Tuesday, August 30, 2016

23..24-Oct-2016: Prof. Sivan to keynote on Innovation in IKMAP conference (Japan 2016)


Prof. Yesha Sivan will participate as a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific (IKMAP 2016).

Follow IKMAP website here for further updates, information and registration.


This international KM conference started in 2004 (KMAP), has now been renamed as “International Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific (IKMAP)” to include the important element of “innovation management”.

This year’s conference is co-organized by Japan Intellectual Capital Management Association (Japan) and the Knowledge Management and Innovation Research Centre (KMIRC) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), and will be held in Kobe, an important port city and also one of the most attractive cities in Japan.

The conference aims to:

  • provide a cross-cultural platform for the Knowledge Management practitioners and academics in Asia to network with their counterparts in the West and vice versa.
  • discuss the topics of mutual interests and navigate together the next generation of Knowledge and Innovation Management.
  • enhance international networking and collaborations

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

23-Aug-2016: Prof. Sivan talk on HK Innovation for the Market Research Society

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Market Research Society of Hong Kong will be holding its next event on Tuesday 23rd August from 6pm to 8pm in Causeway Bay.

At this event, we have great pleasure in inviting an international speaker to Hong Kong on the subject of Innovating in Hong Kong by Professor Yesha Sivan.

With the Hong Kong society as the backdrop, Yesha will talk about some of the trends that innovate innovation and how Hong Kong can benefit from these with what he calls "Hong Kong 3.0". In his presentation, he will show that innovation is more than ideas; it is the realization of these ideas into solutions that create value (for various stakeholders: Customers, Employees, Partners, Shareholders and the like).

Professor Yesha Sivan is the executive director of the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University, Coller School of Management and a visiting professor of innovation & venture at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is looking at leadership of innovation as well as working with the local Hong Kong venture ecosystem.

He is also the founder of the Metaverse Labs (MVL), a leading think tank focusing on innovation via virtual and the real world.

The event is open to all Market Researchers and their interested guests. MRSHK members are free of charge; while there will be a fee of HK$ 180 for non-members (fully deductible from membership fees when signing up for the MRSHK membership 2016-2017).

The presentation will be followed by networking drinks hosted by the MRSHK Committee and ESOMAR. The address for this event is:

Manchester Business School | East Asia International Centre
1203 The Lee Gardens
33 Hysan Avenue. Causeway Bay. Hong Kong
(T) +852 2588 5013

The reception starts at 6pm and the speaker session starts at 6.30pm. To help us with planning the numbers for this event, please RSVP to the Secretary for Membership Relations Mr. Chee Ngai Ng (cheengai.ng@samplenomics.com) before latest 2pm Friday 19th August.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Yours Sincerely,
Chris Farquhar
Chairman MRSHK

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

29-June-2016: Public HK 3.0 Talk - The Leadership Needed for Hong Kong 3.0

“HK3.0” represents another economic focus for HK: It continues the transformation from trading (HK 0.0) to manufacturing (HK 1.0) to services (HK 2.0). My claim is simple, Hong Kong needs another transformation to maintain its unique edge as a global quality city. Complacency is detrimental when competing with the likes of Shenzhen, South Korea, Singapore, Shanghai, and other players. A specific direction must be found – I believe “innovation” is the next economic focus (HK 3.0).

In this Forum, Prof. Sivan will share his insights about the key aspects of HK 3.0, followed by a discussion focusing on the leadership HK 3.0 calls for.

Attend the forum to learn how the EMIL programme can escalate your career with our distinguished professors, speakers and students.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Registration: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/iaee/en-us/registrations/add/120

More details here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

25-May-2016 (Hong Kong): MaB Workshop (Mindfulness and Business)

The purpose of the MaB workshop is to allow reflective practitioners of mindfulness to share issues (and specifically questions) they have encountered during their research/training/practice of mindfulness in the organizational settings. The mood is “open and managed sharing.”  We assume relevant partnerships will naturally emerge between like-minded people.

0900-1000 Meet and connect
1000-1015 Open: Prof. Yesha Sivan – The Gist of the Day
1015-1045 Morning Meditation
1100-1145 S1: Dr. Helen Chan – Research framework for testing of mindfulness on organizational innovation.
1145-1230 S2: Dr. Keren Tsuk – Introduction to MBIL: Mindfulness based innovation leadership
1230-1300 D1: Discussion session
1300-1400 Mindfulness Lunch
1400-1445 S3: Prof. Yesha Sivan – Lessons from Muse  
1445-1530 S4: Dr. Roy Horan – Creativity
1530-1615 S5: Mr. Ernest Ng – Mindfulness and sustainable decision making
1615-1700 S6: Ms. Martha Collard - Mindfulness@work & gong session
1700-1800 D2: Discussion session
1800-1900 Relaxation and emailing time
1900-           Dinner (optional)

Invites: Limited seating, by invitation. If interested – and can commit for the day – please email Dr. Helen Chan. hwmchan79@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Let’s Design HK 3.0

On April 22, 2016, “South China Morning Post“, Hong-Kong’s leading daily newspaper, has published an op-ed by Yesha Sivan, CIV Executive Director, discussing the paths Hong-Kong shall follow to transform yet again and remain a leading global city in the 21-st century. In his piece titled “Let’s Design HK 3.0“, Yesha discusses the importance of design and leadership in shaping the future of Hong-Kong.  

