Like many, I have always thought of creativity as intrinsic, inborn, something you either have it in your blood or you don’t. I love creativity and all things creative, but I just can’t seem to create. This thought changed when I met Roy Horan a couple of years ago, who showed me how to “accelerate creativity” from 0 to 100 in less than 3 hours. I never realized one can literally “hack” creativity out of the brain, but this was my first-hand experience. Roy was a professor in the School of Design at PolyU, TEDx speaker, and now a professional consultant in creativity and mindfulness training. He will be speaking at the Creative Morning event this Friday at PMQ on creativity and education. And I would highly recommend anyone with a passion for creativity to come and meet Roy. 

Our writer Eric Lowe recently had an interview with Roy and shares his impression of the Grand Master with us here: 


When I first approach the subject of Roy Horan, I found myself trying to define him through his many accomplishments martial arts movie actor, scientist, yoga master and professor of creativity in education. What does education; Science, martial arts and Eastern Philosophy have anything in common with each other? The answer is everything! Everything Roy Horan did defy traditional mindset definition. In order to make sense of all that one has not only to think outside of the box, but actually throw away the box to be able to grasp the essence of this outstanding individual.



Roy Horan actually found his inspiration to come to Asia through spending 2 years in the Arctic Circle communicating with Native Americans. It was through his belief that they were originally Asians crossing the ice bridge into North America that give him the thirst to discover what knowledge it has to offer from the original source. In the 1970s he landed in Japan and quickly learned Eastern Philosophies as well as Japanese Martial Arts. The next few years found him travelling all over Asia, learning different styles of martial arts from Wing Chuen to Shaolin temple, languages, yoga and meditation at the same time. A random opportunity in Hong Kong turned Roy into a martial arts star. With stunning looks resembling a cross between a young Richard Chamberlain & Christopher Lee, it was no wonder that he found himself the villain in most martial arts films. His most well-known film was “Tower of Death 2” in which he stars opposite Bruce Lee, taken from extra footage from the famous “Tower of Death” that was not used in the first movie. However he did work with Jackie Chan and knew Lee’s son Brandon and Widow Linda quite well.



As Roy became the resident westerner in Hong Kong after he got married in 1981 and fathered 2 daughters. He worked extensively in the Hong Kong Film industry and refused film offers from Hollywood (unlike Chuck Norris). When the Hong Kong Film industry began its decline in the early 90s, he began to focus more on producing and distribution of Hong Kong and international films. It was not until fate intervened with a different career path in education through an offer to teach Multimedia and Technology in the Hong Kong Polytechnic that he made the leap.


Roy Horan liked performing in plays since he was 6; but his passion was actually science. The multimedia course he taught was a success and then it led to creation of the study to enhance creativity in design. In that he took back from his science background and combined it with his experiences with psychology, Eastern Philosophy and Meditation. The result is a system that could enhance creativity through a strategy he designed that has been proven to be effective. It is only then one could see that all that he had learned had come full circle.


With his new credentials as a professor, Roy could see both the Eastern & Western mindset and able to identify them effortlessly. He said the Western (American) model focus on the success of the single individual, while the Eastern (Chinese/Japanese) model focus on each individual’s identity in the collective community. As we are fast approaching the future where leaders need to be able to have a creative mind set in trouble shooting the complex problems and challenges though advances in modern technology. It makes perfect sense that the circle closes where it began: the empowerment of the human mind, with certain techniques borrowed from ancient knowledge of meditation and emphasis on mindfulness. Just imagine every person through accessing this knowledge would be able to increase their creativity and move closer to maximizing their potential is enough to make me want to hear more from Roy Horan, the Western Master who has a myriad of swords, and all of them sharp & effective.



Andre Fu - CMHK Speaker 1

Just little more than a week ago on a beautiful sunny Friday morning, the first Creative Mornings meetup was launched in Hong Kong. Creative Morning is a networking and information sharing monthly event that started in New York City, and has now become a global phenomenon for the creative professionals. Hong Kong being a major creative hub in Asia is finally hosting this monthly event – we are the 99th chapter globally and also the sixth city in Asia to participate.

