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I just found out that the Japanese translation of Bill Strickland‘s book Make the Impossible Possible was published in Japan from Eiji Press. I AM THRILLED! It is a wonderful book about Bill’s life story in which he explains how he ended up creating a job-training and arts organization in Pittsburgh for the underserved community. The book was translated by Hiroki Komazaki, also a member of our network, who started an organization in Tokyo to help working parents with sick children. I hope Bill’s book will be widely read not only by aspiring social entrepreneurs but also by young people in Japan.

We first met Bill in June 2006, when we held a retreat at SY Partner‘s office. Then we decided to invite him to a retreat in Tokyo in January 2007. It was his first trip to Japan. Last February, he gave a speech at Japan Society. Here is a link to a summary of the event.

Congratulations!

(Fumiko)

©Satoru Ishikawa

©Satoru Ishikawa

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I started to read Seth Godin’s new book Tribes last night. I have never read his book before. Tribes is easy to read, yet at the same time, is empowering and inspiring. I read about 30 pages of the book in my 40-minute subway ride. Then I checked his blog once I arrived at work this morning and found out that he was “offering an apprenticeship/not-internship/graduate school/charm school track-changing opportunity to a few people this winter. It’s free, it’s fairly audacious and I hope you’ll check it out. It might not be for you (in fact, it probably isn’t) but I have no doubt that you know people who might be interested.” Here is the link for further details.

I like the idea of apprenticeship. Seth Godin has a monk head. I thought about a book called The Priest and his disciples by Hyakuzo Kurata. I read it when I was in high school back in Japan. While I do not recall too much about what was written in the book, I like the notion that the guru of marketing is going to hand-pick his willing disciples to sit down and share his wisdom with them. And it is great that he is doing it for free. Try to quantify what may transpire in the six months that you spend with him. Too bad all applicants are required to speak perfect English…………..(How do you define “perfect”?)

(Fumiko)

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Daniel Pink of the Whole New Mind speaks at Japan Society on Monday, October 6. Dan, a Japan  Society Media Fellow, will be talking about his recent journey into the heart of the manga industry in Japan – including into the underworld of the manga fan – as well as about his new book, “The Amazing Adventures of Johnny Bunko”.   The evening comes complete with refreshments and a book sale and signing (magic chopsticks included!).

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On February 6, 2008, Keith Yamashita, Chairman of SY Partners, distributed these two handouts at the symposium For Profit, For Good: Integrating Social Value into the Bottom Line. Together, the handouts’ purpose is to help people create new value and spark innovation in the face of the status quo:

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The new Encore Career Finder, created in partnership with Simply Hired, lists thousands of openings at nonprofit, environmental, health care, education, social service and governmental organizations.

To read more about the Encore Career Finder, please visit http://www.encore.org/news/encore-career-finder.

To search for the Encore Career Finder, please visit http://encore.org/careers.cfm.

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Echoing Green announced twenty-seven entrepreneurs as their 2008 fellows, one of its largest classes to date. The entrepreneurs, selected from a record pool of more than 1,450 applicants from eighty-three countries, will launch nineteen start-up organizations.

This year, for the first time in Echoing Green’s twenty-one-year history, more than half of the fellows are developing models for creating lasting change that harness market forces, including several who plan to launch socially focused for-profits. The 2008 class is also distinguished for its relative youth, reflecting Echoing Green’s core belief that young people are key actors in sparking meaningful social change. One-third of the 2008 fellows are under 26 years old.

For more information about the 2008 fellows, please visit http://www.echoinggreen.org.

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