World in Tohoku (WIT) provides social entrepreneurs (SEs) in Japan's disaster-hit areas 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 SEs with the skills they need to succeed locally and abroad. WIT is committed to enhancing disaster preparedness and resilience by leveraging the expertise of diverse professionals.
More than five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and global attention on Tohoku is rapidly fading. This decline in attention is due to a phasing out of financial support towards social businesses, leaving SEs with limited resources to sustain, grow, and scale their work. There is a great need for capacity building services, including opportunities for SEs to engage and collaborate with a global network of experts in the field in order to create lasting impact.
WIT convenes SEs of Tohoku with seasoned global professionals from various fields and sectors through a week-long Cross-Border Learning Journey. The professionals, in turn, gain a deep understanding of Tohoku and its efforts to sustain and grow its businesses. The Journey is not only an opportunity to explore and generate potential global collaborations, but also a lasting community where diversity is embraced, participants and SEs are empowered, and networks produce invaluable relationships.
As it continues to grow its unique cross-sector, cross-border collaborations, WIT will help bring sustainability and scale to social innovation throughout Tohoku and other disaster-struck regions of Japan. The ongoing connection between the social businesses and their global professional network will both accelerate the professional growth of the social entrepreneurs and dramatically increase the disaster-preparedness and resilience of the communities they serve. Resources
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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- Project explanation in Japanese