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Guest Speakers Share Insights on Social Innovation & Sustainability at PolyU SPEED’s 15th Anniversary Public Forum
PolyU SPEED舉辦「十五周年公開論壇」 嘉賓講者剖析社創與持續發展的關係

2015-02-02

Guest Speakers Share Insights on Social Innovation & Sustainability at
PolyU SPEED’s 15th Anniversary Public Forum


The younger generation should focus not only on their studies, but also on the long-term needs of society. With creative thinking and by learning from the outstanding leaders and professionals of different sectors, the youths can also contribute to the sustainable development of Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-affiliated School of Professional Education and Executive Development (PolyU SPEED) held its “15th Anniversary Public Forum Series (2): Is Social Innovation the Panacea for Sustainability?” at the Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, PolyU on 20 January 2015. Three guest speakers, Mr Victor Kwong, Chairman of Environmental Working Committee of The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, Dr Edmund Lee, Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre, and Mr Francis Ngai, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong, were invited to share with the audience their thoughts on sustainability, and the impact of social innovation on the development of different sectors. Dr William Yu, Chief Executive Officer of the co-organiser World Green Organisation, was invited to serve as the moderator of the Forum.

The Forum was kicked off with an opening remark by Dr Jack Lo, Director of PolyU SPEED. “To solve the social problems originated from the Past, we have to use innovative methods in the Present in order to create our common Future,” he said.

Mr Victor Kwong viewed that when implementing corporate sustainability strategies, a firm should strike a balance among environmental conservation, sustainability, work safety and return on investment, instead of focusing only on business growth. He used the unmanned helicopter developed by Towngas for gas riser inspection as an example. The innovative gas riser inspector, replacing the workers who used to climb up the traditional bamboo scaffolding, can reduce the waste of bamboo and more importantly avoid the fatal accidents of working at heights. “Creative mindset that leads to environment protection and corporate competitiveness is very important for a corporation,” said Mr Kwong.

Dr Edmund Lee stressed the importance of being innovative. Citing the examples of Mongkok Post Office and Cornwall Street Park, he pointed out that innovative design should be people-centred and experience-oriented. He urged the audience to acquire knowledge beyond books in the high-tech society, and try to walk further, stand taller and see wider. “I believe that each of us is a designer. Let’s consolidate the resources from ourselves and others to create our future together,” added Dr Lee.

Mr Francis Ngai has been supporting and promoting various social innovation projects such as “Diamond Cab” and “Light Home”, etc. to solve the social problems in Hong Kong. He encouraged the audience to start with a small-scale project. “Proceeding towards your goals step-by-step,” said Mr Ngai. With the belief that sustainability should evolve from an idea, a lifestyle into a cultural change, he suggested the adoption of sustainable practices in our daily lives. “We should prescribe our own panacea for sustainability by making a small change to our habit,” added Mr Ngai.

Since its establishment in 1999, PolyU SPEED has been growing steadily and offering professionally-oriented and multi-disciplinary programmes, covering a broad range of subject areas that meet the changing needs of society. Dr Jack Lo said, “This academic year celebrates our 15th Anniversary. Thanks to the efforts of our staff, all top-up degree programmes leading to PolyU-SPEED awards have been upgraded to honours degree level with the approval by PolyU Senate. This marks an important milestone for the School.”

As from 2014/15, the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Applied Sciences and BBA (Hons) in Accountancy, which lead to PolyU-SPEED awards, admit their first cohort of students. PolyU SPEED also introduces two PolyU-award programmes in collaboration with PolyU Faculties/ Departments, BA (Hons) in Bilingual Studies and BA (Hons) in English for Business and Professional Communication in this academic year.

           

PolyU SPEED舉辦「十五周年公開論壇」
嘉賓講者剖析社創與持續發展的關係


青年人除了專注學業外,亦應關注社會的長遠所需;而向不同界別的卓越領袖學習和專家汲取經驗,加以創新應用,青年人亦可以推動香港的持續發展。

香港理工大學專業進修學院(下稱PolyU SPEED)於2015年1月20日在香港理工大學蔣震劇院舉行了「十五周年公開論壇系列(二):社創是持續發展的靈丹妙藥?」,並邀得三位嘉賓講者,包括香港中華煤氣有限公司環保工作委員會主席鄺超靈先生、香港設計中心行政總裁利德裕博士,以及《香港社會創投基金》創辦人及行政總裁魏華星先生,分享他們對社會持續發展的看法,並探討社會創新對各行各業的發展帶來的影響。這次論壇的協辦機構世界綠色組織行政總裁余遠騁博士獲邀擔任主持人。

論壇首先由PolyU SPEED 院長羅文強博士致歡迎辭,他指出:「為了解決源於過去的社會問題,我們現在需要利用創新的方法,創造我們的共同。」

鄺超靈先認為企業推行可持續發展策略時,不能夠只專注於業務的增長,更應在環保、持續發展、職業安全,以及投資回報各方面取得平衡。他以煤氣公司研發的「導管檢查飛行器」作為例子,指出以無人駕駛直昇機探測大廈外牆喉管,取代工作人員攀爬傳統竹棚,既可減廢,更重要的是可避免工作人員於高空工作時發生致命意外。「創新思維對企業來說非常重要,既可為環保出一分力,又可以加強企業競爭力。」

利德裕博士則強調創新的重要性,他利用旺角郵政局、歌和老街公園等例子,點出創意設計應該以人為本,以體驗為先。在現今高科技的社會,他鼓勵大家裝備自己,跳出書本,嘗試走遠一些、站高一些、看闊一些,「相信每一個我,每一個你,都是設計師,大家一起利用自己的能力與周邊的力量共創將來。」

魏華星先生一直支持及發展本地不同的社會創新項目,例如「鑽的」、「光房」等,以解決香港各種社會問題。他鼓勵大家先從小規模的計劃開始,「一步一腳印地向目標進發。」他又建議在日常生活中奉行環保理念,因為持續發展應從一個想法、一種生活方式蛻變成一場文化變革,「持續發展的靈丹妙藥應由改變你自己的一個生活小習慣開始。」

PolyU SPEED自1999年成立以來,一直穩步發展,學院開辦的一系列專業及跨學科課程,涵蓋不同範疇,以回應社會不斷變遷的需求。羅院長表示:「今學年欣逢學院成立十五周年,經過教職員多年來的努力,我們獲理大教務委員會批准,將所有PolyU SPEED學銜的學士學位課程升格至榮譽學位程度,這是學院一個重要的里程碑。」

此外,2014/15學年,學院開辦首屆應用科學(榮譽)理學士組合課程及會計學(榮譽)工商管理學士課程,畢業生可獲頒理大專業進修學院學銜。同時,學院亦透過與理大學院/學系合作,增辦兩項理大學銜的課程,分別為中英雙語學(榮譽)文學士和工商專業英語傳意(榮譽)文學士。