Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas

by World In You
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas
Social Entrepreneurs of Japan's Disaster-Hit Areas

Dear supporters,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your generous support in empowering social entrepreneurs in Japan's disaster-hit area, Tohoku. Without your kindness, we wouldn't have been able to collaborate with innovative social entrepreneurs to help them build sustainable and resourceful organizations to address pressing social issues. 

As you may know, we changed our organization name from WIT (World in Tohoku) to World in You in 2022. The vision and what we have done as WIT have evolved into World in You to work with people from all walks of life. 

Today, I am writing this to announce that we would like to close this funding project soon since we have met our fundraising needs thanks to you. Although we close this project GlobalGiving, World in You is still connected with the social entrepreneurs we have worked with in Tohoku, and still conducting interview series to listen to their life journeys and where they are heading. In our next report, I would like to write about how all of your support has enabled the positive changes we have seen through our work in Tohoku and how this work has grown into who we are today.

If you would like to keep hearing from us about World in You's work, please sign up for our newsletter from our website (https://worldinyou.org/en/) or contact me. 

With gratitude,

Mio and World in You team

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World in You Story with Daigo Hashimoto
World in You Story with Daigo Hashimoto

Dear generous supporters, 


Hope you are surviving the heat wave that is hitting many places in the world.

We are pleased to share that we started an interview series with social entrepreneurs in Tohoku whom World in You has supported and collaborated with. We hope the dialogue offers the entrepreneurs an opportunity to reflect on their hard work in Tohoku and their path forward. We also hope that you will be able to connect with them through their life stories.

World in You Stories is a series of interviews with people from around the world who are working on something or living their lives with the hope of making the world a better place in small steps. We hope that when the world in you and the world in someone else meet, they will enrich each other and lead to a better society.

Please enjoy the summary of the interview with Daigo Hashimoto, Founder and Executive Director of Replus, here in English. You can also listen to the original interview in Japanese on our Podcast.

We will feature other Tohoku social entrepreneurs in our upcoming reports, so please stay tuned!

As part of our World in You Stories, we also started sharing the stories of our team. I hope you will enjoy my story here as well.  

 

With gratitude,

Mio and World in You team

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World in You logo

Dear generous supporters,

We hope you and your loved ones are holding up in this difficult time of the world.

In today's newsletter, we would like to announce important news on our organization's name change to World in You and invite all of you to join our virtual launch event on March 10th at 10 PM (US Eastern time) / March 11th at noon (Japan time).

Visit our English site.

 

 

WIT becomes World in You (https://worldinyou.org/en/) as of March 1st, 2022, and renewed its corporate brand.

World in You envisions a world where people from around the globe and all walks of life come together to create a better society. Our mission is to cultivate leaders, organizations, and communities that co-create across boundaries – different sectors and countries, to better society. We design and implement cross-boundary leadership training programs, nonprofit board and governance services, and overseas expansion support for social entrepreneurs. Our signature Board Fellow Program, for example, fosters cross-sector collaboration among business and nonprofit leaders by engaging them with critical discussion on nonprofit management and board governance to solve complex social issues.

 

Why renew our corporate brand?

We have changed our organization name twice. Our original name was World in Asia, and we became World in Tohoku (WIT) in 2014. However, our founding philosophy has always been the same, even under different names. That is to bring people together from all walks of life to make a better world. So we decided to express our vision straightforward by taking off geographical focus from our name. We also renewed our website to explore and realize the vision with more people from diverse sectors.

 

About our new logo

Our new logo expresses the dynamics of diverse people coming together across boundaries and co-creating, making the world inside of you richer and more colorful.

 

Join our launch event!

We will host a virtual launch event to share the new World in You and talk about how corporations and organizations can better communicate in the remotely connected world.

Mio Yamamoto and Yuko Mishiro, Executive Director and producer of World in You, respectively, will welcome Yukinori Sakurai and Miho Kazama, co-chairs of RELEASE; (https://release.world/), with whom we worked together on the complete renewal of our website.

Please visit the event page for the details and RSVP.

When March 10 (US time) / March 11, 2022 (Japan time)


  • Part I: 10 - 10:30 pm (US Eastern time) / Noon - 12:30 pm (JST)

  • Part II: 10:30 - 11:15 pm (US Eastern time) / 12:30 - 1:15 pm (JST)

This is a free event.

How to join: ZOOM (link will be posted on this page when the day gets closer)

Language: Japanese. Japanese <-> English interpretation is available.

 

My" World in You"

We are excited to share some of the "World in You" s sent by our newsletter readers (see the picture attached to this letter). We are grateful to get a glimpse of what each person cares about. So please share your "World in You" anytime (and as many times as you like).

 

Message from Mio Yamamoto, Executive Director, World in You

After several years of extensive discussion and deliberation with our team and constituencies, I am thrilled to announce our new name and website that goes back to our founding principles.

The name World in You does not end there; It means that when the world inside of you meets the world in someone or somewhere else, the encounter can enrich each other's worlds and lead to a better society. That's why World in You provides opportunities for people who have never met before to connect across boundaries, build relationships, learn, collaborate, and co-create for a better society.

