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In January 2010, Japan Society had the privilege of hosting Rosanne Haggerty, founder and President of Common Ground Community and a member of the U.S.-Japan Innovators Network, in Japan.  She had a whirlwind of a trip and we were so delighted to have been able to facilitate a great number of programs and meetings while she was in Japan.

Rosanne re-visited the Kotobuki section of Yokohama to catch up with Innovators Network member, Tomohiko Okabe of Koto-Lab.  Rosanne was impressed with how Okabe-san and his colleagues have been able to reach out to local property owners to transform excess rooms into lodging for the backpacker set.  Where others see a neighborhood in dire need, Okabe-san saw a community asset–empty rooms–and turned it into an opportunity!      

The following day, she spoke at a public forum, “Regional Development in Urban Cities – Cases from the U.S. and Japan,” in Tokyo with Okabe-san.  Co-organized with Tokyo Foundation, 160 people attended the forum, many of whom are concerned about growing homelessness and poverty in Japan today.  The Tokyo Foundation has posted a transcript of the program on their website, which can be found here: http://bit.ly/8ZRvyg

In a more intimate setting, Rosanne had breakfast with about 20 young social and business entreprenuers at the ETIC offices.  The focus of breakfast dialogue was changing society through entrepreneurship and how the “social” and “business” aspects of social entrepreneurship co-exist.

Rosanne was also invited to speak at Meiji University.  Partnering with Professor Yasushi Aoyama, another member of the Innovators Network, Rosanne participated in a public forum at the university on “The Birth and Growth of Social Entrepreneurship in the U.S.”  She later was a guest speaker for a seminar class at the Graduate School of Governance at Meiji University.

And for something completely different, Rosanne appeared on a popular Japanese TV program “The Most Useful School in the World.”  The show aired February 27, and we hope to be able to post a link to the show soon, but alas, it will be in Japanese only.

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Akiko Matsunobu1
Had a good meeting with Akiko Matsunobu, Executive Director of the Tokyo Foundation, this morning.

I first met her some years ago when she was Chief Officer of Peace Winds Japan. She’s one of those unusual people with experience at both NGOs and corporations, having worked for both FedEx and American Express in her previous incarnations.

Tokyo Foundation, ETIC (Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities) and Japan Society’s U.S.-Japan Innovators Network will be collaborating on a project this fall to bring Japanese social entrepreneurs from regions outside of Tokyo to the United States to share experiences with Americans focused on community building in economically distressed areas. (Daniel Rosenblum)

Tokyo Foundation, ETIC and JS meet

Tokyo Foundation, ETIC and JS meet

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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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