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12th TOPOS Conference

Towards Greater Social Inclusion and Happiness
Championing an Alternative Creative Society

According to a survey conducted by the Future Center Alliance Japan (FCAJ), 76% of respondents stated that they are "not satisfied with Japanese society", and those that answered they were "satisfied" totaled only 1.7%.

This rising dissatisfaction with society cannot be completely ascribed to popular movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, and more recently Brexit and #MeToo. In recent years, there have been many instances where the necessity of "alternatives" in reforming, improving, and revolutionizing society have been expressed. In general, these movements seem self-generating and are thought of as symptoms of the complex and ever-changing times in which we live.

As Bill Gates predicted, banks as we know them today, are not necessary, and bitcoin and blockchain serve as a global alternative. Furthermore, alternatives of various kinds are emerging in politics, education, medical care, welfare and energy among other social systems. At first glance it may seem like this is thanks to the new possibilities afforded by digital technology, but we should also understand these trends as part of a process of objections to or friction against existing systems and norms.

We often take "alternative" as meaning "different from what currently exists", and until now it has been expressed as anti-, post- or minority-based. However, the alternative can also be a driving force to promote revision and evolution, while exercising mutual influence, rather than hostility or conflict.

This direction has already been demonstrated. Indeed, many of the alternatives being born are aimed at creating and strengthening democratic and mutually creative societies and communities, rather than economic prosperity, and are therefore innovative.

As alternative paradigms increase, change and progress will accelerate, and greater diversity and open-mindedness will be realized.

This is the hypothesis raised at the 12th w3i TOPOS Conference. In this installment, beginning with crosstalk between w3i Founder Professor Ikujiro Nonaka, and Professor Tadao Kagono of Kobe University, sparked by a message from Professor Henry Mintzberg of McGill University, the dynamism of a society where many alternatives are created will be discussed.

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The 12th Topos Conference has ended. Our thanks to all the attendees and participants.

Event Information

Date/Time Thursday, May 31, 2018, 13:20-20:30 (Doors open 12:20)
Venue Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 49th Floor, Academy Hills
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,Tokyo [MAP] Phone: 03-6406-6649
Host Host: w3i (World Wise Web Initiative)
Sponsors: TKC Corporation, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company,
Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc., Future Center Alliance Japan
Supported by: Fujitsu Research Institute (FRI)
Attendance 20,000JPY (tax included)
Languages Japanese, English (simultaneous interpretation)


※The program may change

13:20-13:30 Program
13:30-15:00 TOPOS 1: Alternative Society
15:00-16:20 TOPOS 2: Alternative Ways of Living
16:20-16:35 Intermission
16:35-18:00 TOPOS 3: Alternative Companies
18:00-18:30 Summary: Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
18:30-20:30 Networking Session


※Speakers may be changed without notice

(Alphabetical order)

Yasuo Baba
Daito Bunka University, Tokyo
Professor, Faculty of Sociology
Tadao Kagono
Kobe University, Kobe
Professor Emeritus
Hiroyuki Kurimoto
Supporting Association for Student Council Activity JAPAN, Tokyo
Executive Director
Haruko Nishida
Women Help Women, Tokyo
Margrét Pála Ólafsdóttir
School Principal; Founder and CEO
Hjallastefnan ehf., Reykjavik / Iceland
Noriko Suenobu
POLA Orbis Holdings Inc., Tokyo
Group Research and Regulatory Affairs
Corporate Officer
Audrey Tang
Digital Minister, Taiwan
Yuzo Toda
FUJIFILM Corporation
Senior Executive Vice President
and Chief Technical Officer, Director
Uffe Elbæk
(Video Message)
Social Activist and Politician
Co-founder of The Alternative, political party, Denmark
Alan Kay
(Live Video Message)
Computer Scientist, USA
Henry Mintzberg
(Video Message)
McGill University, Montréal/Canada
John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies (Strategy and Organization)

Coordinators / Facilitators

Sayaka Tsuzuki
Noboru Konno
Tama University Graduate School
w3i Founder
Ikujiro Nonaka
野中 郁次郎
Hitotsubashi University
w3i Founder


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