The Public Engagement and Consensus Building Process in HK, and the Potential Solution of “Future Centre”
Speaker: Leif Edvinsson
Leif is now the Professor in Lund University on IC/Knowledge Economics. He started the World´s First Future Center in Skandia, Stockholm in 1995. Then many more FC has started, often by copying, his original FC concept. The community of Future Centres, both public and private, is now grouped into a Future Center Alliance, with Leif as the founding Chairman.
*Guests in Hong Kong public policy fields will also share local cases that are under heavy debate and are longing for consensus.
Lots of public policy Issues are under heavy debate in Hong Kong: old age pension, medical reform, labour welfare, the way of improving the wealth gap, city planning, conservation, cultural policy, etc., and it would be positive if assumptions can get aligned, horizon of views can be extended through communication, various stakeholders can be fully, publicly engaged, and ultimately, consensus can be built without sacrificing the independent views, diversity of stands and critical thinking of the stakeholders, which are the core components and values of Hong Kong society.
But can we still do it, with the right public engagement and consensus building process? Debates are fierce, schedule of rallies on different issues is jammed from Monday to Sunday. Could all the stakeholders sit down and come up with solutions to solve the existing and future problems in Hong Kong?
“Future Centre” is one of the ways of doing public engagement and consensus building, and many future centres have been established in the past decades and are proliferating in major cities in solving social argument and coming up with consensus. Is it a choice for Hong Kong?
Date: 16th April, 2011 (Sat)
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: UR11, Admirality Learning Centre, School of Continuing and Professional Education, City University of Hong Kong (8/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admirality)
(Phone) +852 3171 7624
Hong Kong Public Engagement Centre
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