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Stuff in the ‘Japan’ Category


Nuclear Disasters Keep on Giving

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 26, 2015

I sit here at my keyboard feeling both broken-hearted and still angry tonight. Hide Enomoto and I have been co-hosting a learning journey to Fukushima with 24 people, all Japanese except for one American (well two, including me). We visited Itatemura, a small village that began 2011 with a population of about 6,000 people. It Read full post


Resilient Japan #57: New Stories for a New Japan

Posted by Bob Stilger on December 18, 2014

Just Back from Japan… I’m back in Spokane, my final trip to Japan this year complete.  Much to share! There are ongoing challenges in the disaster area.  Outside Fukushima, there’s tremendous pressure to return to the old normal — in spite of the fact that the old  normal was not working out very well.  Inside Read full post


Japan’s Edges: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #56 – June 1, 2014

Posted by Bob Stilger on July 10, 2014

I’ve just spent 8 out of the last 10 days in Future Sessions with people from all over Japan — Fukushima, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shikoku, Kyushu.  It’s been an amazing time.  I want to share some of the stories and learning that are brewing in me.  I feel like I am following bread crumbs.  This is Read full post


Learning Resilience: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #54, March 14th

Posted by Bob Stilger on March 14, 2014

  I had very interesting night on March 7th! I was asked to speak at TEDxTokyo Teachers on Learning Resilience.  The presentation, itself, was a practice of resilience.  I was going to share when I spoke anyway (and the video later), but decided to share the whole episode. An evening of resilience… There were about Read full post


Fukushima – Happiness at the Center: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #53 – March 2nd

Posted by Bob Stilger on March 2, 2014

A thoughtful weekend… I’ve just returned from a weekend in Fukushima. I was with a small group of social activists. We all knew each other.  We came together to talk about what’s important now, as we prepare for the work of the next  20 or 30 years.  It was a special space.  Quiet, reflective.  We began by spending Read full post


1009 Days Since Disaster: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #51 – December 13, 2013

Posted by Bob Stilger on December 13, 2013

I’ve been back in Japan for almost two weeks.  My last trip of the year.  Most of my work this time is learning and planning.  There’s always so much learning to do. Today I’ve been in Fukushima, at the Big Palette, a convention center.  Entering the space was hard on my heart.  I first heard Read full post


Ending 2013: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #50 – December 7th

Posted by Bob Stilger on December 6, 2013

I didn’t realize until I wrote the date in this blog that today is the anniversary.  Just a year ago I arrived in Minamisoma with several other colleagues just after the largest earthquake since 3.11 had struck 100 miles off the coast.  We waited, uncertain, not knowing if the nuclear power plant 25 miles away Read full post


Otsuchi Flowers Rebuild Community: Bob Stilger’s Notes from Japan #47 ~ March 15th

Posted by Bob Stilger on March 15, 2013

It takes about 7 hours to get to Otsuchi in Iwate Province to the north of Toky-. Four hours by high speed train, two hours by low-speed train, and about an hour by car. We went there yesterday for a FutureSession. Otsuchi is a costal town that had a population of about 17,000 before 3.11.11. Read full post


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

Posted by Bob Stilger 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 Bob Stilger 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

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