Professor Jonathan Neelands believes we live in a new creative age where ideas have become the new oil. Speaking at an FCC lunch on June 20, Neelands, who just completed six years as a visiting professor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, said creativity is an inexhaustible human resource which is transforming the economy, technology, and society. Globally, the creative industries are expanding and automation, globalisation and the digital revolution will transform the workforce of the future.
He was then joined by Joanna Hotung, founder of the KG Group, to look at how Hong Kong can maximise the flow of ideas that will become the currency of the future and how the young can be equipped for this world.
Neelands is a professor of Creative Education and Associate Dean for Creativity at the Warwick Business School and chair of drama and theatre education in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick.
Joanna Hotung left a successful consultancy career in 1996 to establish KG Group, a leader in children’s arts and English-language education. It runs 10 educational venues in Hong Kong, China and Singapore, with more than 65,000 students.