U.S.-Japan Innovators Project Symposium: Improvisation, Creativity, Collaboration: Fueling Innovation in the 21st Century

June 1, 2007
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Centennial Event
Thursday, May 24
6 pm

What can jazz and “right brain” qualities like empathy and playfulness teach us about improvisation, collaboration and innovation? In today’s competitive world, premiums are being placed on people with the ability to reframe problems, improvise and incorporate joy into their work. This event brings together multidisciplinary leaders–from business, and the arts, as well as social entrepreneurs–from Japan and the U.S., who participated in a series of retreats as part of the U.S.-Japan Innovators Project, for a provocative exploration in conversation and music on the themes of collaboration, joy and creative problem-solving in the 21st century. Followed by a reception.

To learn more about the U.S.-Japan Innovators Project, please visit http://innovators.japansociety.org.

Participants include:
Marty Ashby*
, producer of four GRAMMY® Award-winning albums, and Executive Producer of MCG Jazz, a social enterprise supporting the programs of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG), a minority-directed nonprofit arts and learning organization.

* With Satoshi Takeishi on drums & Noriko Ueda on bass.

Daniel H. Pink**, author of the acclaimed bestsellers A Whole New Mind and Free Agent Nation, is a Contributing Editor at Wired and has written on work, business and politics for the The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and other media.

** Via high-speed video link from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Hiroshi Tasaka, Professor at Tama University and President of Thinktank SophiaBank, has authored over 40 books on the philosophy of working, management theory, business strategy, the Internet revolution and knowledge society, as well as paradigm shifts in human society.

Alan Webber, Founding Editor of Fast Company Magazine, writes and speaks about the evolving global economy, as well as the changing social and political climate.

Keith Yamashita, Chairman of change and innovation firm Stone Yamashita Partners (SYP), has worked with the likes of Apple, eBay, Gap, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Old Navy, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, PBS, The Coca-Cola Company, Target and Yahoo!.

$10/ $8 Japan Society members/$5 students.  Purchase tickets online below, or call the Box Office at (212) 715-1258.


  • Friday, June 1, 2007
  • 12:00 am