In a world where capitalism fails, socialism corrupts; hard workers are rewarded, lazy thinkers are resulted; mobilized crowd turns silent, hopelessness lurks for another revolution; then history repeats, yet never really improves; The utmost romance may be - never give up seeking even when we are confined by reality.
Constantly bouncing back and forth between having conversations with CEOs and youths is both intriguing and REALLY thought-intensive, when the former is the experienced UHNWIs who have already unlocked the wisdom to shift in realities, while the latter is the resemblance of wildest dreams and youthful romanticism who hold a fervent passion to change the world for the better.
During the project, I was founder of the youth project Infinita, which captures different youth stories through exhibition. I have interviewed youths of diverse profiles, be it top scorers or grass-roots, multi-talents or marginalised, while listening the exact opposite views from the ultra-wealthy CEOs in the society bi-weekly. I am privileged to work with CEOs of leading corporations, including Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, MWYO and Two Sigma, to amplify youth’s voices. I treasure both the sparks that were steered in the conversation I had with different CEOs, and the well of thoughts that lingered in my mind for days after interviewing. All these conversations with various society stakeholders have contributed to the climax of my melo journey - Melo Summit, where I could confess, as the speaker, the structural gap I realised between generations and social statuses. The tears that I saw in the eyes of the CEOs, social leaders and scholars were unbelievable to me: I was able to move leaders twice my age, double my wisdom, with only one thing – authenticity.
"How do we create impact?" This was the question that I asked to our 4 founding CEOs in my cover essay, as one of the candidates waiting to be selected as the 2023 Melo Fellowship program. After 6 months of hard work, countless weekly meetings with teammates & mentor CEOs and endless dedication, I can now say I (vaguely) know the answer to that question. In Project Melo, I participated as a mentee and collaborated with the CEO of the global travel platform 'Klook' and V'air, an HK-based ecotourism start-up, to promote eco-tourism and low-carbon travel in Hong Kong. After months of hard work and 3 trial tours to finalize the rundown of the tours, we were able to receive a positive response from Klook's management and listed the actual product on Klook. Go check it out! (Indulge in Nature: DIY Tea Cake x Mindfulness Ecotour in Hakka Villages)Besides the 'serious' accomplishments we achieved, what I valued even more is the memories and insights we gathered along our Melo journey. Through monthly conversations with CEOs I would never have imagined to meet, and visiting venues that would need months of saving up for (The Suite of Penninsula Hotel!), I was able to picture the future me that I want to be, and share the dreams of compassionate fellow Melo fellows who never stop to astonish me. Although it was tough, I was able to make my dream of spreading the value of sustainability a reality with the guidance from our fellow CEO mentors. What about you? What are your dreams? Join us on our melo journey, where we can transform our personal aspirations, into the common inspiration of our future. Now its your turn!
Keep Smiling. Because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about.
I would say it is the whole package of "CEO" that is out of my expectation. Kenny is definitely a successful person, in a way that from the conservation with him, he balances his family, career and friendship well. His passion and humor influences me a lot! I never thought that I would in a day have a genuine, personal chat with a honourable person. To be honest, our team did not show up much under the spotlight of Melo project, and I am not sure how do the SVHK organizers evaluate our contribution these months. But actually each of us is taking small steps to go, though we are not showing significant feeling, like impressing others well or showing frustration like other groups did, I do hope my effort to our team project matters, and earns recognition by Melos.
Absolutely growing! Any of the conservation with CEOs provide me an insight in common: Great leaders are altruistic. They are people-oriented, and care about the dynamic society. I am so aspired to follow the shadow from them, and learn bit by bit to bring social impact. I still remember that formula from McDon- ald's: Trust x Respect=lnfluential power. I am already awaiting for the time that I can apply all the theories, not only that I learnt, but also that I experienced, to allow me to be a great leader of future.
“I am deeply impressed by the organisers’ commitment to create a differentiated program for Youth. I hope all Melo students always believe in themselves and the society, and always be brave to think differently and take actions.”
“This is an amazing program. I had a great time engaging with the Melo Fellows. We need more of this type of community driven leadership in the world and I see Melo an important empowerment platform for our exciting new generation. I am excited. For our new generation, let’s get into the arena!”
“I really enjoyed the anticipation before each meeting with the students -- you never knew what they would present or what topics would be discussed! Every meeting was refreshing because I felt like I was getting a glimpse of the same world, but through different eyes. Besides the project on hand, we had the chance to discuss a wide range of issues that I normally wouldn't get to discuss with young people, and that was very rewarding for me.”
We look for any HKUST undergraduate students of any background with:
What this program gives you:
1. Background details
Your name, mobile number, email contact and your year and degree in HKUST.
2. Choose a topic
Choose from one of the five themes we listed as your preferred topic of interest or you can write to us what one other topic you are interested in
3. Tell us your story
Share why you want to join this program and why you are passionate about the topic you choose in one of three formats (A 500-word essay, a 90-second video, or a PowerPoint of fewer than 10 slides). We care a lot about authenticity. We would love to hear stories that come from your personal experience.