We change the world ~We Shift, World Shift ~ Global social innovator speech
The Social Platform Shaping a New Society

Host: City Planning Bureau, City of Osaka  Operator: innovate!osaka

The aim for this project is to build business plans to change the world through seminars by speakers engaged in innovative activities and workshops* aided by mentors such as experienced entrepreneurs, which is designed for young people with strong will to change the world and to make a difference in the world embracing the ideals “We Shift, World Shift” to solve the social problems via the business.

We will support you with the ideas as follows!
“I want to solve development subject in the developing countries via the business”
“We want to solve the common social problems in the developed countries through the business!”

For the second seminar of W-SHIFT project, a lecture will be given by Emmy Suzuki Harris, campaigns director of the world’s largest petition platform Japan which provides more than 40 million users from 196 countries in the world with the service.

*Apply for Global Social Innovator Training Programme.

Date and time

6:00pm -8:00pm, Friday, September 20, 2013
(Reception desk opens at 5:30pm.)


18:00 to 18:05  Greeting
Masaaki Yoshikawa
Director General of Urban Planning Bureau, the City of Osaka

18:05 to 20:00  Lecture
” The Social Platform Shaping a New Society”
Emmy Suzuki Harris,
20:00 to 21:00  Networking session

Emmy Suzuki Harris,
Grown up in Japan until finishing high school. Graduating from Yale University, gained experience at McKinsey & Company and in the Obama campaign. Joined the startup of “Purpose”, a social incubator company and contributed to growth of its service. Appointed to campaigns director of Japan


Seminar: Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH)
Networking session: Global Venture Habitat Osaka (GVH Osaka)
GVH Osaka is located next to OIH.
Address: 7th Floor, Grand Front Osaka Tower-C
3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka
The detailed access

Participation fee

Seminar: free
Networking session: JPY1,000-

※Please make a payment at reception.


・Students or younger members of the society aspiring to becoming social entrepreneur (intrapreneur)
・Having strong will to change the world and be active internationally by solving social challenges through business

Number of Participants

Seminar: 20 (first-come basis)
Exchange Meeting: those who are interested out of seminar participants (Advanced reservations required)


Pictures and movies filmed during this whole event will be used for sending information, and reports in the media are also anticipated. Please understand and realize that your image can be included in articles, footage and so forth. All the participants are considered to have agreed on this matter in advance.


Innovate!osaka office
TEL: 06-6359-3004 (Mon.-Fri. 10:00-20:30 *Except for public holidays and new-year-holidays)
Inquiry form

*This project is operated by innovate!osaka which is organized by Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, SunBridge Global Ventures Inc., Urban Innovation Institute and Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center, under entrustment by Osaka City.

Application deadline

6:00pm, Wednesday, September 18, 2013