This RSA Japan Fellows Network event in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce Japan is also supported by Eat Creative. The event will bring together five Japan-based social ventures to discuss what inspired them to get started, how they gained traction and how they keep going.
Many charities and NPOs across the globe have grown to become well-funded, professionally run organisations, complementing, or supplementing, the work of governments. In Japan only a few NPOs have achieved this status. Most have to survive on volunteer workforces, and with very limited funds. In recent years the situation has been changing. New grass roots initiatives, taking cues from international and entrepreneurial thinking, are finding novel ways to engage with Japanese society. But the challenges remain daunting.
We bring together five Japan-based social ventures to discuss what inspired them to get started, how they gained traction and how they keep going. We’ll ask them what they wish they’d known when they were starting out and to share advice on long-term survival and how to most effectively make a difference:
Safecast Set up in the aftermath of the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, Safecast’s remit is to collect environmental data and make it available for everyone (‘Open environmental data for everyone’). They have built up a large data set of radiation levels through a open source process of collection (buy and build your own Geiger counter from their site) and are now working on an air pollution measurement project. Their network has grown beyond Japan sporting many collaborations with citizens, universities, NGOs and companies across the globe.
Pirika A young startup set up to “Solve environmental problems with the power of science and technology”. With an initial focus on litter, they have so far developed an ‘anti-litter smartphone app’ and a litter research and analysis programme – ‘Takanome’.
Shinjuku Art Project runs workshops that “empower participants to feel the positive aspects of being different”. Their focus is the promotion of a more diverse society to provide Japan with more potential in the future. Be it national and ethnic background, ability or sexual orientation SAP believe that having a broad range of people with diverse points of view and skills working together is a much more powerful approach to solving issues.
Second Harvest Japan has been pioneering food banking in Japan since 2002. It works to make sure people have enough food in Japan by matching surplus food with those in need as well as welfare institutions, faith-based groups and other nonprofits. Over 940 companies have donated food since 2002.
Social Venture Partners Tokyo : a network of engaged philanthropists (Partners) that aims to accelerate social entrepreneurship in Japan”. Part of an international network, SVPT support and advise Pirika.
This is a free event, limited to 40 guests.
Only guests who have pre-booked will be allowed to enter. Guests will need to bring ID with them to enter.
The event will take place in English.
The main event will be followed by further discussion and networking from 6:00-7:00pm (cash bar).
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