Our work could not be possible without the support of an extensive network of partners, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who spontaneously provide the resources, contacts, facilities, logistics and information required for each of our actions. Contact us or donate on-line if you want to be part or support our initiatives.
A partner in field missions to Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, coordinated by their Executive Director Lori Henderson. The Chamber members, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, have also provided cash and resources donated in their entirety to the Shotengai (business district or community) in Ishinomaki.
For our communication needs in the field, we use MiFi 3G wireless Internet connection and wireless network devices provided by Global Cellular in Japan and XCom Global Devices in USA. The MiFi's allow us to be on-line on the road (while moving on a vehicle) and anywhere with mobile phone coverage, setting up an automatic wireless network for up to 5 team members and enabling us to access the Internet, use e-mail, send pictures and videos and make phone calls and video conferences via Skype.
They have been used during missions to Ishinomaki and Sendai in Miyagi prefecture and to Kamaishi and Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture. In the spirit of open cooperation we have shared them and made them available to two separate teams making documentary films in Fukushima prefecture: Mark Tchelistcheff from Open Films; Ed M Koziarski and Junko Kajino from Uncanny Terrain.
We are joining and collaborating with the Women Helping Women initiative for Tohoku survivors by the Global Summit of Women. The actions and goals of the Women Helping Women initiative include clothing, financial and medical and mental health support for the survivors as well as the promotion of women leadership and entrepreneurship through a long term commitment and plan to be announced in the month of July.
We collaborate on the promotion of social business as a sustainable development model.
The Grameen Creative Lab at Kyushu hosted and co-organized our TEDxEarthquake9.0 event in April 2011 with over 27 speakers from the private, public, academic and civic sectors, international organizations and local stakeholders. One week later, we also collaborated on a hands-on workshop on social business strategies for disaster recovery.
Thanks to our collaboration we achieve local stakeholders engagement and collaborate on the formulation of a multi-stakeholder long term social development and innovation strategy. Board member Todd Porter joined our second mission to Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan and has been instrumental in contacting and engaging key stakeholders in Tokyo for a long term strategy. Impact Foundation Japan has also set up a Relief 2.0 bank account for accepting contributions and financial support for the Relief 2.0 activities in Japan.
We worked together on our first field mission to Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan and raise funds through their organization for our Relief 2.0 initiatives in Japan using the Give.sg donation service from Singapore.
NUS Entrepreneurship Centre incubated the Relief 2.0 model for 9 months with Carlos Miranda Levy as social entrepreneur in residence at the Centre. It provides support in the promotion of business models and social entrepreneurship for disaster recovery. With the Centre we helped organize TEDxKRP and a number of workshops in Singapore on the Relief 2.0 model. The Centre also served and supported our initial mission to Japan.
Famed Hollywood actor Vin Diesel, founder of One Race Global Film Foundation, collaborated directly and pledged the support that made our 12 Missions to Haiti a success, covering transportation costs and the purchase of medical supplies and thousands of Baby Formula for the orphanages.
We collaborate with the Lab on the use of persuasive technologies, social media and social networks for effective disaster response and recovery models. The Lab hosted our initial Relief 2.0 at Haiti at Stanford conference and an additional workshop later that year.
A leading collaborative and open innovation space in Shirokanedai, serves as our local base of operation at the heart of Tokyo.