RESILIENCE for the FUTURE: Cross-Border Dialogue with Post-Disaster Social Entrepreneurs

*** If you missed the RSVP due, please email at mio.yamamoto@worldintohoku.org to register.

WIT is a cross-border social innovation platform, which started in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 to support social entrepreneurs in the disaster-affected area.

We believe in the power of collaboration between social entrepreneurs and global citizens from diverse fields to make this world a better place.

At our 6th commemoration event, we will be welcoming a social entrepreneur from Fukushima, Japan, who launched his social venture with the vision to create a sustainable economy and society, through promoting the long-standing tradition of Urushi, beautiful Japanese lacquerware, on a global scale after the earthquake.

We will also introduce WIT's cross-border activities to instigate social innovations and develop global citizens.

After inspiring talks by two speakers, participants will take part in a world-café style dialogue to explore how we can create a resilient civil society in Japan, the US and beyond.

Scroll below for speaker bios.

Light refreshments and beverage will be served starting at 6pm.

Please join us for this unique and exciting opportunity to create a resilient civil society together!



This event will be both in English and Japanese.

RSVP by March 2nd noon
*** If you missed the RSVP due, please email at mio.yamamoto@worldintohoku.org to register.


Wataru Kainuma

Executive Director and Founder, Urushi Rocks Inc.; Director, Nonprofit Urushi Harunaka Kai

Born in Fukushima in 1980, Wataru was absorbed in band music and India during his schooldays. After graduating from a university in Tokyo, he moved to Aizuwakamatsu. The turning point came in his life when he was 24, through life-changing visits to urushiware and ceramics workshops.

The disaster on March 11, 2011, forced Wataru to realize the fragility of our convenient lives. He started to dream of how we could coexist with nature. As a powerful communicator who connects people to urushi, Wataru gives lectures and hosts events all over Japan to convey how Urushiware enriches our lives. Currently, he has offices in both Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima and Sumida, Tokyo.

Mio Yamamoto
Executive Director and Co-Founder , WIT

Mio has more than ten years of experience in providing high-impact social entrepreneurs with capacity building and funding support. Mio co-founded WIT in the wake of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011 to scale and sustain the impact of promising social entrepreneurs in the disaster-hit area. Prior to starting WIT, Mio was a Partner of Social Venture Partners, a venture philanthropy organization. She also worked for McKinsey & Co. and Sumitomo Chemical. Mio completed ORSC® (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching) courses, and received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as a BA with a major in International Relations from the University of Tokyo.

Article about Mio Yamamoto and WIT: https://journal.accj.or.jp/breaking-the-mold/

About Urushi Rocks

Aiming to promote traditional Japanese craftsmanship and nature conservancy, Urushi Rocks is about creating a future beyond the current mass consumption society. In 2013, Urushi Rocks collaborated with an Aizu urushi-ware factory to offer cultural tours to visit artisans (http://tematrip.com/). In 2015, it launched the Urushiware series “Meguru” (http://meguru-urushi.com/), unique for its collaboration with individuals with visual impairments (who are also guides for “Dialogue in the Dark”), and for its sophisticated design, touch and ease of use. A portion of the revenue is allocated towards the planting of lacquer trees in Japan. Meguru was a recipient of the Good Design Award 2015 and Japan Wood Design 2015.

Website: http://urushirocks.com/

NHK World TV Broadcast about Meguru

About WIT

World in Tohoku (WIT) provides social entrepreneurs in Japan with access to a global network of professionals who help them build capacity and accelerate the impact of their programs. Through "Cross-Border Learning Journeys" and mentorship, WIT offers advice, training, and toolkits to equip social entrepreneurs with the skills they need to succeed both locally and abroad. WIT is also committed to enhancing disaster preparedness and resilience by leveraging the expertise of diverse professionals.

Website: http://worldintohoku.org/

GlobalGiving site: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/world-in-tohoku/

Event Sponsors:

Sapporo USA Inc.
TOTO (San Francisco event

TIC Restaurant Group

and others.

Event Supporting Partners:
NY Ichokai
JASSA (Japan Study Student Association) at Columbia University
and others.

About Event Tickets:
Event ticket is $10 if purchased through Peatix, and $12 at the door.
We also accept tax-deductible donations through GlobalGiving platform. To donate, please visit https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/world-in-tohoku/

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