Giles Hutchins is a pioneering practitioner and senior adviser at the fore-front of the [r]evolution in organizational and leadership consciousness and developmental approaches that enhance personal, organizational and systemic agility and vitality. He is author and co-author of several leadership and organizational development papers, and the books The Nature of Business (2012), The Illusion of Separation (2014), Future Fit (2016) and Regenerative Leadership (2019). Chair of The Future Fit Leadership Academy and Founder of Leadership Immersions, co-founder of Biomimicry for Creative Innovation and Regenerators, he runs a 60 acre leadership centre at Springwood Farm, an area of outstanding natural beauty near London, UK. Previously held corporate roles - Head of Practice for KPMG, and Global Head of Sustainability for Atos (150,000 employees, over 40 countries). He provides coaching at individual and organisational levels for those seeking to transform their personal and/or work lives. He is also a keynote speaker on the future of business.
Rolando Vázquez is Associate Professor of Sociology at University College Roosevelt and Cluster Chair at the University College Utrecht, both at the University of Utrecht. He is author of "Vistas of Modernity: Decolonial aesthesis and the End of the Contemporary" (Mondriaan Fund 2020). Together with Walter Mignolo he founded and co-directs since 2010 the annual Middelburg Decolonial Summer School now located at the Van Abbemuseum for the last eleven Years. He co-authored the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam in 2016 under the direction of Gloria Wekker. Through his work he seeks to decolonize cultural and educational institutions beyond the dominant frameworks of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and coloniality. His research on the question of precedence and relational temporalities seeks to overcome the western critique of modernity and contribute to the ongoing efforts to decolonize knowledge, aesthetics and subjectivity.
Shinohara Masatake was born in 1975 in Kanagawa Prefecture. Currently, he is associate professor at Kyoto University, with a primary focus on contemporary philosophy, environmental humanities, architecture, and art. In 2016, he served as co-curator of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Born in Kanagawa, 1989. Lives and works between Tokyo and Berlin. Nile Koetting is known for his installation with a diverse range of media to include video, performance, and sound. His projects explore a new perception of interchange between material – immaterial, living – nonliving beings in a landscape of technological time and space. Koetting’s work has been exhibited internationally such as Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020); Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum, Shanghai (2019); Kunstverein Göttingen (2019); Somerset House, London (2018); 7th Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2017); Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (2017); Fondation Hermès, Maison Hermès, Tokyo (2016); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2016); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin (2016).https://nileshaw.org/
Masatoshi Funabashi, PhD.Founder & President, Synecoculture AssociationResearcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. （Sony CSLHaving studied biology and mathematical science to master's level at the University of Tokyo, Masatoshi Funabashi went on to obtain a PhD in Physics at the École polytechnique in Paris. He is a licensed veterinarian. Since 2010 he has been at Sony CSL researching a field that sits at the intersection of sustainability, health and the natural world. He advocates “Synecoculture™,” a method of open-field agriculture that mutually enhances biodiversity and productivity based on the multi-functionality of ecosystems. His main initiative has been a pilot project for the proof of concept in Japan and Sub-Saharan Africa. He also founded the Synecoculture Association in 2018 and is now extending the boundaries of Synecoculture to ”Augmented Ecosystems” for the sustainability of both human society and Anthropocene ecosystems.
Born in 1946, at Daishobo Inn in Dewa Sanzan, Haguro-area Yamagata, Japan. In 1971 he succeeded as the 13th generation of Daishobo Inn. In 2007, he served as the Matsu no Hijiri of the Fuyu no Mine ascetic practices, the highest training of Dewa Sanzan. He is a director of the Dewa Sanzan Shrine Board and a director of the NPO Koueki no Furusato Tsukuri Tsuruoka. He has led more than 1,000 practitioners and has been pursuing the revival of Yamabushi (Mountain Priest) throughout Japan. He also interacts with people overseas. In order to make the most of the wisdom of the mountain priests, he has been giving talks on how to live called "Haguro Yamabushi's street preaching" throughout Japan.He is the author of "Live as You Feel" and "The Answer is in Your Feelings".
