join our quest to enable the businesses of Tohoku to re-open and kickstart the local economy

Team Work Universal Humanity Interview with surviving business owner... Kanyama... Noboyuki, surviving dentist who lost his wife... Noboyuki, re-opens, honoring his wife... Musical hope... Relief 2.0 in action... Bringing certainty to an uncertain future...

Sustainable Recovery in Haiti Panel

Join a select group of key stakeholders this Saturday Jan 12 on the third anniversary of the earthquake as we look back and forward to the future. A joint effort of Relief 2.0, Stanford University and ESIH. (more...)

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...)

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.

Relief@Yabakei

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.

Opening of "Tohoku: Road to the Future" Art Exhibition in Fab Cafe Tokyo

TOKYO, Japan, July 25th, 2012 -- Relief 2.0, an organic movement that brings efficient disaster response and sustainable disaster recovery, has come to Japan to promote recovery efforts in Tohoku, as well as in response to the recent floods in Kyushu. Launched in Fukuoka and opened by Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Yunus on July 19th, this international art exhibit will be in Tokyo for one day only on July 28th. 

Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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. 

Fukuoka Day 2:

The day started really slowly, everyone worked really hard the day before and slept in. The mission was to get to GCL at 9am to open at 10am, however, we left base after 10am. However, the team could split up pretty well, everyone working independently and by about noon, the show was up and ready.

Leon and Eden came by in the afternoon to check out the exhibit and help in a little final adjustments. The whole exhibit area is much better now and we have some visitors already.

The New Tasks Now:

Fukuoka Day 1

 

Day started well, brought the supplies to the airport and Vietnam Airlines allows me to carry 50kg of Medicine and Food to Fukuoka for Relief Work. I had called in advance and the manager was very responsive and we managed to get things through without any issues. I would like to thank Ben Teo from Vietnam Airlines to be so responsive and understanding. 

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