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The Pocket Parks Collective Found in 2012, we curate art-inspired events as a tool to improve human connection and well-being, mainly using public space as the venue. We hope our interventions can allow people to have fun, connect within, with each other, and the city.

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In May, we organized Circles of Colour, as part of the Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Hong Kong, to activate the city and connect the community. We had people covering the street with circles, before turning it into a twister game. It offered a playful, colorful and mindful way to connect with our city, and I believe a new sense of ownership too. Here's a first prototype of the website to make it available to others to start their own: http://circlesofcolour.wordpress.com/

We set up a pop-up tea cafe and had strangers talk to each other using a conversation menu to explore physical vs. mental distance between people at Sunset Tea Bar. This aims to create more empathy, and trust between strangers, and to hopefully positively affect how people behave in public space.

To connect people on a deeper level, we curated the The Courage Piece. Using Chinese chessboard as a tool, we introduced a new courage chess to talk to strangers about their ideas of courage, as a way to "en-courage" people to pursue things that they are scared to do.

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MAGGIE LIN

Urbanist, artist, anthropologist working to introduce new connections in our cities: with mindfulness, empathy and tactical urbanism.

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