The Meaning: Ideas that Can Rock the World / 你怎麼看:可以撼動世界的想法

(按此看中文版)

Mr. Jong LEE, co-curator of TEDxHK and founder of Code Club HK, has given our university students a wonderful and broad-covered speech on the topic of “Ideas That Can Rock the World” at CityU’s SPECIAL Hall Night Talk on a special day, Winter Solstice. Though many students were taking a break for the winter holiday, the atmosphere on the spot was still hot. Mr. LEE took the chance to greet every student and shake hands with them. The talk started with a free conversation.

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Mr. LEE broke the phrase “Ideas Can Rock the World” into four terms and explained them one by one with interesting examples and worth-thinking questions. He showed his open-mindedness towards “differences” throughout the sharing.

The first word was “Ideas”. Mr. LEE asked the audience to explain what “ideas” are from a respective viewing point. He didn’t give us an exact definition or judge whose answer is better. By comparing the business attitude between Americans and Indians, he mentioned long-term business cooperation and the manners of doing business: “leaving something on the table or take all”. In such examples, he stimulated us to feel different ideas.

Secondly, “That Can” refers to the percentage of success. Everyone may have different definitions on the percentage of success in consideration of the word “can”. It can be 50 percent, 10 percent or even 1 percent. It was also pointed out that some Chinese students may lack risky spirit because of the traditional education manner.

Then, for the word “Rock”, various synonyms were echoed from the students, such as “change”, “blow up”, “bang”. Simply saying, we should have a thought about the extent of influence that the word “rock” has.

The final terms are “The World”. The viewpoints towards the world are different but the most important thing is that you understand what is happening. He added, “Conclusion is meaningless if you don’t understand what happens.”

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Later he shared his thought with us about a broad coverage of questions, from phone purchase to software worker employment and so on. The topics he covered in the speech were diversified and interesting. However, the most impressive thing was that he didn’t dominate the thought about current problems but encouraged us to think and form our own opinions. As Dr. Ray CHEUNG, Residence Master of HSBC Prosperity Hall, concluded at the end, “University students are supposed to possess a world view.” There was no doubt that Mr. LEE possessed so many excellent identities at the same time: science scholar, lawyer, speechmaker and so on.

Writer & Photographer:   HSBC Prosperity Hall

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TEDxHK協辦人兼香港Code Club創始人 Jong LEE先生在城大業昕之夜給學生展開了一次精彩且覆蓋面廣泛的演講。這天正好是中國傳統節日中的冬至。雖然正值寒假, 但這絲毫沒有影響現場的熱烈氣氛。講者一邊與學生握手,一邊聊天─演講就在這輕鬆的交談中開始啦!

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講者將「可以撼動世界的想法」分成四個詞語並逐一解釋。講者十分開明,對字義上不同的解釋保持開放態度,在整個演講中多次流露。

第一個詞是「想法」。講者詢問不同學生對這個詞的理解。此後,他並沒有為這個詞下一個具體的定義,也沒有評價孰是孰非,只是給我們一些例子,讓我們感受到不同的想法。他比較了美國和印度商人在生意場上的一些做法,解釋了做生意的方式和長久生意合作的一些關係。他形象地稱生意人對利益的追逐為「留一些東西在桌上」和「拿走桌上所有的東西」,這兩種不同的做法只是因為不同文化使不同地方的生意人對「此次索取多少利益」有不同看法。

第二個詞是「可以」。他又提了個問題:多大的可能性能稱之為「可以」?他肯定不同人會有不同的看法,並說「成功的可能性可以為百分之五十、百分之十或者是百分之一」。同時,他又指出,中國學生受傳統教育所規限,相對缺少冒險精神。

下一個詞是「撼動」。學生們用不同的次來描繪印象中的這個詞,有「改變」、「推翻」、「顛覆」等等。簡而言之,講者希望我們對這個問題有自己的答案:怎樣程度的影響能稱作「撼動」。

最後一個詞是「世界」。又一次,他提到不同人眼中的世界。講者指出,對世界可以有不同的看法,「世界」可以是生活的城市、國家,抑或整個地球村,但你必須明白「世界」正在發生什麼。在多數人眼中,結論在一定程度上可以看作行為的教條,但他說:「如果你不知道發生著什麼,結論沒有任何意義。」

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之後,講者同我們分享了他對其他問題的看法,從購買手機到軟件人才的雇用等方面。他提及這些問題的方式也很有趣,但印象最為深刻的是他對學生思考現存問題的提倡。整個演講就是激發我們思考一個又一個的問題的過程。正如滙豐業昕堂舍監張澤松博士於講座尾聲指出:「大學生應具備世界視野。」難怪LEE先生同時能擁有多重身份了:科技人,律師,演講家。

圖文:滙豐業昕堂

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