To tackle complex social issues, we need more and more leadership and organizations that can work across boundaries and catalyze collaboration and co-creation. Not only is it necessary, but it is also fascinating and rewarding to be able to work together to create a better society from anywhere in the world.

If you also wish to make the world around you a better place, even a little, as the world passes through you, please come and meet us. We look forward to crossing paths with you.



With gratitude,

Mio and World in You Team

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My "World in You"s

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Board Fellow Program participants
Board Fellow Program participants

Dear generous supporters,

We hope you are off to a healthy and vibrant start to the year.
We are grateful to all who have participated in our programs/events, supported us in many ways, collaborated with us in 2021. We are excited to share some pivotal progress from last year and would like to take this opportunity to thank you.

 

Inaugural Board Fellow Program successfully finished

WIT launched Board Fellow Program – Japan’s first program focused on nonprofit governance and board training in 2021 summer. A diverse group of 24 business and nonprofit leaders participated and spent six months learning about nonprofit governance and discussing top challenges nonprofits. The first cohort’s theme was Inclusion & Empowerment, in particular, achieving a society where women can realize their full potential even after having children. In addition, the participants cultivated mutual understanding, looking forward to long-term collaborations, such as having corporate employees serve on nonprofit boards, a practice that is still rare in Japan.

The application for the second cohort will start in early Spring. Stay tuned!

 

WIT will become World in You!

WIT will change our name for the second time to World in You early this year. We are confident this is our last name change! (Our original name was World in Asia, and we became World in Tohoku (WIT) in 2014.) However, our founding philosophy has always been the same, even under different names. That is to bring people together from all walks of life to make a better world. So we decided to express our vision straightforward by taking off geographical focus from our name.
Thank you very much to more than 50 people who gave us valuable feedback in our decision-making process with our board and voting members. 
We will announce our new website and logo in early spring. We are also looking for new team members. Please get in touch with us if you are interested!

OUR VISION
Bringing people together from all walks of life to make a better world

OUR MISSION
Cultivating leaders, organizations, and communities that co-create across boundaries – different sectors and countries  – to better society.

We are excited to see how we can embody the vision and mission by ourselves, and contribute to them further.

 

Big progress in overseas expansion support for Japanese social entrepreneurs

We had two exciting news in 2021. First, one of the Board Fellow Program participating nonprofits, Nobel, has been selected as one of 34 organizations to receive funds from the Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls! WIT jointly applied with Nobel and will continue to work with Nobel on overseas collaboration, fundraising, and more. In addition, WheeLog, a nonprofit WIT has supported since 2018, has been selected as one of the Impact Innovators at Dubai Expo and presented in UAE last November. We are excited to continue to catalyze global partnerships for social impact.

 

With gratitude and smiles,

Mio Yamamoto, Co-Founder & Executive Director, and all WIT Team

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WGB members and WIT Learning Journey attendees
WGB members and WIT Learning Journey attendees

Dear generous supporters, 

Thank you very much for your continuing support and for reading our letters. 

As this is the 10th anniversary of the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake, we would like to cover how the social entrepreneurs that WIT has supported are doing now in our upcoming reports.

We would like to highlight the Watari Green Belt in this letter. WIT started supporting founding members of WGB in 2011. We assisted with forming a nonprofit entity, introduced systems coaching for team building, provided board training, consulted on their business development, and more. 


Watari Green Belt (WGB)

WGB started their activities after the 3.11 earthquake to restore the coastal tidewater control forest on the shore of Watari town that was washed away in the tsunami. In 2012, we developed a master plan illustrating the vision of the town with the residents, as well as growing saplings to restore the coastal forest. We started planting trees in 2015 and were able to plant 44,000 trees in 14.1 hectares of town-owned forests over the course of five years. Since 2020, we have been conducting maintenance and management, including taking care of trees, clearing undergrowth, and eradicating non-native species. 

Since the maintenance and management of coastal tidewater control forests have to continue in perpetuity, we also nurture our successors and cultivate partnerships with local governments and corporations to engage more people in coastal forest conservation.

In addition to restoring and maintaining the baby forests, WGB also teaches school children about the natural environment and grows vegetables and fruits on the farm near the forests. With the support of many local volunteers, we are aiming to expand our sales of peanuts that we have cultivated as a local specialty product. This helps us to obtain funds to maintain an office and prove a gathering place for agricultural experiences. 

 

Message for overseas supporters from WGB

"We want to convey our sincere gratitude for the support and cooperation of people from many countries since the disaster. In August 2011 we received encouraging words from new President Biden (then Vice-President) during his visit to Miyagi prefecture, and in December 2012, we were able to hold a hot-air balloon festival in Watari town, Miyagi prefecture, thanks to the support from Huawei Co. in China. In 2016, we planted trees in the “Colorado Forest” with contributions we received from the SAKURA Foundation in Denver, Colorado. We are grateful! grateful! grateful!"

 

If you have an opportunity to visit Miyagi prefecture in the future, please do stop by at WGB's office! They will be very happy to meet you in person and show you around!

 

Sincerely,

WIT team

Tree-planting festival in 2019 Fall
Tree-planting festival in 2019 Fall
Colorado Forest
Colorado Forest

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