materials
by creating innovative products
To increase alternative income
source for the SISU users
participants are involved in the training workshop. During the training workshop,
Artist Ko Ye (external stakeholder) share his knowledge on basic painting and
ideas for creating office and home accessories such as pen cup, photo stand,
tissue box, baby toys,etc. At the end of training workshop, the competition for
creating product using wasted materials. Then, the Rector awarded the groups
who won the fisrt prize, second prize and third prize.
From SEASIN Conference held in Kuala Lumpur on the 8th and 9th October 2018 we are publishing the abstracts of the speakers who attended and submitted abstracts for this conference. To read through these click the link below, or go to the Speakers page.
In response to the
high unemployment rate amongst people with autism, Gamuda Group established
Project Differently-Abled (DA) since 2013. Young adults on the autism spectrum
were employed as part of Gamuda’s workforce since March 2014. This project was
initiated by Gamuda’s group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling as part of the
public-listed group’s Diversity & Inclusion programme designed to create an
inclusive workplace. To date, Gamuda Group has employed 20 employees who are on
the autism spectrum. The success of Project DA has inspired the company to
pioneer Enabling Academy, an Employment Transition Programme in 2016 to equip
more people with autism to work in professional jobs. This programme is fully
sponsored by Yayasan Gamuda [Gamuda Foundation].
Key Objectives of Enabling Academy
The key objective
of Enabling Academy is to provide a three-month employment transition programme
to enable more people with autism to achieve sustainable white-collar or
professional employment which leads to independent living. EA aims to
collaborate with Partner Companies to create gainful and sustainable employment
for more people with autism nationwide by training and developing a circle of
support in each respective partner company. Enabling Academy promotes an
inclusive and open-minded work culture that appreciates the abilities and
contributions of employees with autism (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Roles of Enabling Academy
Overview and Structure
Academy has two intakes per year. Each intake recruits a maximum of 10
trainees. There are four key processes involved to promote sustainable
employment (Figure 2). As shown at Figure 2, Enabling Academy aims to promote
sustainable employment through providing continuous support even after
trainees’ job placement. Upon enrolment into Enabling Academy, each trainee
will be assigned a job coach to monitor and follow-up on their progress.
Individualised support is given to equip trainees with employability skills for
Figure 2. Key processes involved to promote sustainable
There are two courses offered at Enabling Academy. Course I
and Course II are designed to equip trainees with relevant soft skills and
practical job training that are essential for employability:
I: Personal Development for Career Sustainability
This course focuses on soft skills development, covers three
modules: Personal Management, Career Management and Life Management. Training
is conducted in classroom setting with creative approaches that encourage
active participations from trainees for effective learning. Lessons learned is
enhanced during practical training.
II: Job Skills Development
A mock office with simulated-based learning approach is set
up at the academy to provide trainee an experience in a corporate work
environment with relevant jobs, such as administration, IT assistant or
programmer, research assistant, accounting and engineering profession to
develop their employability skills. Besides practical job training, basic work
etiquettes such as communication skills, accountability, team work and time
management are taught in practical ways.
Criteria to Join Enabling Academy
Applicants who are 21 years old and above and have an
official autism diagnosis or medical report from a registered psychologist/
psychiatrist are eligible to apply for Enabling Academy.
Other requirements include minimum secondary school education
(or equivalent), diploma or a bachelor’s degree, possess basic work etiquette
and vocational aptitude suitable for any administrative or professional jobs in
corporate setting, interested in corporate employment and has the ability to
work in an office environment as well as independent living skills. For further
details, please refer to appendix 1 (E-flyer of Enabling Academy).
At present, there are six full-time staff who are
professionally trained in the field of psychology, special education or
counselling are employed to support the group’s 20 DA employees, 18 graduates
from Enabling Academy who have been placed into respective partner companies
and 11 trainees who are currently undergoing three-month pre-employment training.
Each staff serves the role as a trainer and job coach.
In the span of a year, from May 2017 to April 2018, Enabling
Academy has placed 18 young adults with autism in 15 corporate companies that
are partners of Enabling Academy. Their position includes administrative
assistant, technical officer (chemical engineering), accounts officer, document
analyst, mailing clerk/coordinator, data entry officer and others.
EA is currently in collaboration with the Malaysia Department
of Social Welfare to organise a seminar on Employment Transition Programme
(ETP) for key stakeholders such as Department of Special Education, Department
of Skills Development, relevant NGOs and Private sectors, in view of
implementing ETP as a national programme to equip more people with disabilities
Being a pioneer Employment Transition Programme in
Malaysia, EA hopes to be a role model to other employment transition centres in