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This afternoon I was given the opportunity to run workshop at Sophia University during their All Sophian’s Festival. I was asked to do something like “Davos.. in Tokyo” series (more like the special lecture at KMD on March 1).

ASF1Yesterday, I tried to select the topic and after some trial & error, I decided on the  Clash.  This is the topic of St Gallen Symposium held on May 7-9 and was relevant to the topics we discussed at East Asia Forum in Manila.

So I prepared slides and questions I wanted the participants to brainstorm.  I was asked to run the session in English and I followed their instructions.  It seemed those who were there had little difficulty following me.  (I heard right before the session that no mention of English for my session was made. So it was a big surprise.)

ASF2Because of the nature of the topic, brainstorming was mainly done in Japanese.  After about 30-40 minutes of breakout discussion, we managed to have report-back from each group.

Few things recommended for solutions to resolve the issue of  “clash”.1) Communication and 2) Exposure to outside world.  I completely agree and we need to develop more specific ideas/actions and implement them. Monday is a good day to start!

I also liked the fact that one of the groups said that there is “no clash”,rather there is too much”peace.”  When we consider “clash” as a step toward creative destruction leading to innovation, no “clash” is a problem. and almost more worrisome.  Something for all of us to think about.

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    • Asahi
    • May 25th, 2014

    The lecture made me reconsider “Clash”
    What I just wanted to say is that I was really surprised at your clear clear clear English.
    You didnt use even any difficult word at all. but I could grasp the concept of the lecture!
    Im gonna watch your videos or book.
    I really appreciate you today. Thank you.

    • yishikura
    • May 27th, 2014

    Hi Asahi san, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thank you for your kind words. I think the best speech/presentation is something that anybody can follow. No difficult words, but simple message and interesting story. I am not quite there, but I am trying. So join me! You can do it.

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