[Event Information]
GSDM 19th Platform Seminar
“University Civic Engagement and Social Innovation”
15th July, 2014 10:00-18:00 (Seihoku Gallery, Yayoi Auditorium Annex, Hongo Campus *A venue replaced )



This workshop in the University of Tokyo aims at framing the concept of “civic engagement” in the Japanese context by sharing knowledge and practices of social innovation both in the U.S. and Japan in which university and citizen are involved. Researchers in Japan now combine research with social problem solving to respond to the requests of the society (university’s social responsibility), but civic engagement, or education through civic engagement, has not been well linked to the cycle of research and problem solving. In order to develop civic engagement in Japan, we should start from framing the concept of “civic engagement” and make people understand its meaning in university’s research, education and problem solving.

In the first part of the workshop, distinguished practitioners are invited to have keynote speeches about their practices and ideas of civic engagement and social innovation. In the second part, a smaller workshop will be organized to deeply discuss the concept of “civic engagement”, the role of civic engagement in social innovation and the role of university in civic engagement and social innovation. This deliberative workshop invites practitioners of civic engagement and/or social innovation, researchers concerned with the issues, and most importantly, students that will initiate or get involved in civic engagement.


Date : July 15th (Tue), 2014
Time : 10:00 – 18:00
Venue : Fukutake Learning Theater (Keynote Session)
Gallery 1 in Ito International Research Center (Workshop Session)
 at the University of Tokyo
Seihoku Gallery, Yayoi Auditorium Annex, Hongo Campus, the University of Tokyo *A venue replaced
Co-sponsor : TOMODACHI Initiative, i.school of the University of Tokyo
Language : English (No interpretation)
Capacity : 150 (Keynote Session) and 30 (Workshop Session)


* The programs are subject to (small) change

9:30 Doors open
10:00~10:10 Opening speech by Professor Hideyuki Horii (Executive Director of the University of Tokyo i.school)


Keynote Session 1 in Fukutake Learning Theater
Chair: Dr. Shunsaku Komatsuzaki (Assistant Professor, the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo)

※Keynote speech basically have 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.

10:10~10:55 Keynote Speech 1
“i.school’s perspective on civic engagement: The role of innovation education in social innovation and the case of i.club”
Hideyuki Horii and Yu Ogawa (Managing Director of i.club)
10:55~11:40 Keynote Speech 2
“The significance of civic engagement for US universities: the case of GWU”
Amy Cohen (Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at George Washington University)
11:40~13:00 Lunch Break

Keynote Session 2 in Fukutake Learning Theater
Chair: Prof. Hideyuki Horii

13:00~13:10 Opening Speech by Ms. Laura Abbot (Executive Director of TOMODACHI Initiative)
13:10~13:55 Keynote Speech 3 “Attempts of civic engagement practices in GSDM Program: The meaning of civic engagement in its global leadership education”
Professor Hideaki Shiroyama(Dean of the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo)
13:55~14:40 Keynote Speech 4
“The cases of social innovation through university civic engagement in Japan: Tsunami protection in Kamaishi and Reconstruction in Otsuchi”
Dr. Shunsaku Komatsuzaki
14:40~15:25 Keynote Speech 5
“The concept and the history of civic engagementMs. Susan E. Stroud (Executive Director of ICP)

*ICP: Innovations in Civic Participation

15:25~15:55 Coffee Break in the lobby


Workshop Session in Gallery 1 of Ito International Research Center
Chair: TBA

*In Workshop Session, participants will have small group discussions and
wider debates about civic engagement and social innovation.

16:00~18:00 Workshop Session
“The concept of “civic engagement”, its role in social innovation and the role of university in civic engagement”

[For inquiry]
TOMODACHI Seminar staff at i.school
E-mail: tomodachi@ip.civil.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Fax: 03-5841-0454