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The Future Explored by Social Innovation

2015-10-18 (Sun) 13:00 - 16:30

The Inamori Foundation Endowed Chair of the Osaka School of International Public Policy at Osaka University, in cooperation with Stanford University's Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), is holding a symposium entitled "The Future Explored by Social Innovation." Practitioners, researchers, those related to administration, and students who are interested in social innovation are cordially welcome to attend.

In recent years, social innovation aiming to solve social challenges while facilitating reform and mergers of existing systems and fields has drawn people's attention. Private sectors, governments, non-profit organizations, and universities create new social value in collaboration by making use of individual characteristics to solve various social challenges regarding medical care, environment protection, education, and poverty reduction, and this value is important in considering the future of the world and Japan.

The integration of society and intelligence is an important role that is asked of universities. At Osaka University, as part of research and education activity at the Osaka School of International Public Policy and funded by the Inamori Foundation, the endowed chair entitled "P​​​u​​​b​​​l​​​i​​​c​​​ ​​​E​​​t​​​h​​​i​​​c​s​​​ and​​​ ​​​Social Innovation" started in April 2012. The program aims to cultivate leaders who will lead social reform and create a better society.

This symposium has invited Kim Meredith, Director of PACS, which has led academic development of social innovation and the integration of theory and practice since its publication of the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2003, which has been called the textbook of social innovation. She will speak about the historical development of social innovation and its future outlook, as well as examples of practice in the U.S.

This symposium will also have a panel discussion with specialists who are making efforts to develop an ecosystem for facilitating social innovation in Japan and practitioners in various fields who are involved in advanced approaches.

Venue: Sigma Hall, International Bldg., School of Engineering Science, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University


How to Apply

Attendance to this seminar is free, but registration prior to the seminar is required.
Please send (1) your name, (2) your affiliation, (3) your contact information (phone number or email address), and (4) whether or not you will be attending the social gathering in an email entitled "social innovation・symposium" to osipp-inamorikoza1018[at] (Please replace [at] with @ when contacting this address.)
Please note that we will not reply to your application email.

Sponsored by: Inamori Foundation Endowed Chair, Osaka University Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP); Stanford University's Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS)

In cooperation with: Osaka University Global Collaboration Center, Program for Education and Research on Science and Technology in Public Sphere (STiPS Osaka University Kyoto University Collaborative Program)


Keynote speech: Kim Meredith (Executive Director, Stanford PACS)
Simultaneous interpretation services available.

Panel discussion

Part 1: "The History and Current Situation of Social Innovation in Japan" (temporary title)
Moderator: INOUE Hideyuki (Special Visiting Associate Professor, Keio University; Co- representative, INNO-Lab International)


  • UO Masataka (Director, Japan Fundraising Association)
  • SASAKI Kensuke (Manager, Incuvation Businee Department, Enterpreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC))

Other panelists will also participate in the discussion.

Part 2: "Introduction of Social Innovation Players and Future Outlooks" (temporary title)
Moderator: HOSHINO Toshiya (Executive Vice President, Osaka University)

  • OKUDA Haruhisa (Department of Brand Communication, Panasonic Corporation)
  • MATSUSHIMA Yuka (Vice Representative, Co-founder, Cross Fields)
  • NAKAMURA Toshihiro (Founder, CEO, Kopernik, Visiting Associate Professor, Osaka University Osaka School of International Public Policy)

After the symposium, a reception will be held with panelists in attendance.

Date: 2015-10-18 (Sun) 13:00 - 16:30
Registration: Registration by email is required.

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