情報管理2016年10月号に「第4次産業革命と上手に付き合う方法 」というタイトルの書評を寄稿しました

アマゾン時代の同僚で、つぶやき進化論の翻訳でも大変お世話になった敏腕編集者、石井節子さんからご依頼を頂き、迫り来るシンギュラリティの前哨戦であるプレシングラリティの時代に上手に生きていくかを考えるというテーマで、三冊違う切り口の書籍を選書させて頂きました。

もっとコアなシンギュラリティや脳科学、ITの進化といった分野の本も多数ありますが、先ずは大きな時代の流れを理解し、その上で組織や人材の育成をどう考えるかという切り口で、文系的な「付き合い方」を考えてみました。

どれも良い本なので、気になる方はお手にとってみてください!

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情報管理2016年10月号

 

「スマホリテラシーのすすめ」ワークショップ資料公開!

Global Moms Network (GMN)  にご招待いただき、小学校高学年生と中学生に向けたデジタルリテラシーのワークショップの講師/ファシリテーターを務めさせていただきました。

息子の学校でも4年生からコンピューターのクラスはありましたが、運転免許のように、スマホを持ってるからといって使い方の教習所はないし、学校でもイベント的な形以外では現在教えられているトピックではない。しかし、子供達は中学になると突然自由にスマホを持ち出し、LINEなどで仲間外れが横行したり、トラブルに巻き込まれる事件も頻発しているという現在。

そんな状況下で、私の今までの20年のネット業界の経験と、もうすぐデジタルコミュニケーションの荒波に入っていく子供達を持つ母親という立場と、FutureEdu Tokyo での 21世紀教育啓蒙活動を行っているということで、今日のワークショップ企画をご一緒させていただくことになりました。

6月に参加したISTEでもデジタル市民教育という授業が各学校で真剣に取り組まれており、情報交換も積極的にされていることに刺激を受け、この夏色々と調査をしてまとめたのがこちらの資料です。

教習所のように、事故を想起させるビデオを見せて危機意識を煽るという手法もあるのでしょうが、今回は基本に立ち返ることを念頭に、いかにトラブルに巻き込まれそうになったとしても、未然に防ぐ行動を子供達が自ら取れるのかということを念頭に、コミュニケーション、セキュリティ、権利と責任の3項目を中心にワークショップを実施しました。

2時間いただいた枠を使う勇気がなく、1時間とお伝えしていたにも関わらず、いざワークをはじめてみると、お子さん達も積極的に話し合う光景もあり、自分ごととして捉えていただくためのワーク時間をとった結果、100分で今回の内容をカバーしました。それでも道半ばなところもあり、それぞれの3項目を1〜2回のセッションでカバーするくらいじっくり子供達と向き合えると理想的だなぁと感じた午後でした。

久しぶりに晴れた午後の日に、休憩もせず、このトピックで100分つきあってくださったGMNのキッズ達の集中力は素晴らしかったです!後半に狩野さんからも子供達に人の多様性や今後の多様性社会での対応とスマホリテラシーの関係についてもお話頂きました。さすが、引き込まれる語り口で、とても勉強になりました!

この資料が、デジタル教育でお悩みの方に少しでもお役に立てば幸いです!

最後に、本企画をご提案頂きアドバイス頂きました、GMNの狩野 みきさんと、お招き頂きました竹村 真紀子さんに感謝です!

日進月歩で変わっていくデジタルの世界ですが、知識をきちんと持ちながら、愛と共感の心を忘れずに、顔の見えないコミュニケーションでも自分らしさを発揮し、安心して活用できる子供達が増えることが大切です。そのためにも、親と話が弾む年齢から徐々に子供達をデジタルの世界に慣らしてあげて、少しずつ失敗もしながら親子でリテラシーを身につける、そんな時代がきていると改めて感じた今日でした。

Interview with The Girls on the Road Project

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with Taci and Fernanda

This is one of those days when I thank the existence of social media and technology.  I got introduced to Taci and Fernanda, the two founders of the Girls on the Road, who are traveling around the world to build the most diverse source of female founder video interview library with hope of providing better access to role models and inspiration for girls!

OK, it is easy to talk about it but leaving your work, raising money, and doing this extraordinary projects for greater good for women and our world is just amazing!  I cannot wait for the day when the video library gets published!

Ladies in Singapore and Malaysia, they are on their ways!

Check out this video to learn a bit more about the goal of this project!

女性起業家のロールモデルの世界規模ビデオアーカイブを作るために、北米、アジア、アフリカ、ヨーロッパの取材旅行をされている the Girls on the Road のTaci さんとFernnanda さんにお目にかかりました。女性がより起業を身近な存在として捉えるにはあまりにもロールモデルがいないということを危惧したお二人が、会社をやめて、資金調達をし、世界中の女性起業家にインタビューするという壮大なプロジェクト!

