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The Lifelong Learning Imperative

"Learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change," said Peter Drucker, the management guru. In a world that has increasingly become more volatile, the imperative to keep ourselves relevant has become more urgent and important than ever now.

Typically, we think about our life in three stages: education, employment and retirement. The rapid advancement of technology, increasing longevity, the changing nature of work as well as family structures have made these three stages no longer tenable. Consider these facts:

  • On average, human knowledge doubles every 13 months.
  • One study at Oxford found that 45% of all jobs will disappear in the next ten years. Institute for the Future predicts that 85% of jobs in 2030 have not been created yet. The pandemic will accelerate this process.
  • Over the last 100 years, life expectancy has increased at the rate of 2-3 years every decade. And this is going to increase with medical advances. Hong Kong has the highest life expectancy in the world at 84.68.
  • Knowledge is the main driver of productivity in our 21st century economy, with significantly less jobs requiring physical stamina.
  • With falling fertility and smaller families, the elderly dependency ratio in most developed economies has increased remarkably. In Hong Kong, it has risen sharply over the last decade to 40.4% in 2018.

Under this new life paradigm, most of us will find ourselves working, willingly or not, into the mid-seventies. But are we well prepared for this?

Jul 27, 2020

5:45 PM - 8:00 PM (GMT+8)

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Learning Society

A recently released report of the Legislative Council ("Nurturing of Local Talent", Research Brief Issue No. 3, Legislative Council Research Office, June 2020) pointed out that "Hong Kong is lagging behind many developed economies in nourishing local talent. In addition to the need to make our formal schooling more relevant to the needs of the 21st century, it also highlighted the need for continuing education for Hong Kong "to keep abreast of new knowledge and skills and avoid becoming obsolete."

OECD and UNESCO advocate the philosophy of "learning society", underscoring education as the key to the development of an economy and a society, and that education should extend beyond formal learning to support the development of a knowledge economy.  


As part of Esperanza's "Reimagine Education" initiative, we are pleased to co-organise this community meet-up with the Desk to look into the lifelong learning imperative for Hong Kong. It will be a highly interactive workshop. Participants will be split into groups of five to:

  1. identify barriers that are blocking Hong Kong's development as a learning society
  2. share what other economies are doing to advance the development of a learning society
  3. ideate what individuals, educators, businesses and governments should do to remove the barriers

Target Participants

This workshop will be of interest to educators, business executives, talent development professionals, policy makers and people who are keen to share their thoughts on how we could co-create a learning ecosystem in Hong Kong to encourage and support continuous learning.


Joining this event will automatically enrol you into the Esperanza community as a member for one year. Members can enjoy discount rates to Esperanza events and exclusive access to premium networking and learning activities, as well as a membership directory. First year trial rates are available to individuals and corporates at $300 and $5,000 respectively.

Only limited places are available for this exclusive event. Sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Early Bird by 20July:

Esperanza Members: HKD $50

Non-Members: HKD $300

Standard Rates:

Esperanza Members: HKD $100

Non-Members: HKD $500


  • 5:45 PM - 6:00 PMRegistration
    6:00 PM - 6:15 PMIntroduction
    6:15 PM - 6:30 PMDialogue with John Tsang and Dr Richard Claydon (English) - The Lifelong Learning Imperative
    Facilitator: Oscar Venhuis, Co-Founder, theDesk

    Dr Richard Claydon

    CEO of roundPegz

    John C Tsang

    Founder of Esperanza

    Oscar Venhuis

    Co-Founder of theDesk

    6:30 PM - 6:50 PMCo-Creation Session 1: Identifying the Barriers (Cantonese or English)
    6:50 PM - 7:05 PMSharing of Session 1 Discussion
    7:05 PM - 7:30 PMCo-Creation Session 2: How might we remove the barriers? (Cantonese or English)
    7:30 PM - 7:50 PMSharing of Session 2 Discussion
    7:50 PM - 8:00 PMWrap Up


  • Dr Richard Claydon (CEO of roundPegz)

    Dr Richard Claydon

    CEO of roundPegz

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  • John C Tsang (Founder of Esperanza)

    John C Tsang

    Founder of Esperanza

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  • Oscar Venhuis (Co-Founder of theDesk)

    Oscar Venhuis

    Co-Founder of theDesk

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