Past Program

Nov 17 - Nov 19, 2017

The HKFYG Jockey Club School of Global Leadership Launch Ceremony with Salzburg Global Seminar


Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to nurture cohorts of positive and inspirational young leaders with global perspective, spirit of innovation, and a sense of social responsibility, The HKFYG Jockey Club School of Global Leadership introduces Salzburg Global Seminar with the theme of "Leadership for Inclusive Futures in Hong Kong" in 2017 to connect top tri-sector gurus and foster cross-field collaboration in this fast-paced, complex era with diversified challenges ahead.

Political and socioeconomic polarization is on the rise globally. Hong Kong is no exception, having experienced growing tensions and dissatisfactions among its population. Problems of rising inequality, unaffordable housing, low social mobility, and the increased economic, social, and political integration with China are causing rifts in Hong Kong's society.

Growing mistrust towards governments coupled with cynicism and skepticism about both the private and public sectors are complicated by lack of understanding or appreciation of the role and benefits of the civil society sector. These factors contribute to growing concern amongst younger people in Hong Kong about their own agency, and whether they can bridge divides for the future. Values traditionally upheld in Hong Kong are being questioned, as international norms of human rights, justice, and sustainability gain traction. The notion of 'economic development at all costs' is no longer readily accepted at a time when housing is unaffordable for the majority of the population.

To respond to rising tensions in the territory and avoid further escalation, Salzburg Global Seminar and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups are developing a multi-year joint initiative that aims to build a new leadership cohort and enhance trust for greater social, economic, and political inclusion in 21st century Hong Kong.

The HKFYG Jockey Club School of Global Leadership Launch Ceremony with Salzburg Global Seminar - Leadership for Inclusive Futures in Hong Kong will take place November 17-19, 2017 in Hong Kong with a high-level public event featuring a prominent speaker and panel discussion. The event will then be followed by a solution-focused two-day program addressing rising economic, social, and political divides through concrete case studies of urban and civic tensions.



Participant Directory

Participant Directory

Session Format

The program consists of two parts: A high-level event with a keynote speech and moderated panel discussion on Visions for an inclusive Hong Kong by 2030; followed by an intensive two-day leadership program. The leadership program is designed to be highly interactive and participatory and includes larger and smaller working group discussions and facilitated skill-building workshops. The program will also have presentations and panel discussions featuring experts on economic, social, and environmental issues; peaceful conflict resolution; civic engagement; and multi-lateral cooperation and negotiation.

Distinguished contributors and professional facilitators will guide them to work together on designing pilot civic engagement projects to tackle concrete shared challenges.

Key Questions

Participants will address the following key questions:

  • What are the most pressing issues currently affecting Hong Kong's society? What are the underlying factors?
  • What does a "Hong Kong that Works for All" look like?
  • How to achieve an inclusive future for communities in Hong Kong?
  • What are the major obstacles for building bridges across generations, sectors, and beliefs?
  • How can governments, businesses, and civil society organizations work together to better respond to concerns and tensions arising among the population?

Outcomes and Impact

  • Begin developing a common language and building conditions of trust to address complex and sensitive issues in Hong Kong society
  • Propose ideas and develop multi-year plans for connecting emerging leaders across Hong Kong beyond this initial group of participants
  • Pave the way for a multi-year program that will progressively build a cohort of networked emerging leaders across Hong Kong, mainland China, and neighboring countries
  • Shape organizing values for a more inclusive Hong Kong now and tomorrow

Session Photos

Session Photos

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The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) was founded in 1960 and is now the city’s largest youth service organisation. For the last 57 years, it has been committed to serving the youth of Hong Kong through the provision of a variety of services, activities and programmes, which have an annual attendance of over five million. We encourage youth to reach their fullest potential and with community support, we now have over 70 service units. We also have 12 core services, which include the Youth S.P.O.Ts, M21 Multimedia Services, Employment Services, Youth at Risk Services, Counselling Services, Parenting Services, Leadership Training, Volunteer Services, Education Services, Creativity Education and Youth Exchange, Leisure, Cultural and Sports Services, and Research and Publications. We encourage young people to grow into responsible and dutiful citizens and we now have over 200,000 registered volunteers and 460,000 registered members. We believe that our motto HKFYG • Here for You reaffirms our commitment and dedication to the young people of Hong Kong.