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While I have been diligently twittering away, I have not been such a good blogger. From the tweet I read, I found out Acumen Fund just celebrated its 8th anniversary today! Congratulations! Jacqueline Novogratz was doing a book reading and signing at Tribeca last night. I dropped by to see how it was. There were about 80-90 people in the crowd. I have probably heard her speak more than 10 times, but I am always so impressed by her ability to speak in an articulate and inspiring manner. I am looking forward to her lecture here at JS in May. Prior to that, Alan Webber will be returning to JS on April 22 to speak about his new book Rules of Thumb – 52 truths of winning business without losing yourself – . He is another great speaker, who is a lot of fun and very insightful at the same time. I enjoyed reading his book! Hopefully it will be translated into Japanese. In a couple of weeks, my coworker Betty will be going to Tokyo to organize an exchange titled “Learning from Disaster: Miyakejima and New Orleans”. This is a second part of an exchange program that started last April. Miyakejima is an island about 110 miles off the coast of Tokyo. This small island with several thousand residents has an active volcano. In 2000, the volcano erupted and all residents needed to evacuate. In 2005, after 4 years and 5 months, the residents were allowed to return to their home. A group of people, who were involved with the relief and recovery effort at Miyakejima went to New Orleans last April to meet with like-minded people who are rebuilding the post-Katrina community as members and leaders of the local government and non-profit organizations. The exchange was started as a way to learn from each other’s experience and share wisdom. In turn, this April, a total of 16 Americans including observers, will be visiting Tokyo. Some of them are planning to visit Miyakejima, which is mainly accessible by a ferry. (There are flights, which get canceled frequently due to precarious weather conditions.) There will be a public symposium on April 18 at Meiji University. The outcome of this exchange will be published as a book in Japanese and English. (Fumiko)

New Orleans April 2008

New Orleans April 2008

@Ashe Cultural Center April 2008

@Ashe Cultural Center April 2008

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U.S.-Japan Innovators Network Lecture @ Japan Society

Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 PM

Imagine a world where everyone has access to water, housing, health services and energy. That is the goal of Jacqueline Novogratz, a member of the U.S.-Japan Innovators Network. In 2001, Novogratz started Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve global poverty. Join us in celebrating the launch of her new book The Blue Sweater, which follows her transformation from a young idealistic woman working in Africa to one of today’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs.

Moderated by Justin Rockefeller, Co-founder, GenerationEngage.

Followed by a reception and book signing.

Tickets
This event is free, but you must register in advance.

Please send your name, affiliation and contact information by e-mail to innovators@japansociety.org.

If you have any questions, please call the Innovators Network at 212-715-1243

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imagesFrom The McKinsey Quarterly

Acumen Fund founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz shares stories of social-sector entrepreneurship in an excerpt from her new book, The Blue Sweater. A video interview with the author takes you behind the book.

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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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