Breakfast and Coffee

Unlike TED, where the speakers get to pick the topics of their choice, Creative Mornings in NY assigns a prescribed global theme every month. For November, it was “Chance”. Renowned and talented architect from Hong Kong, Andre Fu, was invited to be the speaker. The event was held at the Hive in Wanchai with its excellent view and outside patio became the ideal location to kick start the activities.

Audience 1

In the half-hour presentation, Andre shared his humble beginnings as a young, inexperienced architect, and how he was “by chance” being selected by the Chairman who wanted a fresh approach in the design of the Upper House Hotel. Andre Fu admitted being intimidated by the board completely of Western gentleman all much older than him in age and experience. Yet he was able to convince them of his vision for the Upper House and won their support and cooperation for the project. This “chance” selection became his turning point as he thought this opportunity was able to attract more hotel & interior work on a more international basis. Although Andre claimed his Asian work became his bread & butter projects (like the Fullerton Bay Hotel & nearby pier project in the Singapore waterfront and the Lane Crawford Shoe Library in Hong Kong), he was also able to obtain prestigious projects in Turkey & London (The Opus Suite at the Berkeley Hotel). As for his most interesting experience, Andre picked the L’Appartment installation for Louis Vuitton. Once again working with a creative director with a vision, Andre was able to beat the odds in the confines of the location (Kee Club in Central) and ripping fixtures to create the effect required for the desired result.

Checkout the full presentation at the Creative Mornings website.


After the talk, some of the participants stayed behind to chat with Andre or continue to network for a short period before dispersing from the Hive. All and all it seems a great first event and promised for more to come. The next event will be scheduled for the 12th December at the PMQ with creativity guru Roy Horan to talk about “Education”.

Stay tuned.


Reported by Eric Lowe  / Photos by Brian Ho

Animation About Hong Kong for the International Animation Day

Yesterday was the International Animation Day (28 Oct), a global event established by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) since 2002 with the aim of promoting the art of animation. To celebrate this meaningful event, an animation studio in Hong Kong spent the summer creating a short animated documentary titled “Why Hong Kong? 10 Surprising Fact About Hong Kong!



The animation was created by João Seabra and Filipe Andrade at their studio “Jump Willy“, which is based out of Cyberport. The award-winning studio was founded in Porto, Portugal in 2007 and have expanded to London, Los Angeles, and eventually here in Hong Kong. It provides bespoke creative solutions from digital media ads for major brands like BMW, H&M, and Cisco, to full-length animated TV series.


Joao Seabra

João Seabra working on the Hong Kong Island 3D model


Having been in and out of the animation industry for more than 10 years, I have witnessed many the ups and downs – from the heydays of Imagi and Centro, to the market-wide downsizing and M&As (including my own animation studios back in 2008…). There was a time when we thought the market isn’t here anymore. But come to think of it, there’s always demand for animation and digital media content, the key is really knowing how to pivot and find the sweet spot in the market. As the saying goes: when there are risks, there are more opportunities.


Filipe Marques

Filipe Andrade


I am glad and excited to see new players coming into the market, and I certainly hope Jump Willy can help Hong Kong jump start her creativity when it comes to original content generation.

And apparently, this animation piece came in the right time when Hong Kong is at the spotlight of the world news! Please help spread the word by sharing this awesome animation short!

– By Brian Jeuan Ho



Value Proposition Design – Official Book Launch Event


If you have heard of the Business Model Canvas, you would have probably heard of the book “Business Model Generation” by Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. It was a remarkable book contributed by 470 “Business Model Canvas” practitioners from 45 countries, and widely valued by the startup communities worldwide.

On 27 October (next Monday), the sequel to this valuable book – “Value Proposition Design” will be officially launched in Hong Kong. There will be an official book launch event from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the PaperClip, where you may have the chance to do a videoconference Q&A with Alexander Osterwalder co-author of Business Model Generation. Continue reading Value Proposition Design – Official Book Launch Event