Asia Top Social Needs (ATSN)


Tell us which social issue you are most concerned about. We will offer the Asia Social Innovation Award to innovators who develop creative solutions to your social issue.

With 3 minutes of your time, you will make the world a better place tomorrow.

The Results

The top 3 social needs are highlighted in orange rectangles.

Note: Max-Diff scores are usually reported to 0-100 scale where:
- A score of 100 means the item has always been chosen as having the strongest personal relevance.
- A score of 0 means the item has always been chosen as having the least personal relevance.
- A score of 50 is neutrality. A score less than 50 means the item is on average more likely to be considered the most relevant than the least. The opposite for a score greater than 50.
- Items scoring below 50 should not be considered for further development as they are performing below average.

We believe that everyone can take a first step to think an innovative solution to improve the city we live in. If you got an initial social start-up idea, you may propose your idea that tackles a pressing social issue related to your country in 200-500 words or video to participate the Asia Social Innovation Award. Winners will have the opportunity to sharpen their idea and business model in social start-up weekend with our network supports.

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Tips: When you are thinking of a solution for Asia Top Social Needs, you may find that the social problem is rather difficult and complex. Try to identify a small piece within the general social problem and combine it with social needs, then think of an innovative solution to tackle it. You may refer to the Social Innovation Ideas Library, to see how other people are using innovative solutions to tackle their urban issues.

About Asia Top Social Needs (ATSN)

ATSN polls citizens from main countries/ cities in Asia to discover the most pressing social issues and inspire innovations to solve them afterward through the Asia Social Innovation Award. ATSN is organized by Social Venture Hong Kong (SVhk) in collaboration with Macromill.

About Social Ventures Hong Kong

Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk), founded in 2007, is a venture philanthropic organization focused on inventing, incubating and investing in social start-ups that address urban challenges through sustainable and innovative business solutions.

About Macromill

MACROMILL group is the fastest growing provider of consumer insights and marketing analytics solutions. With the recent merger of MetrixLab , the MACROMILL group has now 25 offices in 13 countries throughout the world. Through the use of advanced respondent engagement techniques, comprehensive analytic tools, and expert knowledge of research science, we helps clients innovate, optimize and evaluate marketing programs that deliver high-value business impact.


In collaboration with Macromill

The study is to identify the top social needs and most relevant to the participants from 13 main Asian countries/cities (China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam). The top 3 of social needs will become the next topics of Asia Social Innovation Award 2016.

The study includes 4 major areas of social needs (Poverty, Social, Environmental and Economic). Under the 4 major areas, there are 16 sub-categories of social issues for choosing (Housing, Employment, Income Inequality, Health, Community relationship, Social Inequality, Youth, Family & Child, Education, Ageing population, Protection against crime & violence, Environment, Water & sanitation, Waste & recycling management, Food insecurity & Agriculture development and Town planning). The survey also provides an opportunity for participants to enter their own concerned social issue.

Participants will give responses to vote their most concerned social issues. We will use Max-Diff approach as a means of differentiating the personal relevance of different social issues. After the voting, we will response some innovative solutions to the participants corresponding to the voted social issues.

Social Innovation Ideas Library

We would like to share some innovative social start-ups that are doing to tackle a social issue. You can take the ideas as a reference and think about a social start-up for your cities.

Light Be
Light Be (Hong Kong)
Light Be works with private proprietors to provide affordable housing for single-parent families as they work towards self-reliance. Certainty of having a roof over their heads allows the parent to develop skills and provides a safe environment for their children.

Tackling social issues: housing, poverty, community relationship, etc.
Liter of Light
Liter Of Light (Philippines)
The Liter of Light is an expanding movement that lights homes around the world with old plastic bottles, water and chlorine. The devices refract sunlight and become 55-watt solar bulbs.

Tackling social issue: housing.
Dialogue in the Dark
Dialogue in the Dark (Germany)
Blind guides lead small groups through specially designed settings in the dark to raise awareness and change attitudes towards blindness and provide employment for the blind and visually impaired. Over 6 million visitors have experienced Dialogue in the Dark in over 25 countries.

