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.
|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
|13:30-15:00||TOPOS 1: Alternative Society|
|15:00-16:20||TOPOS 2: Alternative Ways of Living|
|16:35-18:00||TOPOS 3: Alternative Companies|
|18:00-18:30||Summary: Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University|
※Speakers may be changed without notice
Daito Bunka University, Tokyo
Professor, Faculty of Sociology
Kobe University, Kobe
Supporting Association for Student Council Activity JAPAN, Tokyo
Women Help Women, Tokyo
|Margrét Pála Ólafsdóttir||
School Principal; Founder and CEO
Hjallastefnan ehf., Reykjavik / Iceland
POLA Orbis Holdings Inc., Tokyo
Group Research and Regulatory Affairs
Digital Minister, Taiwan
Senior Executive Vice President
and Chief Technical Officer, Director
Social Activist and Politician
Co-founder of The Alternative, political party, Denmark
(Live Video Message)
Computer Scientist, USA
McGill University, Montréal/Canada
John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies (Strategy and Organization)
Tama University Graduate School
TOPOS Conference Planning Committee
FRI Economic Research Center