Takashi Iba is a Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management and the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University. He received a Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University. He is the president of CreativeShift Lab Inc., which provides materials for utilizing pattern languages and services to support creating new pattern languages. Alongside, he is a board member of The Hillside Group, which promotes the use of patterns and pattern languages and also sponsors several conferences and publications on pattern languages, and a board member of MITSUKARU+WAKARU, a general incorporated association for generative learning in everyday life.
Dr. Iba focuses on creation and proposed Creative Systems Theory and the Principles of Deep Creation, based on autopoietic systems theory, phenomenology, pragmatism, and Eastern philosophy. He envisions “Creative Society” as the next society after the current Information Society, and contributes to practical research that supports “Natural and Creative Living,” where each person exhibits creativity on a daily basis.
Born by the Lake Biwa (otsu, Shiga Pref.)in 1943. Emeritus professor of Kyoto University.
He has studied the early life history of fishes for 40 years, finding the early phase of juveniles aggregate near-shore coastal areas. He also recognized the boundary areas are enriched by terrestrial forest ecosystems as well as highly vulnerable to human activities. Based on these backgrounds he proposed a newly integrated studies on the linkage among forest, sato (human habitation) and sea which covers from the headwater to the ocean called as “H to O Studies”.
After the massive earthquake and tsunami which occurred on 11 March 2011 along the coast of northern Pacific Ocean of Japan he organized a volunteer research team and has conducted comprehensive researches on the effect of the earthquake and tsunami on coastal marine ecosystem in order to restore local communities under collaboration of H to O Studies and NPO movement catch-copied by“The sea is longing for the forest”
Tomoko Sauvage is a Japanese musician and artist who is best known for her long-time sound experimentations on her unique instrument using water, ceramics and subaquatic microphones. Her research is grounded on live-performance-based practice incorporating elementary and unstable materials, ritualistic yet playful gestures, the improvisation with environments and the use of chance as a compositional method. Sauvage’s performances have been presented internationally including Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, V&A Museum (London), Roskilde Festival, Centre Pompidou Metz and Nyege Nyege Festival (Uganda). Her installation piece has recently been exhibited at Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE) and Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris). Her third solo album Fischgeist was recorded in a water tank in Berlin and published by bohemian drips in 2020. She lives and works in Paris since 2003. https://o-o-o-o.org
Lukas Ley is a social anthropologist teaching at the Institute of Anthropology, Heidelberg University. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2017. He is a member of the DFG funded research network ‘Infrastructure and the remaking of Asia through adapting, orchestrating and cooperating.' He also works as assistant editor for Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale. In 2019, he co-founded urban anthropology networks within the European Association of Social Anthropologists and the German Association for Social and Cultural Anthropology. His current research is broadly concerned with urban marginalization, temporality, and the material environment within post-colonial urban landscapes. His first monograph entitled “Building on Borrowed Time” (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press) considers the temporalities of tidal flooding in Semarang, Indonesia, and will appear in 2020.
With an interest in how the universe was born, Kosuke studied elementary particle physics in college. Since 2018, he starts a career as a poet and artist. He produces poetic artworks with innovative expressions such as “Fureru Uta,” “Chikyu, Kono Kodokuna Seimei Exhibit,” and “Kodou Tokei” with time as its theme and starts his project “pray with kodou.” A common theme of his works is awe of life. The audience becomes a part of the art in his works. https://instagram.com/kosuke.matsushima/
Through his long career in coaching, he was aware of hidden anxieties that lurk within human beings. After the repeated experiences of intuitively immersing himself in the forest, he gained the insight that this anxiety comes from the delusion created by humans themselves that they are disconnected from the logic of life. Since then, he has been guiding people to remember the fundamental senses that all beings are connected to each other. He has resonated deeply with the book Regenerative Leadership and works together with Ecological Memes. He is also a practitioner of Shugendo that has been practised in Japan for over 1400 years.
