Posts in the Resilient Japan Blog Category

World Cafe – Transition Towns in Japan: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #46 ~ March 13th

Posted by bobstilger on March 13, 2013

Okay, I have to begin this blog telling you about a new methodology we’ve just developed in Japan.  We call it World Carfe.  Here’s the story.  We’re sitting at dinner in an onsen near Renshoan after a day of talking about how we might bring some of the learning from Transition Towns in Japan in […] Read full post

Getting to a new WE: Beyond the Categories– Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #45 ~ March 7th

Posted by bobstilger on March 7, 2013

I didn’t expect to be writing so soon again, but there’s a story that needs to be told.  Today I was at a forum organized by ETIC and the Learning Institute at Fuji Xerox.  The forum brought together a cross-section of 50 or so people from business and the nonprofit sector to talk with each […] Read full post

Old Normal?? – Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #44 ~ March 6th

Posted by bobstilger on March 6, 2013

I’ve been back in Japan for a couple of weeks, supporting our new Tohoku Futures Network.  It’s been nearly three months since my last report.  Time spent resting, thinking, and working to see next steps.  This year some of what I need to do is sensing some of the underlying patterns, trends and guideposts which […] Read full post

The Kamaishi Miracle– Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #43 ~ December 10th

Posted by bobstilger on December 9, 2012

You’ll find a lot of references if you Google “The Kamaishi Miracle,” so I’ll keep this really short.  It’s just an important story to remember. Kamaishi is a costal town in Iwate Prefecture.  The most northern province affected by last year’s triple disaster.  Fewer school children died there than in other coastal towns. Why? The […] Read full post

Hospicing Stories of Fear, Midwiving Stories of Possibility — Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #42 ~ December 9th

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Dear Friends, Earlier this week I was invited to have dinner with Peach Heart’s founders.  A year ago five young women created Peach Heart because they felt young women in Fukushima needed support in speaking their truths to each other.  There’s so much uncertainty for young women and so hard to share either grief or […] Read full post

Nurturing Innovation — Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #41 ~ December 2nd

Posted by bobstilger on December 2, 2012

Dear Friends, I’m on my way home to Kyoto for a brief visit before returning for a for five final days of work in Fukushima.  Deep learning continues for me and for all of us as we discover how to support communities in Tohoku in creating a new future. We’ve found the person who will […] Read full post

Between Stories –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #40 ~ November 24th

Posted by bobstilger on November 24, 2012

I’ve spent the last few days in Iwate Province, the most rural and most northern of the three provinces devastated last year on March 11th.  I’ve been in to coastal communities — Yamada Town and Otsuchi.  Each had a population of around 20,000 before 3.11.  Both were partially destroyed — fishing industry, agriculture, commerce and […] Read full post

Decontaminating Minamisoma: A Community Co-Cleaning Itself –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #39 ~ November 16th

Posted by bobstilger on November 16, 2012

Dear Friends, I spent yesterday in the new FutureCenter in Minamisoma, a community 25km south of the reactors in Fukushima that had a population of 70,000 before 3.11.  The FutureCenter is in a former small corner convenience store, started earlier this year by Toda-san who knew the community needed some place to talk about the […] Read full post

Fukushima: A Community Creates Its Future –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #38 ~ November 13th

Posted by bobstilger on November 13, 2012

This past weekend I was one of 350 people at the Fukushima Kaigi in Fukushima City.  I was amazed.  It was a weekend long Community Congress, people from Fukushima as well as other parts of Japan who came together to honestly discuss the current situation and figure out what to do next.  I don’t think […] Read full post

Fukushima: When The Past Is Gone, The Future MUST Be Created –Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #37 ~ October 3rd

Posted by bobstilger on October 2, 2012

My attention continues to be drawn to Fukushima. In many ways, Fukushima is invisible, just like the radiation which descended on it on March 11th.  In Japan, my experience has been that people’s eyes just slide over it.  As horrific as the destruction is in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures which were devastated by the tsunami, […] Read full post