Posts Tagged ‘Innovation’

I was listening to WNYC this morning and came across with a story about a YouTube video produced by an astronaut and created by a group of people working at NASA. The video is about how common “Innovation-blocking behaviors” are within the agency. Well, watch this video. I think what is told in the video could resonate with any types of organizations. Who are you in this video and who do you want to be? (Fumiko)


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ネットワークのメンバーのキース・ヤマシタさんが会長を務めるSY Partners (SYパートナーズ)に関する記事が、リクルート社発行の雑誌Works 89号に掲載されました。タイトルは「シリコンバレーレポート『カオス発、創造』の条件」。 こちらのリンクでもどうぞ。サンフランシスコを本拠地とするSYパートナーズは、2009年には東京オフィスを設立予定。

SY Partners is featured on “Works”, Japan’s leading magazine on HR management published by Recruit Co.  The rough translation of the article’s title is, “Report from Silicon Valley – Conditions to create emerges from chaos.”  (Sorry if it sounds too esoteric……) The article is only in Japanese. SY Partners are planning to open the Tokyo office in 2009.

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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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Keith Yamashita appears on CNBC’s series “The Business of Innovation,” a show about leadership, innovation, and the daring of some of the world’s most ambitious companies. This five-part series airs on Monday nights, starting June 2nd. Maria Bartiromo hosts the show, and Keith is one of the on-air thought leaders who interview CEOs and other innovators. The show features leaders from a number of Keith’s SYPartners’ clients, past and present, such as Nike, Starbucks, Herman Miller, Facebook, among many others. In filming the show, they talked with everyone from legendary leaders like Jack Welch and Howard Schultz to budding entrepreneurs at the Stanford Institute of Design, as well as Silicon Valley’s Randy Komisar, Nobel Laureate Muhummad Yunnis, FedEx CIO Rob Carter, hip-hop clothing moguls, and leaders of entire nations like Singapore. For the next five weeks, Keith will also be blogging about episodes and topics of the show at http://www.keithyamashita.com.

The show airs Mondays at 9pm Eastern time/6pm Pacific time. More information about the show can be read at http://innovation.cnbc.com/.

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Architecture for Humanity and UNICEF are working together to innovate schools and classrooms for children all over the world, scaling architectural innovation to a profound level. As of right now UNICEF and Architecture for Humanity are seeking design and engineering professional to help develop and build a number of educational facilities in West Africa. Their focus at the moment is in Liberia and Ivory Coast, but in the coming months they will look for candidates for Sierra Leone and Guinea. Working in partnership with local communities and the ministry of education, they will design and facilitate the building of two schools that will include alternative energy sources, water reclamation, connectivity, basic services, and play spaces.

In other Architecture for Humanity news, almost $35,000 has been raised for the rebuilding project for Myanmar/Burma since Cyclone Nargis slammed into the country’s southern tip. AFH has spoken with a number of in-country and ex-patriot designers about their strategy for long term rebuilding and have representatives on the ground in Rangoon. Given their available funding they’ve decided to assemble a design team that can focus on the rebuilding of one community that has been devastated by this horrific disaster. AFH is also giving preference to regionally based designers due to the high travel costs associated with getting into Myanmar.

Join hundreds of others and support AFH’s sustainable reconstruction effort, make a donation today by visiting: http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/donate

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Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 PM — Japan Society, New York
Thursday, May 22, 6:30 PM — Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Kohei Nishiyama, CEO of design-to-order company elephant designInnovation, improvisation and collaboration are critical ingredients for recovery. New approaches to problem-solving in Japan and the United States are helping people envision a better future, whether it’s a community coping with natural disaster or an individual rebounding from homelessness. These symposia explore the art of recovery from a range of different perspectives, keying off of conversations with members of the U.S.-Japan Innovators Network, including Rosanne Haggerty, founder of the supportive housing non-profit Common Ground Community, Kohei Nishiyama, CEO of design-to-order company elephant design, Marty Ashby, Executive Producer of MCG Jazz, and Jay Weigel, Executive/Artistic Director for the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

Co-organized with MCG Jazz, Contemporary Arts Center, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Followed by a reception.

Tickets: (May 20 only, New York): $10/$8 Japan Society members/$5 students & seniors. Order tickets online at www.japansociety.org/ or call the Japan Society box office, Mon-Fri, 11 am to 6 pm, Weekends, 11 am to 5 pm, (212) 715-1258. A $3 service charge is added to all orders. Member ID number required for member ticket purchase. No refunds or exchanges. Programs subject to change.

Tickets: (May 22 only, New Orleans): Free Admission. For more information, please call the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, (504) 528-3805, or visit www.cacno.org/.

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