We recently received an e-mail from Douglas McGray, a journalist, former media fellow (He coined the term “Japan’s Gross National Cool”) and a member of Innovators Network , that he was creating and debuting a live event. A follow-up e-mail told that us that the event is called “Pop-Up Magazine”. I guess you get to have a three-dimensional magazine experience? Well, I always liked Pop-Up books as a child and still do. So, I am curious about Doug’s new creation and curatorial vision. He says he wants to “Pop-Up” twice or three times a year. The kick-off event will be held in San Francisco on April 22. (It is the Alan Webber night at Japan Society in New York!) Click here to buy tickets. The following people are “popping up” for the evening: authors Michael Pollan, Peggy Orenstein, and ZZ Packer; radio producers The Kitchen Sisters, Farai Chideya, and Tania Ketenjian and Ahri Golden; world-renowned photographers Todd Hido and Larry Sultan; magazine writers Jon Mooallem, Jennifer Kahn, and Joshua Davis; Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (contributing from New York), and many more. . . (Fumiko)
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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)
Hiroyuki Imanaka, a compassionate visionary started Atelier Incurve in 2003, an organization which nurture artists with disabilities. He wanted to create a space where they could concentrate on creating their artwork. He eventually built an atelier/studio for artists. It is located in the outskirts of Osaka City. A trained architect, he designed the space. Some of the artists in his organization are quite successful. Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York carries their pieces. Since the artists Hiroyuki works with are self-taught and never received academic training, they belong to the genre called “Outsider Art.” Hiroyuki is visiting New York along with his staff to visit museums and have meetings with potential collaborators. Atelier Incurve is having their next exhibition at the Nariwa Museum in Okayama Prefecture. I asked Hiroyuki if there is anything that he is paying attention to these days. He immediately answered that he was looking forward to the World Baseball Classic, which takes place next March. Yes, he is a big baseball fan and obviously the name of his organization Incurve comes from baseball. Atelier Incurve will be also having an exhibition at Japan Society in summer 2011.