This wonderful video is based on a retreat we held in the Fall of 2007 titled Invigorating Communities, Designing for Inclusion. The video was created by BAYCAT Studio, where Innovators Network member Villy Wang serves as the President and CEO. Enjoy!
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Some days before leaving for Tokyo, I fretted about the state of the global economy, and Japan’s economy in particular.
In my January 30 post, GDP Blues, I mentioned David Resler, Managing Director & Chief Economist at Nomura Securities International, Inc., predicting that Japan’s 4th quarter GDP for 2008 could drop 9 pct or more.
That number, announced today, shows GDP contracted at an annual rate of 12.7 pct, Japan’s worst quarterly drop since its economy shrank at an annual pace of 13.1 pct in the first three months of 1974.
Exports are key, of course, but judging by what I’ve seen of consumer demand (or the lack thereof) in Tokyo, the slump is likely to continue for some time.
Even in osharen na Azabu Juban, 100 yen stores are very much back in vogue.
Posted in creativity, design, internet, tagged daniel rosenblum, design, GOOD Magazine, IDEO, Japan Society, sustainability, tha ltd, U.S.-Japan Innovators Network, web desighner, Yugo Nakamura on February 6, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Yugo Nakamura – A Wizard, a True Star
It’s the first day of our exploration of design and sustainability in Tokyo with Max Schorr and Casey Caplowe of GOOD Magazine and Valerie Casey of IDEO.
Wending our way through Shibuya, we arrive at tha ltd, the studio of maverick web designer Yugo Nakamura. You enter through the ground floor of a non-descript apartment building to an open foyer that doubles as a meeting space.
Nakamura, dressed casually in jeans and blue sweater, is a tall man with a shock of black hair peppered with gray. Using a laptop and projector he shares some of his latest work involving interactive Internet animation, including a series of ads for Uniqlo.
Another of Nakamura’s projects is an image bookmarking website, designed as a frame. “I love making images and looking at images I love,” Nakamura says. .
“It’s interesting because it’s the first generation of digital interactive art design on the web,” says Schorr.
Asked about his approach to work, Nakamura says, “I’m interested in methodology. “We work like craftsmen. Our clients have their ideas. We want to make our products as original and fun as possible.”
Asked about collaborating with his American visitors somewhere down the road, Nakamura’s enthusiastic.
He notes that getting people to do good often starts on a small scale, from mundane social networking like dating and friend finding.
“Maybe we can come up with a mechanism for mobilizing a small part of people who that will enable the collections of goodness among people through communication,” he says.
Posted in global, U.S.-Japan Innovators Network, Uncategorized, tagged Civicus, Civil Society, daniel rosenblum, engagement, innovators, Katsuji Imata, organization, UNDP on February 2, 2009| Leave a Comment »
CIVICUS has created the Civil Society Index (CSI) project, a “participatory needs assessment and action planning tool” designed to strengthen civil society worldwide.
According to Katsuji, the top three challenges facing civil society today are:
1. Accountability and transparency
2. Infrastructure and organization
3. Maintaining engagement
The project’s goal is to create a learning network to improve the state of civil society around the globe, he said.
“There are a broad range of actors in civil society, not just NGOs,” Katsuji explained.
That group of actors can sometimes include “uncivil elements”.
CSI is designed to measure the following dimensions of civil society:
1. Civil Engagement – the extent to which individuals engage in social and policy related initiatives.
2. Level of Organization – the level of institutionalization that characterizes civil society.
3. Practice of Values – the extent to which civil society practices core values.
4. Perceived impact – the extend civil society impacts the social and policy arena.
5. External Environment – the four above elements analysed in the context of the socio-economic, political and cultural variables within which the civil society operates.
Katsuji, a member of the U.S.-Japan Innovators Network, flies back to Tokyo on Wednesday, in time to join the Innovators Network reunion on February 6. (Daniel Rosenblum)
Watching Wall Street implode from Japan last September, it was easy to hope that after a couple of bailouts life would quickly return to normal.
Clearly, that’s not the case. As I prepare to return to Tokyo next week, I wonder how the people and the city are holding up under the strain of a seemingly intractable global recession.
During the discussion, it became clear the outlooks for both the U.S. and Japanese economies were none-too sanguine.
Panelist David Resler, Managing Director & Chief Economist at Nomura Securities International, Inc., correctly predicted that U.S. GDP numbers for the fourth quarter coming out today would show a strong contraction.
That number, released this morning, showed the economy shrinking 3.8 pct, the biggest drop in 27 years.
And what of Japan’s fourth quarter GDP?
Resler suggested a drop of 9 pct or more. Indeed, the decline of 9.6 pct in Japan’s December preliminary industrial production, announced on Friday, doesn’t bode well.
The darkest hour before the dawn?