Hong Kong | 25 - 30 June & 15 - 20 July 2018
Over a period of two weeks in June – July 2018, GIFT facilitated the fourth Young Leaders Programme, bringing together 26 young professionals from the government, civil society and private sectors of Hong Kong. The theme of this year’s programme was ‘Celebrating the DNA of Hong Kong’, an idea deeply cherished by the programme’s main supporting partner, Mr. Po Chung, Founder of Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management. Through multiple site visits, focus group discussions, stakeholder meetings and planning sessions, the participants produced a report that highlights the DNA Model of Hong Kong and how the city's strengths can be leveraged for the future.
MODULE ONE - HONG KONG IN TRANSITION
During Module One, participants attended classroom sessions understanding Hong Kong through the lens of its history, economics, geography and culture. GIFT coaches conducted sessions on the roles that government, business and society play in shaping a society. These classes enabled participants to develop a renewed thought process in understanding the effects of globalisation and capitalism on Hong Kong’s DNA. Through intense discussions and interactions with prominent guest speakers, YLP participants received deeper insights that helped them work on developing the report – ‘Celebrating the DNA of Hong Kong.’
DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS
Founder, Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management
CEO, MTR Corporation
Chief News Editor, South China Morning Post
Chairman, Gaw Capital Partners
SITE VISITS - UNDERSTANDING THE DNA OF HONG KONG
Module Two started with meetings and site visits with a range of stakeholders and organisations, allowing participants to develop better awareness of the elements that make Hong Kong a unique city. These visits included tours to local shops and businesses in Sham Shui Po, MTR Operations and Training Centre, Shatin Sewage Treatment Works, North East New Territories Landfill facilities, and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, among others. By meeting with officials and locals, participants developed a holistic understanding of Hong Kong’s success as a global city, while also considering areas for improvement.
Photos from various site visits of the Hong Kong YLP.
Visit to Hong Kong's oldest mosque, Jamia Mosque, located in the Mid-levels.
Learning about Hong Kong's social enterpreneurship culture through a tour of Dream Impact.
A visit to Savannah College of Art and Design's Hong Kong campus improved participants' knowledge about the city's art and culture scene and its importance in Hong Kong's DNA.
Understanding Hong Kong's port facilities during a visit to Modern Terminals.
Participants getting familiar with Hong Kong's innovation and technological ecosystem at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.
Participants interacting with staff of Hong Kong Housing Society, to learn about elderly housing solutions in the city.
MODULE TWO - CELEBRATING THE DNA OF HONG KONG
Throughout the 2018 Young Leaders Programme, participants were encouraged to think deeply and holistically about the underlying elements that make up Hong Kong’s DNA. Every city comes with its set of challenges, but in order to improve, the city needs to harness its core strengths to develop solutions for the future. These core DNA elements include but are not limited to: high ethical standards, respect for rule of law and justice, unity in diversity, efficiency in daily operations, high levels of competitiveness, among others. Through intensive discussions, interactions with various stakeholders and site visits in Hong Kong, participants delved deeper into these strengths, the underlying values they represent and the manifestation of these qualities in everyday life.
Through the Module Two sessions, participants immersed themselves in a project where many issues and conditions are out of their daily experience. They came to appreciate the importance of communication and the challenges of group dynamics, while building their own sense of confidence and empathy to further their leadership development. The successful production of a final report and team presentation at the public forum would not have been possible without the collective desire of all participants to contribute positively to the final output.
The Young Leaders Programme concluded with a successful public forum, where participants presented their key findings on the model, bases and elements that define the DNA of Hong Kong. Former Chief Secretary for Administration HKSAR - the Honourable Mrs. Anson Chan, and the Founder of Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management - Mr. Po Chung, were the guests of honour. The presentation was followed by an engrossing Q&A session with the audience, which comprised members of Hong Kong’s business, government and civil society community as well as media and students.
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