Showing posts from April, 2007

Another top 10 list

I recently read this top 10 list from a small business group that focuses on getting people moving in growing their own companies. I thought most of these were also useful for people in the nonprofit community.
Here is the nonprofit version of 10 effective ways to grow your business – newly titled 10 effective ways to develop your community organization:

1. Accomplish needs then wants
Know how many of your working hours are actually moving you towards your goals. Often we get caught up in unnecessary things like requests to distribute info for another group or do some thing that seems very important to one particular board member. Staff can get burned out by spending much time on things that are not really related to the objectives of their project – sus out how to stream line extras

2. Kiss – keep it simple stupid
As an org grows it can be easy to get caught up in activities that are quite peripheral to your work. Keep focused on the mission and your objectives.

3. Take control over the d…

DAJ podcast

I recently interviewed Peter from TELL - Tokyo English Life Line
for the DAJ's new podcast. Have a listen:

Oh yeah and don't forget to join the run on May 5
- I will be the MC so come by and say hello!

ACCJ talk on nonprofits and CSR - Top-ten list

On April 20, 2007 I went to a breakfast meeting coordinated by the ACCJ CSR committee. The presenter was the founder and chief person behind the organization Room to Read, who introduced his top-ten list for nonprofits and CSR

Below is the list with some of my own comments:
1. Have an ambitious goal
* Good point - we need to challenge our selves to aim high and encourage others to see that things can change
2. Short-term fix vs. long-term solutions
* while it is still necessary to provide emergency assistance – more and more nonprofit NGOs realize we need to have long term plans to deal with on-going problems
3. Community co-investment
* Stakeholders need to be directly involved in program development
4. Strong local teams
* We need to develop local leadership so we are no longer necessary
5. Intense focus on results
* Measurement can be both qualitative and quantitative but outcomes need to be concrete; should not conflict with #2
6. Nonprofit NGO CSR message
* use the trend here in Japan to get …

Global campaign for education - making it local

Here is another interesting and easy to join global campaign -
the global campaign for education - here is the action site:

and on this site you can find out about the ratings given to countries on their investment in education - hence children and the future. Japan, the US and Italy all got D's. ... check it out.

Campaign note from ACE on the work they are trying to do to get more participation in japan before 4/26 ....








okay this has nothing to do with Japan - but worth viewing:
- any one can get their message out if they are creative.

Another meeting trying to bring the left together

Went to a meeting filled with interesting people last night - many doing similar or related work. Many trying to bridge the gaps between Japanese and non-Japanese activists. Hopefully we will get something together in terms of centralising events and program listing and then maybe later address the issue of how to get more articles and info without the conservative slant to people that want to be more active.

We talked a bit about indy media and tokyo progressive - time for me to do my homework...

あなたの声もグローバルな市民のメディアネットワークに~ Know, change, be the media! Add your voice to the global network of citizen-level media...
☆投稿する: To post: /newswire/index.php?functionfil tered=publish

☆カレンダーでイベントをしらせする To add an event to the radicalendar: /group/index.php?view=&group =imcjapan

Freedom of speech case

A fellow SIPA grad is currently being sued by a huge company about something he supposedly said in an interview.
Get more information
here in English
on his blog in Japanese
in Japanese (translation) and French (original)

To raise money for his defense fund
there will be a party this Sunday April 22 from 8pm.

I have heard good things about the bands but more importantly - it is probably just a good chance to find out more about what is going on and what freedom of speech really means here in Japan.

Find out more and take a stand.

Japanese Community event site listings

Many of you ask me about this all the time so here you are
- Below is a partial listing of online sites to get information on events going on in Tokyo and all over Japan (if you want an English listing, click here)

・NPO/NGO Walker (メルマガもある)
日本ジャーナリスト会議(JCJ)市民運動掲示板 (メルマガもある)

Human rights photo exhibit

Went to an opening last night of photos related to al lthe rights listing in the UDHR (universal declaration for human rights) it was very interesting and really worth seeing. the only thing was - most people were important embasssy and MoFA staffers - a few NGO people - wish there had been more.

Definitely worth a visit - here - more unhcr event info - here.

I had to say hello to sadako ogata - i think she is just great and very inspiring. I did not want to trouble her - so many people were waiting just for meishi kokan - but i thought it was more meaningful to just tell here thank you for your hard work you are truly inspiring to all women.

Tsuda International Training Center

Happy to annnouce that i will be working in a new training program - this time aimed at people who want to work in international organizations not just NGOs.

Yes - i probably did not ask for enough money - but hey we need to get the program off the ground first. Get more info on the courses ... here.

we will have an opne house/setsumei kai on the evening of Th April 26 ... meet the faculty and see the course materials. should be fun.

Still need to work out the fact that - No i can not teach in Japanese - and the course materials are high level English.

Getting behind on the issues

someone asked me last week --- so did the Japanese change article 9?

i was surprised - i did not know what was going on. i have done a bit a research and was happy to say no it had not changed without our noticing. there is so much to see and pay attention to and to study to get a better understanding ... just have to keep it all perspective.

can not do it all or feel guilty about what we missed.