Sustainable Recovery in Haiti Panel

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Road to the Future Photo Exhibit

A visual journey through the impact of the earthquakes that hit Haiti in January 2010 and Japan on March 2011, the joint response and sustainable recovery efforts. (more...)

Journey of the X

Bicycle ride from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, New York and Boston. Bringing together the TEDx communities on these cities and raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of innovation and collaboration. (more...)

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Summer internship with Relief 2.0

I'm not going to make it sound fine and dandy because truth is, it's not. I've never one a more difficult internship than this, yet nothing is more exciting and empowering.

You're left to completely run the show, make important decisions, and also get on your knees to scrub the floor. It wasn't pretty yet I realised that's how the world is.

Fukuoka Day 6


It is the final day of Social Business Forum Asia 2012 and the social businesses are presenting for the audience. 

Singapore's 17 year old social entrepreneur Kim Min Seok also presented his social business Novoglobal.

2 Interns from Relief 2.0 mission -- Fukuoka also volunteered at the flooded areas in Kyushu 

You can read about XinMin's experience at: 

Day 2: Sunday, 22nd july 2012

The second day was every bit as memorable as the first day, because it was the day that my friend and I headed down with Eden and his friends to do relief work at the flooded areas in Kyushuu. We had to take the train down early in the morning, and had to wake up at 5am. This was the equivalent of 4am in Singapore, and it was a milestone since I have not woken up so early before.

Internship Day 1: Fukuoka

When I was on the flight heading towards Shanghai, the destination of my stopover before hopping onto another flight to Fukuoka, it all felt so surreal. Having only ended another hectic internship the day before, I did not have any time at all to rest, other than the flight times. I thus did not have enough mental preparation for this upcoming internship, and it all felt like a dream.


One of the fascinating things about this internship is how the following 12 hours would always be unexpected. At times, this could mean a lack of planning, but in this instance, the flexible nature of the internship allowed us to go ahead and create our own plans.

Kyushu Flood Relief Efforts (Yabake, Oita Prefecture)

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The internship so far has been pretty memorable. We started out with plans for two art exhibitions in Fukuoka and Tokyo, but somehow found ourselves racing for supplies in the middle of the night on 19th July after we made a spontaneous decision to head up to Yabake in Oita prefecture to help with the flood relief efforts.

Fukuoka Day 5:

This is the official day of SBFA 2012 - Fukuoka.

The day started with a few keynote speakers sharing great social businesses.

①Yunus & Youth Social Business Design Contest 2012 (Student contest) 


  July 21st (Saturday) 14:00~17:00 (Doors open:13:30~)


②SBFA 2012Social Business Project Presentation

July 22nd (Sunday) 10:00~12:30 (Doors open:09:30~)


This was a busy day for all the participants as there are many interesting workshops and presentations. 


Fukuoka Day 4:

Social Business Forum Asia 2012 (Day 1)

This social business forum starts off with a networking dinner with Prof Yunus.

Prof Yunus shared his thoughts about the impotance of social business in Fukuoka, and the mayor of Fukuoka came and gave a speech.

I was amazed by the pretty location overlooking the river and the sea. This event was held at Hilton in Fukuoka and the location was beautiful. 

However, one thing caught my attention was the large Malaysia delegates that came to the event. 

Markets of Hope as a Virtual Global Corporation

A special aspect of Markets of Hope which has not being discussed/disclosed yet is that our second phase focuses on becoming a Virtual Global Corporation coordinating our participating remote communities and producers into a more complex production chain so that together they can create products of higher added value, generate more revenue and strengths for each participant. For example, to have products designed in Japan, with materials from Uganda, manufactured in Haiti.

Fukuoka Day 3:

Prof. Yunus Opens Event

Day 3 is getting rather exciting. 3 of the interns left at 5am on a long train ride to the disaster area to volunteer for disaster Relief in the flooded areas in Kyushu where more than 250,000 families are ordered to evacuate.

Meanwhile in Grameen House Fukuoka, Prof Yunus arrived and opened the event officially today. "Keep up the good work" Commented the Nobel laurette for Peace as he walks around the exhibit and understands what the event, "Tohoku Road to the Future: March 2011 - March 2012" is about. 


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