Let’s design HK 3.0

Lessons from Zaha Hadid’s Innovation Tower: courage and commitment

Prof. Yesha Sivan, visiting professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s school of design

The passing of maverick architect Zaha Hadid echoes a special link to Hong Kong in the form of one of her seminal designs: a fluid, ship-like building inside the campus of Polytechnic University (PolyU). Home to the school of design, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a paragon example to what I call “Let’s design HK 3.0”.

Let me explicate by unpacking these three terms.

“HK3.0” represents another economic focus for Hong Kong: it continues the transformation from trading (HK 0.0) to manufacturing (HK 1.0) to services (HK 2.0). My claim is simple. Hong Kong needs another transformation to maintain its unique edge as a global quality city. Complacency is detrimental when competing with the likes of Shenzhen, South Korea, Singapore, Shanghai, and other players. A specific direction must be found – I believe “innovation” is the next economic focus (HK 3.0).

By the 1990s, Hong Kong’s leaders felt that local entrepreneurs needed to compete more in the global market. To bolster the innovation ecosystem, they launched a few programmes including support for early-stage funding and innovation hubs (Cyberport and the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation).

Even though some people may think the government is doing too much, in fact it is too little for the 21st century competitive landscape. Just giving space, or money, is not enough. In the age of globalisation and digitalisation, locale must offer much more. DJI, the drone global leader, rumoured to be worth US$10 billion, was founded by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology graduate Frank Wang in 2006, and moved to Shenzhen soon after. DJI has 3,000 employees – many of them could have been based in Hong Kong. DJI demonstrates the duality of government-led innovation. We see, in the DJI case, both the potential (of ideas created in Hong Kong), and the missed potential (of innovation departing Hong Kong for “better” places). To enjoy the long-term impact of innovation in Hong Kong, and to justify the public investment in innovation (in universities, industrial parks and other policies) we must design the entire innovation value chain for one purpose: quality jobs that stay in Hong Kong for the long run.

“Design” hints a focused directed effort, and not as a side – nice to have – tangent action. Design is about making choices. Design starts from understanding the past and present, and then setting the future. Design – as a discipline – is not just about how things work and feel. It is about how things could and should work and feel. Design is about proposing more attractive solutions to existing realities.

Design, in this innovation context, is anti-laissez-faire. The role of government is to take chances; to bet on certain domains, and to push, entice, and encourage innovation based on the unique factors of Hong Kong.

A leading government does not mean spreading the bets, or fixing the markets – it means betting on winning domains in a big way. It also means making sure the benefits of such bets come back to the public for quality of life and further investment (and for offsetting the failures of some of these big bets).

“Let’s” means that government should lead by working with the private sector. The motivation, speed, and flexibility of the private sector – even competing players in the same domain – work best following the direction set by government. The visible hand of the government should lead the invisible hand of the private sector.

Even more, “let’s” is really “let + us.” The leader should let the “us” – namely the community or the crowd – become a part of designed innovation. Modern technology like Wiki, Airbnb, and Waze demonstrate how the “us” become a critical part of the equation. Often modern innovation lies in opening up or unleashing the creative potential of the community at many levels. For example, in our own research work, we strive to bring together community business leaders to co-create customised innovation tools for larger and smaller enterprises.

Architecting such an innovation ecosystem by a government is complex and, frankly, still an open question. Can Hong Kong build the government systems and structures that can take the longer view? That, on the one hand, will not be subject to political pressures of four- or five-year terms, or ephemeral Weibo/WhatsApp politics; and, on the other hand, will overcome fossilisation of regimes.

The answer lies in the right combination of visionary public leadership and strong public institutions that enable such leadership, as well as protect from it, to facilitate longer-term locale value creation. This is the art of visionary public leadership.

zahahadid“Let’s design HK 3.0” has some examples already. Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower demonstrates such visionary leadership. In the 2000s several Hong Kong leaders focused on one asset – established in the 1960s, PolyU’s design school decided to morph it into an international player by committing the funds, and then commissioning out-of-the-box thinker Hadid, to build “a beacon structure symbolising and driving the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia”. This icon demonstrates two key HK 3.0 traits – courage to choose a domain (“design research and education”) and commitment to focus in the form of time, attention, and money (about HK$250 million courtesy of the Hong Kong Jockey Club). I’m positive that this courageous and committed decision will have direct impact on the quality of life in Hong Kong for decades to come.

Other obvious domains like smart city, health care, internet of things, and financial technology, as well as less obvious domains such as micro-robotics, mindfulness, tourism, and education technology – have the potential to be HK 3.0 domains that, in turn, can propel Hong Kong, China, and the world, to continuous upping of quality of living.

The key is visionary leadership with the courage to choose domains and commitment to focus on these domains. Now, Let’s design HK 3.0.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

17-April-2016: The Venture Ecosystem @ EU Human Brain Project Course

On April 17, 2016, Prof. Yesha Sivan, Executive Director of the Coller Institute of Venture, will speak about the entrepreneurial mindset. The Venture Ecosystem.

The lecture will be held at the Sherman 03 hall on Sunday, 17/04/16, at 16:15-18:00.

The lecture is open to the interested public, but advance registration is required.

The lecture, part of the course Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Neuroscience held jointly with the EU Human Brain Project, will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation in academia and the first steps of transferring research insights to viable businesses. Prof. Sivan will address the following questions, among others:

  • What is entrepreneurship? Can it be taught and learned?
  • Why should students in areas such as Engineering, Life Sciences, and Medicine study entrepreneurship? How can it help you in their day-to-day research?
  • What new models for entrepreneurship in academia and outside it are successful – or not so successful?