Workplace flexibility: A win-win situation for employees and employers

Social and Economic Mobility | 2017-01-24


The study on ‘Work-life Balance: Getting started with flexible work arrangements’ explores how flexible work arrangements can help employees achieve work-life balance and strengthen companies’ human capital, and demonstrates how it can help tackle the challenges arising from a shrinking local workforce.

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Youth participation: Accommodating youth views in advisory and statutory bodies

Politics | 2017-03-23


In this year's Chief Executive election, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and John Tsang Chun-wah have both proposed establishing youth quotas to increase youth representation in advisory boards and committees. Similar quotas based on gender are already in place. This week, the Centre analyses how Lam and Tsang's suggestions could be implemented in a way that ensures young people can meaningfully participate in policymaking without compromising the principle of appointment by merit.

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Restaurants in disguise: Eating up our public spaces

Housing, Infrastructure and Land | 2017-03-16


Numerous takeaways at shopping malls in Hong Kong are operating as ‘restaurants’ by setting up seats in open spaces, whereas most people are unaware that the seats are open to the public. How can Hong Kong turn different kinds of hidden open spaces into genuine common resources?

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The homeless need more than shelter

Social and Economic Mobility | 2017-03-13


The number of homeless people was on the rise in the past few years. Some of them had once successfully left the street but returned due to high rent. What makes the situation even more worrying is, among them, one third were in their 30s or 40s. To tackle the problem, more should be done apart from offering them living space.

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Making fintech innovation out of the ‘Sandbox’

Technology and Innovation | 2017-03-08


In light of the rapid development of financial technology that may have outpaced existing laws, some regulators around the globe have established a fintech ‘sandbox’, enabling companies to live test new products and services in restricted environments with loosened regulations. How will it foster fintech innovation?

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