May 2019 Newsletter — From Agriculture in India to I&T in Southern China

It’s been a busy month at GIFT! Our Hong Kong office is preparing the next two programmes on our calendar: the 2019 Greater Bay Area Young Leaders Programme and the 2019 China Global Leaders Programme. Our Kuala Lumpur office is now refining the output from their just-completed 2019 Malaysia Young Leaders Programme, as well as confirming the location and project for the upcoming ASEAN Young Leaders Programme (to be announced soon, so stay tuned). In between facilitating programmes, GIFT Founder Chandran Nair has been travelling throughout the region to present the ideas in his book The Sustainable State. And recent visitors to our website will notice that it has gone through a full re-design: please expect more content on our GIFT blog to be coming soon! But first, please take a few moments to read through the report from our most recent Global Leaders Programme, held in Hong Kong and Maharashtra, India earlier this year. More details of the big ideas developed by our participants can be found further below!
Full Report — 2019 India Global Leaders Programme
Best wishes,
The GIFT Team
New Report: The Mann Deshi Kisan Producer CompanyThe 2019 India Global Leaders Programme 
We are happy to announce the release of our output for the 2019 India Global Leaders Programme. Participants worked with the Mann Deshi Foundation to create a set of recommendations for a new Farmer Producer Company. The new company would organise farmers to improve their incomes, provide important services and ultimately help the wider rural community. In addition to a full set of business model, operational, governance and financial recommendations, the report includes two innovative ideas:Using data collected from agricultural markets, weather micro-stations, and other sources to create a model of the local agricultural economy, whose projections can help farmers and the Company make more informed planting and purchasing decisions. Including ecological restoration initiatives as a core part of the business model to ensure the long-term sustainability of the community. These include a tree-planting scheme, where member farmers would plant ten indigenous trees each month, and a strict water management system (important for a drought-prone region). Success in these areas would then be used as important evidence of the community’s ability to achieve goals when approaching financial institutions. We hope you enjoy the report from the India Global Leaders Programme. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about the output’s ideas or discover the methodology behind its creation.
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Upcoming ProgrammesThe 2019 Greater Bay Area Young Leaders ProgrammeMay 20th – 25th, June 9th – 14th 2019
The 2019 Greater Bay Area Young Leaders Programme starts in just over one week. Representatives from Hong Kong and China’s business, civil society and government sectors will come together on May 20th to start Module One: a series of discussions, breakout exercises and guest speakers to get them thinking about the big issues of the day, from the impacts of globalisation to the role of business in today’s society.  In Module Two, participants will travel across the Greater Bay Area to work on developing a new model for innovation. They will visit important organisations and institutions in Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Qianhai and Shenzhen before returning to Hong Kong for our public forum on June 14th.   The Programme will be capped by a free public forum on The Greater Bay Area on June 14th (venue to be confirmed, expected to be in Central). Titled “Transforming the Greater Bay Area from ‘Factory of the World’ to ‘Eco-Civilisation'”, this forum will present our participants’ recommendations on how innovation and technology can be used to support the development of an “eco-civilisation” in the Pearl River Delta.
We are also pleased to announce another guest speaker: Doug Woodring, Founder and Managing Director of the Ocean Recovery Alliance. Doug joins Zhou Jinfeng of the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, Chow Chung-yan of the South China Morning Post and Professor Witman Hung of the Hong Kong, Shenzhen Qianhai Authority as the GBA YLP’s guest speakers. 
There are still spaces available, so if you are interested in learning more and nominating your top talent to join this first-ever programme, please get in touch as soon as possible!
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The 2019 China Global Leaders ProgrammeSeptember 2nd – 13th 2019
For our second Global Leaders Programme of 2019, GIFT will be working with the Hundred Villages Programme, spearheaded by Professor Yang Tuan of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Participants will develop innovative models for farmers’ organisations amidst today’s digital transformation. The programme will create a smart village platform that will support these organisations in financial planning, production, purchasing, marketing, and training. Participants will travel to Hong Kong and Shandong Province as part of the China Global Leaders Programme, where they will test their leadership skills by working on an experiential field project to generate social and economic value. Leveraging GIFT’s proprietary leadership toolkit and our tried-and-tested methodology, the cohort will refine their practical leadership skills while developing an actionable set of strategic recommendations for local partners. Enrolment is now open! Please get in touch if you would like more information about the China GLP, and stay tuned for more information about this upcoming programme and project.  
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