Yanna Gong, Fung Fellow
During the beginning of November, a group of Fung Fellows and I had the exciting opportunity to meet with some members from HopeLab, a foundation that focuses on creating and developing technology-based products to help improve the lives of individuals. Among the representatives were Margaret Laws, the President and CEO, Fred Dillion, the Director of Strategy & Innovation, and Luke Condello, a Senior Associate from the Research, Strategy & Innovation team. We were able to better understand the projects they were currently working on and share what we had been doing throughout the inaugural semester of the Fung Fellowship.
Michelle Sou and I had the chance to present a Decal we had done in the Fellowship class previously on alternative medicine–demoing both acupuncture and a cupping technique. During the presentation we discussed that though HopeLabs and alternative medicine were seemingly unrelated, both believed that often times the most simple and traditional routes were the most effective. In alternative medicine we see that it’s not always about being the most innovative to produce the best results, but using traditional and well-established methods. In HopeLab, we saw many examples that emphasized creating projects that weren’t necessarily pioneering a new technology, but were thinking about the structures and assets that already existed in order to make an impact. HopeLab reminded all of us that when we’re working on prototypes and new ideas, we have to make sure that we innovate in all directions— both with what we do not have and with what we do have.