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...)

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami March 2011

Why Japan and Chile were right to refuse foreign assistance and why it is wrong to do so

First encounter with Dr. Nobouyuk in Ishinomaki

I have often been asked what do I think of the Japanese and Chilean governments refusal to accept foreign assistance after the 2011 and 2010 earthquakes that affected extended areas and disrupted the lives of thousands of people in both countries. Having lived in Chile and Japan and having spent significant time in the field as part of relief operations of disaster areas as disparate as Japan, Dominican Republic and Haiti, I can probably provide some light on this question from a very generic and global perspective and at the same time very practical one.

Colombian Embassy Donates 770,000 Yen to Relief 2.0

The Colombian Embassy donated to Relief 2.0 the proceeds raised during the Colombian Independence Day celebration at Hibiya Park, Tokyo, last July and other sources. The formal donation ceremony took place at a fund raising dinner and party organized by the residents of Oakwood Premiere Tokyo Midtwon, thanks to the courtesy of Amy Hanashiro.

Relief 2.0 Marketplace

Relief 2.0 Marketplace Logo

Relief 2.0 Marketplace is a global on-line store where survivors and businesses from disaster areas offer and sell their products and services to the world, creating opportunities for recovery with dignity, inclusion and the generation and distribution of wealth to reactivate their local economies.

Relief 2.0 Missions in Japan

This is a collection of reports, summaries and notes from our field missions in Japan.

Relief 2.0 Projects in Japan for August - December 2011

We are focusing our efforts in Japan in three main projects:

  • Relief 2.0 Marketplace.
  • The Sustainable Recovery in Tohoku Photo Book series.
  • Art Exhibit and Cultural Fair in Ishinomaki.

All three projects are defined as social business endeavors and are to be executed with a business-like approach, taking care to make them not just sustainable, but profitable so that their proceeds can be used to support the survivors and to fund additional initiatives and continuous operation.

Ishinomaki Manga Museum Art Exhibit and Miyagi Cultural Festival

A celebration of life, art, culture and entertainment to reactivate tourism and the economy of Miyagi Prefecture. Local tradition meets modern world, old and young generations together sharing a unique space of art exhibits, open market and live performances around Ishinomori Manga Museum at Ishinomaki’s Nakaze Island on the Old Kitakami river. Artists from Japan and the world will offer their creations for sale inside the museum while business owners, artisans and traders will offer their products on the open space around the museum to raise funds and to reactivate the local economy.

Standing strong again: Rebuilding the Fishing community of Kesennuma

Our friend Kaori Brand and United Nations University have shared this inspirational video of the role of business and community together in the sustainable recovery process of Japan.

Japanese Strength and Resilience: Mrs. Hideko Oikawa re-opens factory and employs disaster survivors

On Sunday July 10, a field team of Women Help Women and Relief 2.0 paid a visit to an amazing an inspiring woman, a testimony of the resilient and unbreakable spirit of the Japanese women and the Tohoku survivors. This is the story told by Ann Sado.

Oikawa Denim Y.K. is a truly amazing company with Mrs. Hideko Oikawa as the visionary, entrepreneurial CEO, having an indomitable spirit in times of hardship and crisis as the Tsunami-Earthquake that hit this mountainous coastal region of Motoyoshi-cho, about 1 hour south of Kesennuma city itself.

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