思ってもなかなか出来ないことを行動に移されているお二人。自分ごとをみんなのために役立つプロジェクトにというピュアな気持ちと実行力に脱帽の出会いでした。微力ですがインタビューに参加という形でご協力させていただけて嬉しかったです!

ご興味あるかたは、こちらの Youtube ビデオをごらんください!

https://youtu.be/e_lgR1KpqM0

Unreasonable Labs Japan 全国7都市説明会が無事終了!

ULJ Tokyo Info Session
東京説明会にて

http://picovi.co/KRjp2y

昨年度は東京のみでの開催だったため、今年は全国の方にもこのチャンスを!との思いで始まった全国説明会ツアー。8月の福岡を皮切りに、3週間で全国7都市をチームで訪れるという Unreasonable なプランでしたが、なんとかチームの皆さんの協力で無事終了することができました!

各地域でご賛同いただいた皆様のご協力で、100名を超える皆様に、今回のプログラムについて知って頂くことができました。今回趣旨にご賛同頂いた皆様に少しでも恩返しが出来るよう、チーム全員で良いラボを作っていければと思います!

社会起業という形態は、本当は未来には無くなるべきだと思っています。全ての企業が、事業の成長の根幹に、福祉サービスだけでは解決されない様々な社会課題を解決するKPIを財務的なKPIとは別に持つことが必須になる世の中になれば、世界中の会社があたりまえにみなさん社会企業=社会と真の共存共栄を目指す事業体となるわけですよね。

まだその日までは時間がかかると思いますが、今年のラボを通じて、そんなマインドの方々の成長を支援できることを楽しみにしております。

情報のシェアなど大感謝です!

Unreasonable Labs Japan 公式サイト: http://bit.ly/ULJ2016

応募はこちら! https://www.f6s.com/unreasonablelabsjapan/apply

9月25日のGlobal Moms Networkにて、狩野みきさんと共同セミナーを開催します

GMN マンスリー
「超一流の自信思考」、「世界のエリートが学んできた 「自分で考える力」の授業など、数々の「考えるひと」を育てる著書や、子供達向けのクリティカルシンキングワークショップを主宰されている、素敵大実力派ママ、狩野みきさんと共同でセミナー/ワークショップを9/25に開催させていただく事になりました。
 
6月にアメリカの ISTE カンファレンスに出席した際にも、Digital Chitizenship という、デジタル社会に取り囲まれる子供達が、良識をもって立派に使いこなせるようになるための教育が徹底していて、日本はまだまだだなぁと感じていたところ、お誘いをいただき大変感謝しております。
 
小学校の6年生くらいから、中学生にかけてのお子様をお持ちの親子の内容となりますが、ご興味がある方は覗いてみてくださいませ!
 
http://global-moms.iwcj.org/parenting/20160925.html

TEDxRoppongi and STEAM

TEDxRoppongi_Emi_Takemura

After months of sweat, anxiety, excitement, and collaboration, just finished delivering my first TEDx talk on “getting girls to be STEAMbitious”.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, and I wanted to share my idea to the world that encouraging girls to be immersed to STEAM education is crucial to  improve social status of women in Japan.

Japan is ranked 101 out of 145 countries in gender equality according to World Economic Forum’s report in 2015.  And women on a whole are missing the wave of technology, as only 1 in 5 students in Science and Technology fields are women and similar ratio goes for people working in the industry.  Meanwhile, there is a statistics that people in STEM fields tend to earn 33% more than those who are not in the STEM fields.

It was my hope in the TEDxRoppongi talk that more and more parents start encouraging girls in Japan to enjoy STEM related plays and activities by infusing more arts into the discipline, hence STEAM.

It was very encouraging to meet many attendees after the talk that they share similar concerns.  I know that this is only one small step, but I hope that I was able to ignite a few people’s hearts on importance, and we can join forces to encourage more girls into the fields of the future.

I do not mean to ignore the importance of language, history, music, and other disciplines.  But given the fact that everything we touch will be infused with technology, if we wish improved gender equality, we need to have more representation of women in the fields of the future.

Thank you TEDxRoppongi team on an amazing opportunity, and I not only learned so much by preparing for this talk but also enjoyed getting to know amazing people who are all trying to push envelopes for better future.

Meeting with Ben Nelson, Founder of Minerva Project

Photo with Ben Nelson

FutureEdu Tokyo team had a pleasure to meet with Ben Nelson, CEO and Founder of Minerva Project, together with Hideki Yamamoto, the Japan Ambassador of Minerva Project, and Or Segal, Sophomore student at Minerva Schools at KGI.

