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Everyone can become the Participator to Change the Society

Happen Social Design


E-mail: [email protected]

No. 35, Minzu Rd., Central Dist., Taichung City


Established in 2013, “Happen Social Design,” which is situated in the old urban area in Taichung, is devoted to 2 main themes of youth practice and old city regeneration via a co-working space achieving a sharing economy. By connecting the local groups in the community, Happy Social Design becomes an information platform of social issues and a practice station supporting young activists. Happy Social Design also guides people to solve complicated public issues and create social value by plans and practices with implied social design meaning, making various good changes to happen. In 2018, Happy Social Design continues the imagination of social group collaboration to expand co-working to co-living by participating in many social housing plans in the form of a social design firm. Happy Social Design not only considers the new type of congregate housing as a place for practicing social design but also opens the first public art project in social housing in Taiwan by boldly stepping into the field of public art.


“Happy Social Design” is formed by a group of interdisciplinary members with comprehensive backgrounds in sociology, landscape design, architecture and business administration, sharp insight, rich creativity, and practical analyzing and implementing capability. By theme study and knowledge base construction via the study group along with practical fieldwork and participant observation, we propose an innovative design and establish a joint participation mode with diversified and interdisciplinary stakeholders to solve social issues and create social values by actual actions. The interpretation of social design by “Happy Social Design” can be classified as three levels:

(1) “Social design”: This is the most direct interpretation. The term “social” here serves as an adjective to specify its difference in ordinary design and further reminds people to observe the original broad meaning of the term “design” again.

(2) “Design for the society”: The term “society” here serves as a target to be served and to enjoy the results of the design. We emphasize the goal of design and believe that the design is meant to create public interests.

(3) “Design by the society”: The term “society” here simply serves as a subject, the main part for taking actions. Our focus is the joint participation of the public while imagining the society moves to do something for itself.


The core competency of “Happy Social Design” is the planning and practice with implied social design meaning. The keywords of our past issues include “interdisciplinary integration, innovative mechanism R&D, youth and senior retiree collaboration, participatory design, planned public art, fieldwork, industrial transformation, business start-up, regional regeneration, social group co-creation, issue translation, street curation and in-depth travel.” Our multiple outputs correspond to the diversified issues concerned and we will think what style is required in different stages of each project. For example, a project may “need to manage a social group,” “need to create a new brand again,” “need to plan a space,” “need to design a series of workshop,” “need to develop a mechanism or course,” “need to prepare a true and constructive report,” “need to rebuild a system or optimize current process” or “need to find the answer through other practices.” Moreover, “Happy Social Design” will continuously apply the social design to fields of education innovation, senior participation and youth action while calling and connecting various related parties to collectively design an action plan with social influence.


Encountering complicated social issues such as the contemporary rural-urban gap, housing rights, declining industry and interpersonal relationship alienation, “Happy Social Design” believes that creating a sense of living in the local is one feasible solution. For “Happy Social Design,” the local is not limited to the geographical boundary because the meaning of the local is to rebuild the connection among people as well as people and society. Everyone can apply the thought and method of social design to their current work or further use the social design to create their ideal work. In other words, everyone can become a participant to change the society on their battlefield.


Important event:


Commission service of Taichung social housing platform practice

Public art installation project for the social housing construction in Ankang section of Fengyuan District, Guangzheng section of Dali District, and Yuxian section of Taiping District

BULAO 125 “Opening the Residence of Miyahara Takeo” serial workshop

“Social Innovation and Human-Centered Design” micro-course for Taipei First Girls High School



Industrial transformation plan of Gukeng coffee

Transformation assessment of the Gukeng public retail market (including feasibility study)



Project of promoting creative industry in the Central District of Taichung City- The youth generation startup

Old city regeneration actions such as “Life in Taichu for 30 days,” “Old town traveling” and “Midori-kawa Market”

Actions of space operation and social group connection, such as the “Being Project,” “Shop Manager Intern Project” and “Group Commensal Project”


Further Reading:

Official website: www.happen.tw

Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/HappenSocialDesign

“Small Talk” Public art result in social housing website:https://smalltalkart.com/


Measures for Leaving a Message to Enter the Draw for the Live Streaming of the Opening Ceremony

  • Event Period

    From 13:00 to 14:00 on December 12 (Saturday), 2020

  • Event Measures

    Log in to your personal Facebook or Google account to proceed with leaving a message; each account with a successful message of #2020usrexpo left before the end of the live streaming of the opening ceremony will have an opportunity to enter the draw, and each account is restricted to winning the prize once only.

  • List of Winners

    On December 14 (Monday), 2020, the list of winners will be announced on the event official website https://2020usrexpo.org/) Announcement of the list of winners

Event Prize Content

  • 1st Prize

    “Huei Yeh” Power Extreme Massage Gun 1 winner

  • 2nd Prize

    Nestle Dolce Gusto Genio 2 1 winner

  • 3rd Prize

    KINYO Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Speaker 2 winner

  • 4th Prize

    7-11 Gift Voucher valued at NT$200 27 winner

Announcement of the list of winners

The various prizes are expected to be notified via email and also announced on the event official website on December 14 (Monday), please will the prize winners pay attention to the prize-winning information, and send back the relevant documents according to the notices & explanations; no separate notification will be issued.


