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
World in You logo
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

My "World in You"s
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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Asuiku preschool opened in 2019
Asuiku preschool opened in 2019

Hello, our supporters and friends!


In the past ten years, WIT has evolved from connecting innovative social entrepreneurs in Tohoku with US-Japan professionals from diverse backgrounds and providing them capacity building and management support into a platform to cultivate cross-boundary leadership and collaboration for social innovation for Tohoku and other regions.

In this letter, we cover Ten Years at WIT, Tohoku Social Entrepreneur Update, and our New Program to Advance Mothers' Wellbeing.

 

Ten Years at WIT

As a catalyst to connect people across various boundaries such as different sectors, counties, and industries, WIT has hosted eleven Cross-Border Learning Journeys and other Journey programs for more than 300 participants, which has led to many collaborations among the participated social entrepreneurs and professionals from the US and Japan.

We have also identified capacity-building areas that are critical for the sustainable growth of social entrepreneurs in Japan, including organizational development, impact assessment, and nonprofit board and governance. We created a social innovation fund and developed many training workshops for social entrepreneurs and philanthropists to strengthen their capacity to work together effectively and create sustainable social impact. We published a book on nonprofit governance – one of the first of its kind in Japan, in 2020, and more than 250 nonprofit leaders and business people participated in our Board & Governance training.

 

Tohoku Social Entrepreneur Update - Asuiku:

Asuiku, a nonprofit WIT has supported since 2011, was founded after the Great East Japan Earthquake to help children living in evacuation sites and temporary housing. As Asuiku realized that child poverty was becoming more apparent due to the earthquake, they shifted our focus from just supporting disaster-affected children to child poverty and started a program for children living in low-income households. Asuiku currently provides educational and other support programs for at-risk middle school students in collaboration with 3 cities and 21 towns and villages in Miyagi prefecture.
Asuiku has also developed a variety of programs to address child poverty, including a free school for children without a place due to not attending or dropping out of school, meal service for children, daycare and preschools, and children centers.

Moving forward, Asuiku wants to create a program for children who are marginalized from society to think about how they want to live their lives when they grow up. Rather than simply providing employment assistance, Asuiku is committed to finding ways of living and working that match each individual.
Second, Asuiku envisions taking root in society as a nonprofit that continues for a hundred years. It is often said that the ultimate goal of nonprofits is to make social issues disappear and dissolve; however, as long as human beings make up society, they think it is natural that social divisions occur as a result of things like income stratification. Asuiku's goal is to keep serving people in need and playing a catalyst role to make their voices heard and connect them with the larger society.


A message from Yusuke Ohashi, Founder of Asuiku

"In Tohoku, the problem of poverty has worsened due to the Great East Japan Earthquake a decade ago and has been worsening yet again due to the spread of the COVID-19. These two events have not just inflicted damage upon the Tohoku region, they have also expanded support networks and ecosystem. We anticipate that new, positive signs for the future are being born amid this challenging environment. We hope that there will come a time when the path of Tohoku so far will serve as a reference for other regions and countries."

*We will update you about other Tohoku social entrepreneurs in the upcoming letters.

 

Board Fellow Program to Advance Wellbeing for Mothers:

This summer WIT will launch a six-month Board Fellow Program where nonprofit and corporate leaders discuss and collaborate to address pressing social issues. Our inaugural theme in 2021 is Inclusion and Empowerment – Advancing wellbeing for mothers and creating a society where mothers can bring out their potential.

The Board Fellow Program will strengthen the leadership and organizational capacity of innovative nonprofit leaders from organizations serving mothers, and enable them to develop effective programs and reach more mothers in need. We will engage corporate leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities with the nonprofits and collaborate with them. By cultivating cross-sector collaboration, we will contribute to advancing the wellbeing of mothers, preventing child abuse, and creating more inclusive workplaces.

With this project, WIT is participating in @GlobalGiving’s #InternationalWomensWeek! All the donations up to $50 received on GlobalGiving from March 8 to 12 will be matched 50%! 

Please visit our project page for details: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mothers-in-japan/

Please consider supporting gender equity and get matched now!

With gratitude,

Mio

Asuiku meal service under COVID-19 crisis
Asuiku meal service under COVID-19 crisis

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Cross-Border Learning Journey in 2019
Cross-Border Learning Journey in 2019

Happy Belated New Year!  We wish you are off to a healthy, safe, and spirited start to the new year. Thank you very much for your continuing support for our cause.
 
What we have experienced since last year under the pandemic is telling us all that we need to work harder to better society and lead across boundaries to make a difference. At WIT, we reassured ourselves of the importance of our work to cultivate leaders who collaborate across boundaries to impact tomorrow.
 
In 2020, WIT published a book on nonprofit governance and leadership, a translation of Governance as Leadership, the first of its kind in Japan. We shifted all of our programs to virtual ones including cross-border leadership training programs and nonprofit board & governance workshops. 
We also invested in building our organizational capacity to launch a new program called Board Fellow Program in 2021. We welcomed a new board member, Erika Ogawa, and team members. To articulate our story and transition at the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, we are in the process of changing our organization name and website as well. We are fortunate to be able to go through such positive changes under the global crisis.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to many people and institutions who worked with and supported us including:
Our diverse constituencies who responded to our interviews and surveys for the program evaluations and organizational changes, Eiji PressService GrantThe U.S.-Japan CouncilTOMODACHI InitiativeMIT SOLVERecruit Management SolutionsCommunity Based EconomyWorld Summit AwardBrightOne, our advisors and consultants, Shain, board, and team members. 
 
In 2021, we keep striving to cultivate leaders, organizations, and communities that co-create across boundaries to better society to embody a world where we all work together to better the world, regardless of where we are from.
 
- Upcoming - 

  • Board Fellow Program will launch in summer 2021! We will start recruiting corporate and individual participants who want to explore and practice collaborative governance for social impact with mission-driven organizations. (This year's program will be run in Japanese.)
  • We are looking for volunteers and interns. Please contact us if you know someone who's interested in. (Remote position. English and/or Japanese proficiency is required.) 

Look forward to seeing you in person near in the future!

With gratitude,
Mio Yamamoto and WIT team

Leadership program with the TOMODACHI Initiative
Leadership program with the TOMODACHI Initiative
Book publishing event with Eiji Press
Book publishing event with Eiji Press
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