On Sunday, February 17, 2019, Third Space Tokyo (TST) co-hosted a #meetup with Social Innovation Japan (SIJ). Despite losing one of our speakers at the last minute to influenza, more than the expected number of people joined and we had an energetic and inspiring afternoon.
We were happy to discover that for some participants, a #meetup wasn't enough. They are hungry for opportunities to tackle real problems on cross-functional teams. Take note Tokyo-based organizations! These people have skills and are eager to contribute. On this afternoon, the themes that people were most eager to discuss included the environment, education, flexible work arrangements (especially for working mothers), community, diversity, technology, healthcare, and CSR (corporate social responsibility).
As part of the event, Third Space Tokyo's co-founder, Kenji Hosokawa, made a presentation about Social Venture Partners, a venture philanthropy organization that started in the United States. Kenji is a partner in SVP Tokyo and a board member of SVP International. He was hoping to dig deep into the pros and cons of different collaboration models, but learned that a #meetup format probably is not the best way to do this. He's grateful for the attention that he was given during his presentation, and he hopes that anyone wishing to discuss further about the financial and collaborative sides of social issue problem-solving will get in touch.
Social Innovation Japan aims to build "Japan's largest and most diverse platform of change-makers." On this day, we could feel the value of this bold mission. First we have to meet one another; then we can collaborate. At Third Space Tokyo, we are very much looking forward to working with Mariko, Robin, and Keiko of Social Innovation Japan again. Now that we've confirmed some social innovation energy through a #meetup, we are eager to satisfy hunger for problem-solving experiences with a #socialhack. Stay tuned! - Lisa