  1. The event period for this event is based on Taiwan time, and the delivery of the rewards is restricted to regions including Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu.
  2. Please refer to the actual products for the event rewards, the pictures used on the website are for reference only; no request for changing colors, specs, transfers, or cash redemption will be accepted.
  3. Our event organizer will not be liable for the follow-up warranty and maintenance of the winning rewards; once the rewards have been collected, signed, and accepted, no reissuance of the rewards will be available if the rewards have been lost, peculated, discarded, or damaged. Please refer to the actual products for the prize rewards, no return or exchange will be accepted; the prize winner must contact the manufacturer of the rewards if there is any issue regarding malfunctioning, damage, or maintenance.
  4. 1st prize ~ 2nd prize (Winning prizes with a value exceeding NT$1,000 (inclusive): Each prize winner should fill out the “Reward Collection Application and Receipt (will be announced together with the announcement of the list of winners)” within 7 days (including holidays based on the post stamp) starting from the next day with the announcement of the list of winners, and must provide a copy of both sides of the ID card. The copy must be sent to the specified place via registered mail; those passing the deadline will be deemed to give up the prize and rights, and no objections will be accepted from the prize winners.
  5. 3rd Prize ~ 4th Prize (Winning prizes with a value less than NT$1,000 (inclusive): Prize winners should reply to the prize-winning notifying letter via Email within 7 days (including holidays) starting from the next day of the announcement of the list of winners, to confirm the collection of the rewards and to fill out the relevant info for sending the rewards (to confirm the address for sending the gift), and to accelerate the follow-up qualification review. If the prize winners do not complete the relevant info before the deadline, they will be deemed to give up the opportunity to collect the rewards, and no alternative gifts or reissuance of gifts will be available.
  6. When the prize winners have completed filling out the prize-winning info, the organizer will double-check the identification data of the prize winners, the rewards will only be sent out when all data is correct.
  7. All prize-winning qualification needs to be approved by the organizer before it becomes effective, all reviewing standards are based on the organizer as the only reference.
  8. If the prize winner did not fill in the data complete and correct, or cannot be in contact, or did not send back the required data within the announced time of the rewards, the prize winner will then be deemed to voluntarily give up the prize, no separate notification will be announced.
  9. According to the R.O.C Tax Act, if the prize winner is an individual residing in Taiwan, and the prize amount (value) exceeds NT$1,000 (inclusive), then a copy of both sides of the ID card will need to be handed in for taxation, which will be incorporated into individual income for the annual taxation. If the prize winner is not an individual residing in Taiwan, 20% of reward tax must be deducted from the reward first regardless of the prize amount before the prize winner can collect the reward. If the prize winner is not an adult, a household registration transcript must be provided along with a letter of consent from the legal representative. If the prize winner is unwilling to pay the tax first, he/she will be deemed to give up the reward, and no objections will be accepted.
  10. If the prize winner is in violation of the relevant event measures or has other dissents, the organizer is allowed to retrieve the reward and no objections from the prize winner will be accepted. If a judicial dispute is involved, all legal liabilities will be held by the individual. The organizer will not be liable.
  11. If it is confirmed that the participant used a hacker program or other method that evidently violates the fairness of the event in an attempt to influence the event, the organizer is then allowed to disqualify the participant immediately or to cancel the prize-winning qualification. Compensation will be liable if a loss is caused for the organizer due to this.
  12. For reasons that the organizer are not liable for, including a computer, network, telephone, or technique issues resulting in the delay, loss, incorrect, unidentifiable, or damaged data uploaded by the participants, the organizer will not be liable for any legal liability, and no objections from the participants and prize winners will be accepted.
  13. The organizer reserves the rights to review the qualification of the event participants, if the organizer or a third party has reported that the participants are found to use methods that are intentional or evidently violate the fairness of the event, or do not conform to the rules of this event, the organizer will then be allowed to cancel the prize immediately.
  14. The event measures are stated on the event platform, the organizer reserves the right to alter the event details at any time (participating method, gift content and quantity…etc.); the participants must agree completely to follow and obey the alterations of the event without any objection. Please refer to the announcement of the event measures if alternations have been made to the event measures, no separate notification will be available.
  15. Unmentioned matters of this event should be handled according to the relevant rules of the civil law; the organizer reserves the rights to maintain, modify, cease and explain the content, as well as to cancel the prize-winning qualification of any prize winner influencing other prize winners’ rights. Refer to the announcement on the platform for the modification info; no separate notification will be available.
  16. Participants in the event agree to accept the event measures and notices, if, in violation, the organizer will then be allowed to cancel the qualification of the participant or the prize winner, and then request the participant for compensation for the losses caused.
  17. When the event is unable to be conducted due to force majeure causes, the organizer has the rights to cancel, terminate, modify, or cease the event. Participants in the event are deemed to accept the effectiveness of the rules, for unmentioned matters, the organizer reserves the rights to modify, terminate, and alter the event content details without giving out a separate notification.


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