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In a post-industrial era, competition is not just about the pursuit of efficiency. To attain sustainable economic growth and balanced social and environmental developments, we need a paradigm shift on how businesses, the government and the NGOs can create value through creativity and innovation. We need talents with new mind sets and skill sets to meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. For Hong Kong to maintain its competitive edge regionally and globally, it is important that we continue to create value through creativity and innovation in our businesses as well as public and social services alike. As a follow-up on its policy submission paper Hong Kong: A Creative Metropolis released in 2007, the Centre has all along advocated the idea of building a vibrant creative economy to enhance Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness. The Centre was delighted to present a seminar on creative economy on 1 September 2011 jointly with the British Council and HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education. The high-profile seminar aimed to identify the critical factors for Hong Kong to move up the value chain of the creative economy, including the challenge for talent development, the role of higher education, creative leadership as well as cross-sector partnership and collaboration. We were honoured to have invited John Howkins, author of the best-seller The Creative Economy, and Geoffrey Crossick, Vice Chancellor of University of London to address the morning seminar. The two creative gurus were joined by the leading figures from the business and higher education sectors as well as NGOs to chart the way forward for the city’s creative economy. The participants also had the opportunity to network with the creative leaders over a buffet lunch. Apart from experience sharing by the UK and local experts, there was also a Sandbox workshop in the afternoon, an innovative idea-generation process first launched in the UK. Sandbox events are organised regularly in more than 20 cities in the US, Europe and Asia.This will be Sandbox’s first-ever launch in Hong Kong. Please click here for the full programme.
Author of The Creative Economy, and advisor to the Chinese Government
Vice Chancellor, University of London
NiQ Lai, CFO and Head of Talent Engagement, City Telecom Limited
Creative industries can create immense value for the commercial and the public sector alike. This panel will look into how Hong Kong can innovate its public service delivery, where the opportunities and challenges lie and how the government and the third sectors can work with creative talents in a strategic manner. The Hong Kong Design Centre will demonstrate the value of design through a number of case studies and the UCLAN representative will share the UK experience and perspective.
The development and sustainability of a creative economy in Hong Kong will require not only the preparation of practitioners and professionals, but also a public educated with a creative mindset. This calls for a critical examination of the prevailing local academic and cultural values, and how they could be expanded through curriculum innovations at both the school and university levels. Through identifying the key attributes of creative individuals and finding effective ways to inculcate them in our young people, we will be able to create a large talent pool that should serve Hong Kong well in the long run, for both creative and other industries.
Edmond Ko, Chairman of the Curriculum Development Council and Senior Advisor to Provost of HKUST
Case study (2): ALiVE Lab
John Heskett, Acting Dean of the School of Design, PolyU
Geoffrey Crossick, Vice Chancellor, University of London