Artist, Give Space Founder, NION co-founder
Moved to Berlin in 2013. Naho experiments all facets of our ordinary urban life and makes her life a piece of art.In recent years, she has been to South Africa to search for an emerging role of “Human Animal” on Earth. She found it and now is creating a new urban design methodology called “Give Space” in order to play the role and practice in a beyond-anthropocentric way. She has lately released a teaser of her short essay-documentary film, “Journey to Lioness,” a story which conveys the message of Give Space. She is also co-founder of NION Haus Neukölln, a community neighborhood design project in Berlin.
After majoring in astrophysics in graduate school, She worked as a systems engineer for a major IT vendor in Japan. After that, her awareness of her own health issues led her to focus on the relationship between physical and mental health, and she began her research. She sees the whole human being as a single system and provides education and enlightenment about physicality and physiology for better living according to the needs of each individual and company. Also, she has deepened her academic and clinical research in a wide range of fields from alternative medicine to modern medicine, and is exploring a new view of health - "Health 3.0".
Co-founder of DYCLE - Diaper Cycle, in Berlin Germany. Originally, a conceptual artist, exploring the human role in energy and material cycles, through participatory art interventions, during the last 10 years. After carrying out soil projects in Europe and Asia, she mastered the production of Terra Preta soil substrate, whilst understanding that parents are highly interested in reducing the huge amounts of diaper waste. Diaper Cycle is a system for these parents, by offering 100% compostable diaper inlays, which after use, are transformed into healthy soil, ready to plant fruit trees.
Born in 1977 in Shizuoka, Japan. He began researching the world's calendars by himself, and in 2007, he invented "HELIO COMPASS” which allows us to grasp(the) time on a global scale. He is a researcher in many fields including astronomy, agriculture, and education and a member of the Japanese Calendar Society and the Japan Association for Calendars and Culture Promotion.
Kanako Uchino is the first Japanese crew member of the traditional voyaging canoe, Hokule’a. She joined numerous voyages including the historical voyage from Hawai’i to Japan. She studied oceanography at University of Hawaii graduate school and engaged in research at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on anthropogenic impacts on coral reel ecology.
Yumi Komori is the designer of a brand of plant-dyed lingerie called "Liv:ra" and is exploring her own self-expression. She also runs a practical laboratory "TSUNAGU" for essential social change that happens from the transformation of the individual mind. Following the intuitive inspiration that comes from a sense of happiness, she works in many fields, including product design, system design, lectures and talks, with a focus on ethical fashion.
Opening & Reflective Time (19 March)
Taishi Hatayama was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1992. Hatayama completed a MFA in painting at Tama Art University in 2017. Hatayama explores the idea of the unseen “atmosphere” and “presence” that we feel in places of nature, and attempts to turn these physical sensations into concrete visuals. His works represent an intangible world, guided by what he calls “primordial perception”, a form of sensory perception our physical bodies are inherently equipped with. In 2014, Hatayama received both the Outstanding Performance Award and the special jury prize (Kohei Nawa Award) at the inaugural CAF ART AWARD for his signature white-toned paintings. The artist’s practice incorporates a range of motifs including the idea of umwelt, or the world as experienced by particular organisms, in relation to various natural phenomena; networks formed by plants and diverse bio life; and a new form of nature in the contemporary era that incorporates digitality and AI.
Philip has always explored the edge. His passion for the future and the potential of humanity to use its resources and capacities toward a generative planetary civilization have driven him to expand his experience across the spectrum of culture creators: educators, artists, activists, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He provides visionary leaders with frameworks that allow them to test their initiatives for coherence and completeness, and he works with them to create operating metaphors and narratives to inspire and enroll their teams. Through speaking engagements, workshops, team trainings, and executive advisory he supports leaders in increasing their own and their teams’ capacity to innovate. He lives and works internationally, writes a blog on a individual development, culture and future, and continues to support a growing community of future-ready leaders.
