Generations Together

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Since my arrival in Japan in January I’ve wanted to do an Intergenerational Dialogue here.  It finally happened last month.  On a beautiful Sunday in the middle of November, nearly 70 people gathered in a lovely building on the Tokyo University campus for the first intergenerational dialogue here.  The youngest was just a month old […]

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Always Remember to Host the Whole!

fuji

Like a trip down a water slide, the Art of Hosting at Kiyosato, Japan began and then, quickly, was complete.  Whew! Our second one this year.  This time the hosting team from outside Japan was Toke Moeller from Denmark, Susan Virnig, Bob Wing and Bob Stilger from the US, along with Annie Virnig from the […]

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Global Summit of Future Centers

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They came from all around the world.  Fifty from Japan, twenty from Israel, Denmark, the Netherlands, UK, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan.  An amazing production across culture.  They came to the lovely space of Fuji-Xerox’s Knowledge Dynamics Initiative (KDI) which organized and hosted the summit with support from The Future Centers Association.  Low […]

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White Ships and Future Centers

Society

Over 150 years ago Admiral Perry’s Black Ship came to Japan and demanded that she open her doors to the world.  Ten years ago the White Ship set sail to unleash creativity in Japan and the world! Today I had the wonderful experience of being hosted by the Future Center of Tokio Marine & Nichido […]

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Social Innovation in Japan

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I am back in the beauty of Japan.  Last week I worked with a group of 40 business leaders on social innovation.  We met in the autumn beauty of Nasu, a rural area north of Tokyo.  Those who came are the original members of the Future Center initiative from Fuji Xerox’s KDI — Knowledge Management […]

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So How Do We Measure Quality of Life????

I’ve kept a copy of some pages of the International Herald Tribune from my visit to Japan a couple of months ago. The article, on May 16, 2010, was titled: Challenging the king of economic statistics. The article described the sacred cow of GDP, I’ll just quote a bit of it: High-G.D.P. Man has a […]

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Unleashing Leadership and Inspiring Innovation and Creativity in Japan

atwork

Once again I am awake in the middle of the Japanese night.  Head and heart buzzing from yesterday’s work.  I was invited to join KDI — Knowledge Management Initiative in Tokyo for a afternoon workshop with participants in their new Future Center.  KDI was started 10 years ago to work with knowledge creation and realationships […]

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Open Spaces Project in Southern Africa

I’ve had the chance to come to Southern Africa a couple of times a year for the last decade to work with wonderful people.  My work has been as part of The Berkana Institute and our efforts to create the Berkana Exchange as a translocal network of people and places building healthy and resilient communities.  […]

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Tadaima!

That’s what is said in Japan when one returns home.  “I’m back, I’ve been out in the world and I am back.”  ただいま. And that is exactly how I felt this past weekend will leading a workshop in Japan.  This blog is both a bit about my personal journey and my amazing week in Japan. My […]

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