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今年2月に、当協会の招きで、日経ホールで行われたシンポジウムに出席するために来日したアキュメン・ファンド代表のジャクリーン・ノヴォグラッツさん。5日間という短い滞在期間の中、シンポジウムだけでなく、企業とのミーティングから、非営利団体ETICとの共催で日本の若い社会起業家との朝食会や、大学生や社会起業家を目指す若者を対象とした講演会、新聞や雑誌の取材も精力的にこなしました。特にETICで行われた講演会では、「夢はなるべく声に出して語った方が良いのよ。そっちの方が現実になる可能性が高いから。」と出席者を励まし、自分の夢は「世界から貧困を無くす事。あなたたちも世界を変えることができる。」と力強く言い切るジャクリーンさんの言葉に皆、深い感銘を受けたかと思います。

「貧者の救済に必要なのは施しではなく、尊厳である。」と考えるジャクリーンさんは、2001年に非営利団体アキュメン・ファンドを立ち上げ、アフリカとアジアで貧困に苦しむ人々に飲料水、住宅、教育等を供給するビジネスへの投資を行ってきました。アキュメン・ファンドは投資先に資金援助とアドバイスを行い、社会的な利益還元を第一に目指します。

そんなジャクリーンさんの現在までの軌跡を描いた著書「The Blue Sweater」が来年3月に発売予定だそうです。英語です。私はまだ読んでいませんが、期待できる内容かと思います。いづれはビル・ストリックランドさんの本のように日本語訳が出て、なるべく多くの人に読まれるようになると嬉しいです。

本のタイトルの青いセーターについてですが、ジャクリーンさんの講演会に出席した人は、青いセーターにまつわるエピソードをすでに知っているはずです。こちらは本で読んだ方が良いかと思うので、内容には触れません。ただ、このエピソードが、彼女が世界観を築いていく上で、非常に深い意味を持ったということだけは付け加えておきます。

(Fumiko)

© Kenzo Sai

© Kenzo Sai

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While I was reading Seth Godin’s new book, I came across with Jacqueline Novogratz’s name for more than a couple of times. Just like Godin, I am a big fan of Acumen Fund‘s work. I knew that she was working on a book about her endeavor as a social entrepreneur. I checked Acumen’s website and found out that her book The Blue Sweater will be published next March. How exciting. I also want to see this book translated into Japanese and many other languages. I will not tell what the blue sweater is all about since it is better that you read her book.

I will be writing the same post in Japanese tomorrow. I am sure a lot of people are going to be excited about this news.

(Fumiko)

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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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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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We recently added videos to our Innovators Network’s channel on YouTube.

Please check it out!

The interviews were all filmed during and after a retreat that we held in Kyoto in November 2007.

Here is the link to our channel.

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ユーチューブのコンテンツを更新しました。

2007年11月に京都で開かれた会合の参加者の皆様に

イノベーターズ・ネットワークについて伺いました。

下記のリンクをどうぞご覧になってください。

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(内容は英語です。日本語のインタビューは英語字幕付きです。)

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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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May 20, 2008 – The U.S.-Japan Innovators Network held the public symposium Innovation & the Art of Future Building in New York on May 20 in order to explore innovative approaches to helping people envision a better future, whether it’s a community coping with natural disaster, an individual rebounding from homelessness or online networks sharing information vital to recovery. Part of Japan Society’s U.S.-Japan Innovators Network, the program was co-organized with MCG Jazz, Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. A second presentation took place Thursday, May 22, at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA.

For a summary of the event, please read Innovation & the Art of Future Building.

To listen to the participants’ different perspectives on recovery and future building, please visit Innovators Podcasts on Japan Society’s website.

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