In the past decade, the concept of social innovation has been constantly looked at and examined by scholars, for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations and the government, and has been widely explored and applied. Taiwan is facing the problem of an aging population and low birth rate. It is therefore of the essence to be able to maintain harmony and stability in society. This study conducts individual case studies to explore how the new religious, Weixin Shengjiao applies the concept of social innovation to implement its doctrine through lifelong education, and to help the government create a harmonious society. The research found that the central tent of the Weixin Shengjiao is the fusion of I-Ching, Feng-shui, with the thoughts of the three teachings in Chinese culture, to pass on and further promote Chinese culture in modern society. In 1994, the founder of Weixin Shengjiao, Grand Master Hun Yuan, created a lifelong education platform known as I Ching University. The university has three major foci, which implements the core essences of the Weixin Shengjiao of moral, life, environmental, filial piety and cultural education. Based on the local humanistic, social and economic features, I Ching University uses practical, current, realistic innovations for widespread distribution, in order to nurture talent and create a harmonious society. Secondly, it was found that the social innovations undertaken by Weixin Shengjiao produced positive attitude in the interviewees on the three aspects of fulfilling human needs, changing the connecting relationship in society and increasing social welfare and benefits.
Li-Yueh Chen, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan
Chen-Mei Li, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan
Stream: Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements
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