Tackling social issues: employment, social inclusion, etc.
Big Issue
The Big Issue (United Kingdom)
The Big Issue is a street magazine sold by homeless individuals to earn legitimate income. It has inspired papers in more than 120 countries to reduce homelessness and encourage self-help.

Tackling social issues: employment, social inclusion, poverty etc.
Community Shop
Community Shop (United Kingdom)
Community Shop sells discounted surplus food from supermarkets to low income communities. Faulty food packaging normally contributes to the 30,000 tonnes of food that go to waste every year. Members can also sign up for tailored, professional development programmes.

Tackling social issues: poverty, environment, etc. (United States)
Kiva connects individual moneylenders or donors with low-income entrepreneurs and students in 80 countries and has brought many dreams to life.

Tackling social issues: poverty.
GoodGym (United Kingdom)
GoodGym combines running with social missions such as visiting isolated elderlies, doing manual labour for community organisations and helping the vulnerable with household jobs.

Tackling social issues: health, youth, etc.
Medic Mobile
Medic Mobile (Malawi)
Medic Mobile is a software toolkit that connects hardest-to-reach communities with health workers to treat illnesses, ensure safe deliveries, track outbreaks and keep stock of medicines. It supports 8,000 frontline health workers and benefits 6 million people across 20 countries.

Tackling social issues: health, poverty, etc.
Nextdoor (United States)
Nextdoor is a free, private platform for neighbourhood communities to talk about their communal problems and help each other in matters such as break-ins, lost pets, finding babysitters, etc.

Tackling social issues:community relationship.
Local Alike
Local Alike (Thailand)
Local Alike is an online tourism platform that preserves local cultures through community tourism. It creates sustainable livelihoods and preserves culture by harnessing local knowledge.

Tackling social issues: poverty, community relationship, conservation of cultural, etc.
Conflict Kitchen
Conflict Kitchen (United States)
Conflict Kitchen is a takeout restaurant in Pittsburgh that serves food from countries with which the United States is currently in conflict. The meal comes with a folded up guide as a wrapper, to discuss various themes and points of conflict. It uses the social relations of food and economic exchange to engage the general public in discussions about countries, cultures, etc.

Tackling social issues: social inclusion.
Dignity Kitchen
Dignity Kitchen (Singapore)
Dignity Kitchen is a school which trains the disabled and disadvantaged to cook hawker food, then offers them job placements so they can have better lives and better opportunities to be successful in their own right.

Tackling social issues: social inclusion, employment, etc.
Livity (United Kingdom)
Livity trains and supports youths to develop marketing campaigns for corporate clients, during which the youths are equipped with skills and opportunities to build brighter futures.

Tackling social issues: youth.
ELIV (Taiwan)
Empowering Lives through Innovative Volunteerism promotes volunteerism and growth through environment sustainability and poverty alleviation projects, with an emphasis on a hands-on approach with the local community.

Tackling social issues: youth, community relationship, etc.
Parents 1st
Parents 1st (United Kingdom)
Parents 1st recruits those with parenting experience to offer support and encouragement to parents-to-be and new parents. It also provides assistance in assessing local services that would alleviate potential parenting difficulties.

Tackling social issues: family & child.
CookConnect (Hong Kong)
CookConnect teaches families to utilise surplus food and develop healthy eating habits, thus reducing food waste and narrowing wealth discrepancy.

Tackling social issues: family & child, poverty, etc.
Design for Change
Design for Change (India)
Design for Change (DFC) guides and equips children to develop and implement creative solutions to social and environmental problems through a simple 4-step design process of Feel-Imagine-Do-Share, which encourages the children’s empathy, ethics, engagement and elevation.

Tackling social issues: education.
MyBnk (United Kingdom)
MyBnk offers 11-25 year olds interest-free loans and marketplaces to set up initiatives. These young people learn from experience and develop leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.

Tackling social issues: education, youth.
Textbooks for Change
Textbooks for Change (United States)
Textbooks for Change collects used textbooks from student groups for re-use by incoming students at universities in the developed and developing world.

