The wordings of Design Thinking was addressed five times in the Part III. Diversified Economy of HK Policy Address 2017
88. We can also further enhance our policies, improve services and products through creativity and treat creativity as a “problem-solving” tool in public administration and business operation. The Government is pleased to take the lead, and encourage enterprises and the community to place more emphasis on creating and design so as to shape Hong Kong as a creative city that values design. In the coming year, the CEDB will in partnership with the Civil Service Training and Development Institute include creativity and design thinking as key components of training programmes for directorate officers, and step up training on creativity and problem-solving capability. Apart from training, we put equal weight on practical application. In collaboration with the EU, the CEDB will proactively work with key public service providers within the Government to redesign their workflow and their communication channels with the public through effective application of design thinking in a bid to further enhance efficiency and meet the public’s needs.
89. The nurturing of creativity and design thinking should begin at an early age. Also, education programmes on creativity should not be confined to nurturing artists, designers or architects. Design thinking should become a problem-solving capability and a new way of thinking that promotes value adding and advocates inter-disciplinary collaboration. We need to place more emphasis on the promotion of design and creativity both within and outside our education system. As regards professional design education, there are now no less than 11 publicly-funded programmes relating to design in Hong Kong. They range from advanced diploma programmes to postgraduate programmes funded by the University Grants Committee. The Hong Kong Design Institute and the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong under the Vocational Training Council provide 15 programmes, covering a wide range of design subjects such as clothing design, interior design, fashion design, furniture design, stage design and visual design. We must also promote design and creativity training to other professions and apply them to the operation and management of enterprises. Such training can even become a kind of on-the-job administration education and post-school training. We encourage and support enhanced co-operation with local and overseas organisations to jointly take forward the development in this respect.
90. Looking forward, we will further the development of our creative industries, in particular the design industry, by leveraging our existing advantages and the provision of financial support. We suggest injecting $1 billion into the CreateSmart Initiative to strengthen our support for the development of the design industry and the creative industries, especially the nurturing of young talent, and enhance the community’s awareness of creative thinking and design capability.
91. In this regard, the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) has always been a close partner of the Government in promoting design and related creative industries. Since the establishment of the HKDC in 2001, the Government has provided $300 million in total to fund its operation, with the aim of nurturing design talent, as well as enhancing and promoting the image of Hong Kong’s design industry in the region and around the world. Such efforts include the hosting of the Business of Design Week, which has attained a very high reputation. In recent years, the HKDC has been commissioned by the Government to administer the Design Incubation Programme and the Fashion Incubation Programme. The HKDC also runs the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award to nurture new blood for the local design sector. As design is becoming highly valued, we see room for promoting design thinking among people of different age groups through the HKDC. We plan to provide more resources for the HKDC to implement a series of measures to reinforce Hong Kong’s status as a city of design excellence in Asia.