Reflective Time[18 March]
Nahum’s oeuvre goes deep into the human experience by challenging our perceptions through unusual perspectives. Navigating between the real and the imaginary, his work produces events that reframe the way we understand the world. He often employs outer space technologies, illusionism, hypnosis and music to guide audiences into otherworldly journeys to raise critical dialogues about the politics of existence. Nahum’s multidisciplinary work orchestrates a wide range of media including performance, installation, video, music, drawing and storytelling. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is an Adjunct Faculty member at the International Space University where he lectures about art and creativity in space activities. He has developed cultural and artistic projects with ESA, NASA, Roscosmos and SpaceX.
Tokushu Inamura is a Designer/Engineer, Assistant Professor of Design Strategy at the Faculty of Design and Center for Designed Futures of Kyushu University. He holds a double Masters degree in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Current research focuses on Post Human Centered Design and Circular Design. These research interests became a point of connection, becoming the inaugural speaker of Ecological Memes. He engages in teaching international transdisciplinary teams to become strategic and holistic designers. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in the US, Switzerland and the UK, he currently resides in Fukuoka City Japan.
Reflective Time[20 March]
Born in 1959. He graduated from Keio University Faculty of Engineering and Saitama University Graduate School (Economics). He participated as a founding researcher of Human Renaissance Research Institute, and has been engaged in the future study utilizing the prediction theory "SINIC" envisioned by the founders of OMRON. He is aiming for "Do tank", imaging the interaction between human and technology with the concepts of "automatic", "autonomy" and "nature". And scoping the prospects of "play", "learn","work" and "beauty", exploring the signs in a field of living. "Térra-koya" is one of the activitis for the kids as future creater. His co-authors include "Sweden-People Living in an Autonomous Society" (Waseda University Press) ,"Frontier of Scandinavian Studies" (Minerva Shobo).
Reflective Time[18th March]
President, KIKAI institute for coral reef sciences/Senior Lecture, Department of Science in Hokkaido University Tsuyoshi Watanabe started in coral research in Hokkaido University with BS in 1994 and a MS in 1996. He graduated with a PhD in environmental earth science in 1999 and continued to study on the coral reefs and earth environmental sciences in Australia, France, Germany and US. He established KIKAI institute for coral reef sciences since 2014 and is organizing a lot of field excursions inside and outside of Japan, with his friends and students (https://kikaireefs-english.org)
Closing Plenary[21 March]
As Editor-in-Chief of WIRED JAPAN, a media organization which prototypes futures, worked on: WIRED WEB MEDIA／WIRED SZ MEMBERSHIP／WIRED MAGAZINE ISSUES (the latest issue being VOL. 40 "FOOD: re-generative")／WIRED CONFERENCES／WIRED Sci-Fi PROTOTYPING LAB／WIRED SPECULATIVE ZONE. Before joining WIRED JAPAN in 2018, was Editor-in-Chief of the Editorial Department of NHK Publishing. Translator of "Novacene" (James Lovelock). Born in Tokyo and lives in Kamakura.
Closing Plenary[21 March]
Shuhei Tashiro is a social entrepreneur and an aspiring anthropologist. His current graduate research at Heidelberg University focuses on materialist anthropology and transcultural history of thought. He also co-directs Ecological Memes, a Japan-based community of regenerators. As co-founder of Sustainable Ocean Alliance Japan, he has coordinated various projects and campaigns to advance the agenda of ocean sustainability. His passions include writing articles and stories on a range of topics such as activism, culture, and philosophy.
Ecosystemic catalyst and intrapreneurship enabler. Founder of Ecological Memes. Partner at strategic design firm BIOTOPE. After engaged in empowerment for social entrepreneurs at impact HUB Tokyo, he supports corporates create visions and new business towards a circular and regenerative future. Specialized in equipping individuals and groups with tools to unleash creativity, he creates regenerative flow and conditions for emergence and catalyzes transformation at individual, organizational and eco-systemic level, by combining his expertise in co-creative facilitation, vision design, change management and authentic leadership. His work navigates one’s journey reconnecting to sense of life, wholeness, and rhythm of nature, and enable organizations and its eco-system to revitalize as living systems.