Ben is a successful tech entrepreneur, who previously served as a CEO of Snapfhish, an online photo service, which was later acquired by HP. And since 2012, Ben has followed his passion to reinvent higher education and started Minerva project, which operates Minerva Schools at KGI, a residency based 4 year traveling university with very diverse mix of student body.  78 % students come from outside of the US, which is quite the opposite of the elite universities in the US.

Minerva School Demographic Mix

Source:  Minerva Schools at KGI

For example, Harvard University only has 11% of its students from overseas.

Harvard Admitted Student Profile

source:  Harvard University website

There are so many unique things about how Minerva Schools, and I became a huge fan of Ben’s vision that we can reinvigorate Roman ideals of what university is truly about by starting from scratch (without legacy) with a group of super smart people and harnessing the power of technology.

Besides his big vision and diversity of the student population, other things I was immensely impressed were:

  • Nurture global leaders by seeing the world and studying with students from diverse nationalities and background:  Even though many top universities boast diverse student body, as seen on Harvard’s example above, Ben claims that the international students were added to the mix for the majority (i.e. American students), rather than the school positioned as a place for global talents.  One thing people notice quickly when traveling to the US is that the majority of Americans are domestic focused, rather than internationally minded.  Given ever more global nature of our world with more interconnected issues, their models of having smart, truly diverse mix of students studying in various countries can be one answer to more peaceful world.
  • Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts to rewire kids in the first year:  The Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the school, Stephen Kosslyn, is a 30+year veteran at Harvard university and once was the Dean of Social Science at Harvard Unvierstiy.  He and the team have identified over 100 traits that are important to master in order to to the succeed and become leaders is 21st century.  In the first academic year, all the students are required to take 4 cornerstone courses to get their skill sets to equal footing.  It is a very structured curriculum, not Chinese menu!

4 Corner Stone Courses are:

Empirical Analyses focuses on thinking creatively. You acquire the ability to use the scientific method to frame problems, test hypotheses and engage in informed conjecture.

Formal Analyses focuses on thinking critically. You get deep training in advanced logic, rational thought, statistics, computational thinking, and formal systems.

Multimodal Communications focuses on communicating effectively. You learn effective reading and writing at a very high level, visual communication, public speaking, roles of art and music in communication.

source:  Minerva Schools at KGI website

  • Real Online Project Based Learning, not MOOCs:  Ben stressed the importance of Minerva’s online courses being very different from MOOCs, which tend to have very low completion rate of around 10%.  The key differences between them in my my understanding are: 1) Minerva has its own proprietary software which empowers professors to promote student participation and give real-time feedback vs their performance criteria.  The software creates heatmap, so that there is no dominant speakers, and everyone gets heard, 2) it caps students under 20 per project room, which helps everyone to participate (vs. 100+ students in normal university seminars), and 3) you learn online, but as a resident program, you work with peers offline.  With these 3 combined, students can benefit from more improved learning style with technology, while retaining the value of working closely with others offline.

We do not yet have an English translation, but for Japanese speakers, please have a look at the interview blog to see what we have learned from the conversation with Ben.

3rd Day at ISTE | ISTE 参加三日目雑感

(Japanese follows English)

3rd Day at ISTE conference, run by , International Society for Technology in Education (a.k.a., ISTE). It’s been inspiring to meet so many educators who share the same vision of how transformational vision and mission will change education, rather than relying on technology to change education. Technologies are great enablers of visions and strategies set out by educators that interact with kids on daily basis, but without this belief, we may fall in trap of not having an aligned strategy and execution plans. The great thing about this conference is that, there have been lots of practical seminars, roundtables, and discussion on how to incorporate myriad of educational methods or tools in order to deliver more engaging and effective learning experiences to kids.
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Japan’s First “Most Likely to Succeed Film Screenings” finished!

On June 7 and 18th, we hosted Japan’s first Most Likely to Succeed film screenings.  Despite slow start, we ended up having many people requesting for wait list tickets!  With 130 parents, educators, and students, we had vibrant conversation around #21stCenturyEducatoin.

MLTS nishiazabu discussion

For event report in Japanese and English, have a look at FutureEdu Tokyo blog.

We are inspired and may host another screening or events around 21st century education in Tokyo this fall.  If interested to be notified, please sign up on newsletter from FutureEdu Tokyo blog (form found at the bottom of the page) !

 

What is Future Citizens?

There is a long list of things that I care about in life, but there is nothing more important than education for our Future Citizens (i.e. children).  Education has tremendous amount of influence on who we become and how we operate.  And yet, many of us grew up without even knowing options, as the paths were clearly defined by the system and families.

I started focusing on 21st century education, as it is a critical time that we collectively need to take more active roles in thinking about how we can best prepare our future citizens.

Via this blog and my work at Future Citizens, I would like to share my learnings, current projects, and thoughts.

Look forward to connecting with likeminded people who deeply care about the future of our kids on Planet Earth!