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Mapping the Future

Creating a Shared Vision for Social Contribution Networks and Long-Term Partnerships in Re-developing Tohoku


Date: 25-26 June, 2011

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

Location: United Nations University, Tokyo (5F Elizabeth Rose Hall)

Organizers: Tama University Research and Development

Co-Organizers: Third Responder Initiative, SoL Japan Education for Sustainability, UNU-ISP

Language: English and Japanese simultaneous interpretation

This combined conference and workshops will explore issues involved in creating a “Tohoku Renaissance.” It will provide an opportunity for attendees from the government, NPO, business and education sectors to help create the mental maps needed to coordinate the emergence of social contribution networks.

Attendees will hear from scientific experts and local community leaders, representatives from NPOs and the business sector and have the opportunity to participate in a networking café and discussions. Representatives from Google will describe how their mapping system can be used in visualizing the issues facing affected communities. In addition, the Google representatives will provide special hands-on workshops for selected attendees in the use of Google SketchUp on the afternoon of June 25th and all day on June 26th.

People interested in attending the Google workshops must be committed to train individuals working with the affected region in how to use this software. People who wish to attend the workshop on the 26th must participate in the activities held on the 25th.


Registration must be made by email by 23 June 2011. Registration will be confirmed through a reply email from Third Responders, who are coordinating the registration. The email must provided following information for each individual, who is planning to attend:

  • Full Name: (personal name family name)
  • Professional Status: (e.g. professor, researcher, volunteer, student, company employee, media, personnel)
  • Organizational Affiliation: (e.g. company, school or organization name )
  • Contact Information: E-mail address or telephone number
  • Selected Date(s) of attendence: (June 25th all day) or (June 25th and 26th all day)
    Note: in order to attend the workshop on the 26th you must participate in the activities held on the 25th.

Registration and Contact:
For queries regarding registration and program content please contact:
Third Responder Initiative


DAY1: Saturday, 25 June
9:30 - 10:30
Opening Remarks

Kazuhiko Takeuchi Vice-Rector, United Nations University; Director, Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture
Dr. Edward Jones  Tama University
Dr. Srikantha Herath Senior Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace

Introduction of the session themes

Dr. Tsutomu Kimura Former President of Tokyo Institute of Technology

In the Context of the Asian Tsunami in 2004

Dr. Srikantha Herath Senior Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace

Perspectives on Urban Rebuilding 

Dr. Hari Srinivas Kansai Gakuin University, Environment and Sustainability Development

Local Perspective on the Impact of the Tsunami on Kesennuma.

Mr. Katsumi Shirahata Superintendent of education, Kesennuma city

10:30 -11:20 Network Cafe

Dr. Edward and Mrs. Kyoko Jones open an audience discussion with a mental mapping exercise on how people’s perspectives create psychological borders, boundaries and barriers defining their sense of events and their abilities to cooperate.

11:20 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Panel Discussion

Dr. Tsutomu Kimura will lead a discussion involving the speakers, NPO and business representatives participants addressing issues raised in the café and what needs to be done to achieve a common vision.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:00 Mapping and Visualization  

Demonstration by Google representatives on how the use of mapping and SketchUp can provide a way of enabling schools and the general community to become involved in shaping redevelopment.

14:10 - 15:10 Afternoon Breakout Discussions and Workshop 

1.Integrating Redevelopment, the Natural Environment and Sustainability (Chair: Dr. Herath)
2.Redevelopment and Improving the Life of the Individual (Chair: Mr. Shirahata)
3.Redevelopment and Repopulation – preserving the community (Chair: Dr. Kimura)
4.Redevelopment, Building and Rebuilding – what sort of buildings and where? (Chair: Dr. Srinivas)
5.Recreating Essential Networks – physical, social and virtual (Chair: Dr. Jones)
6.Introductory Workshop on Google SketchUp

15:10 - 15:30 Break
15-30 - 16:30 Summation  

Then the panel will discuss how to integrate the proposals and comments into a set of recommendations and guidelines for collaboration and make concluding observations.

DAY2: Sunday, 26 June
10:00 - 16:00 Workshop on Google SketchUp