Tackling social issues: education, poverty, etc.
Senior Citizen Home Safety Association
Senior Citizen Home Safety Association (Hong Kong)
Offers 24-hour personal caring and emergency assistance services to the elderly through its core service, Personal Emergency Link, with the mission to enhance the living quality of the elderly through technology and people-oriented services.

Tackling social issues: ageing population.
Diamond Cab
Diamond Cab (Hong Kong)
Diamond Cab creates a first barrier-free taxi service in Hong Kong by offering 24-hour point-to-point taxi service for wheelchair users.

Tackling social issues: ageing population.
I Paid A Bribe
I Paid A Bribe (India)
I Paid A Bribe leverages the transparency and anonymity of the Internet by encouraging victims of corruption to share details of bribes paid on the website.

Tackling social issues: social inclusion, protection against crime, etc.
Hollaback! (Columbia)
Hollaback! is an app and online blog building in 84 cities, 25 countries and 12 different languages that lets women and the LGBTQ community share and address their experiences with sexual harassment, creating accountability and support.

Tackling social issues: social inclusion, protection against violence, etc.
BreezoMeter (United States)
BreezoMeter improves the health and quality of life for billions of people worldwide by providing accurate air quality information for consumers and businesses in a format as simple, intuitive and actionable as weather data.

Tackling social issues: health, air pollution, etc.
Green Monday
Green Monday (Hong Kong)
Green Monday tackles climate change and global food insecurity by educating the public on how they can reduce their carbon footprint and improve health by giving up meat for just one day per week.

Tackling social issues: climate change threat, health, food insecurity, etc.
X-runner (Peru)
X-runner improves the health and security of those living at the bottom of the pyramid in developing countries by introducing and distributing mobile toilets to urban slums.

Tackling social issues: water & sanitation.
Piramal Sarvajal
Piramal Sarvajal (India)
Piramal Sarvajal provides clean drinking water through their Water ATMs to deliver reliable, affordable and sustainable solutions for growing cities.

Tackling social issues: water & sanitation.
Give Me Tap
Give Me Tap (United Kingdom)
Every buyer of a GiveMeTap bottle can enjoy free water refills at over 500 participating cafes/shops, and help give another person in Africa access to clean drinking water, through the development of sustainable water projects.

Tackling social issues: water & sanitation, waste and recycling management, etc.
Wecyclers (Lagos)
Wecyclers offers a convenient household recycling service using a fleet of low-cost cargo bikes. It uses the environment to propel social change by allowing people in low-income communities to capture value from their waste.

Tackling social issues: waste and recycling management.
Original Unverpackt
Original Unverpackt  (Germany)
Germany's first waste-free supermarket sells products without individual packaging. Customers bring their own containers and can purchase the exact quantity of the product they want.

Tackling social issues: waste and recycling management.
Marine Stewardship Council
Marine Stewardship Council (United Kingdom)
The MSC combats unsustainable fishing and safeguards seafood supplies for the future through recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, which influences the choices of seafood consumers.

Tackling social issues: over fishing.
Sky Greens
Sky Greens (Singapore)
The world’s first low carbon, hydraulic driven vertical farm produces safe, fresh and delicious vegetables using minimal land, water and energy resources.

Tackling social issues: food insecurity/ agriculture development.
Pak-Lor (Thailand)
Pak-Lor solves bike parking problems by creating innovative space. Encouraging cycling in Bangkok decreases the large quantity of cars and reduces traffic congestion.

Tackling social issues: traffic congestion, health, etc.
SoCar (South Korea)
SOCAR is dedicated to shared economy and to reducing pollution by providing a platform for eco-friendly car sharing, which gets people mobile without having to buy-in to resource-intensive private car ownership.

Tackling social issues: traffic congestion, share economy, etc.
Assemble (United Kingdom)
Assemble are a collective based in London working across the fields of art, architecture and design. Assemble’s working practice is interdependent and collaborative, and seeks to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realisations of their community projects.

Tackling social issues: town planning, community relationship, etc.