Creating Prosperity: Talent Development and Cross-sector Collaboration in a Creative Economy

Date: 2011-09-01

Time: 9:15am-5:00pm

Address:  Room S426-S427, HKCEC (Old Wing), 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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.

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Featured Speakers

John Howkins

Author of The Creative Economy, and advisor to the Chinese Government

Geoffrey Crossick

Vice Chancellor, University of London