This September, TEDxOtemachiED will give people who care about learning an opportunity to spark discussion on the future of education, and share those ideas with the global community.

The event's theme is "Learning That Matters". TEDxOtemachiED features learners, educators, innovators from across disciplines who will speak to a variety of issues regarding Education - one of the most important, powerful systems of organized human life. We will explore ideas, ranging from personal strategies for lifelong pursuit of knowledge to curriculum and pedagogical innovation, from latest trends in Ed-tech to the next generations of learning space design, from Education for Sustainability to the question of envisioning graduates of the future. Faced with unforeseeable changes that the future brings, opportunities and crisis alike, it’s high time we ask: What are truly worth educating for?

HOW PEOPLE LEARN

When do infants begin to learn? How can adults sustain learning? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What about bilingual and multilingual individuals, are they better or worse in terms of learning capacity?

Exciting new research about the mind and the brain provides answers to these compelling questions, significantly adding to our understanding of what it means to know - from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb.

RETHINKING EDUCATION

If education is to help learners make sense of their surroundings and prepare them for the challenges of the technology-driven, interconnected world, then it must be based on what we know about learning from science and innovative, thoughtful organization of pedagogical methods. More than anything, education now needs to focus on learning that really matters.

GRADUATES OF THE FUTURE

Communities have always wrestled with the multiple purposes of education: for career development, for participatory citizenship; for nurturing ethical adults who can engage in reflective thinking; for the fulfillment of humanity’s potential or for the creation of a common experience in a pluralistic society, while meeting the needs of individuals.

As the world changes and grows more complex, returning to these important questions of purpose can help guide organizations and individuals alike in their growth and strategic change. To ensure our teaching & learning are effective at these purposes, we need to routinely re-imagine what the future requires us to know and be able to do.

LIVE SPEAKERS

Sae

Kitamura

Shakespearean, feminist, critic
Born in 1983 in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, she is a specialist in Shakespeare, feminist criticism, and history of theatre. She is currently Associate Professor at the Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Musashi University. Among her numerous publications are:『シェイクスピア劇を楽しんだ女性たち──近世の観劇と読書』 (白水社、2018)、『お砂糖とスパイスと爆発的な何か――不真面目な批評家によるフェミニスト批評入門』(書誌侃侃房、2019)

Kensaku

Yoshida

Linguist, poet, grandfather
A leading figure on English language teaching, bilingualism, and intercultural communication education. He is a member of various committees on foreign language education for MEXT and other organizations and is involved in research and other activities concerning the acquisition of communicative English skills by native Japanese speakers.

Mikiko

Endo

Architect, learning space designer

Endo gave birth to and raised her daughter while studying abroad in the Netherlands, and was inspired by the social affluence of the country's widespread, high-quality design in their public spaces. This inspiration led her to work on the spatial design of public cultural and educational facilities (such as preschools) as well as conduct workshops, all based on the idea of "making places where everyone from kids to grown-ups can cultivate their imagination.

Endo is currently working with international NGOs and local communities in Africa on a project to design and build health facilities for the low-income population. By involving local residents in the architectural process, the community has become stronger, and she is now working on developing design methods that promote independence and sustainable operability.

Hiroshi

Ono

Sociologist, happiness researcher
Hiroshi Ono (Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Chicago) is Professor of Human Resources Management at Hitotsubashi University Business School and Affiliated Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University. Hiroshi’s work focuses on the relationships among motivation, happiness, and productivity in the workplace. He is especially interested in demographic change and labor market dynamics in Japan, and the role of higher education in sorting individuals into higher status jobs. Hiroshi is a frequent contributor and commentator for Japanese and global news media, both print and broadcast. He is the author of Redistributing Happiness: How Social Policies Shape Life Satisfaction (with Kristen Schultz Lee, Praeger Publishing, 2016).

Miki

Sugimura

Comparative and international educationist, mother

How can we make a balance of powers among the various ethnic groups in a society? This was my question when I started my comparative education research in the 1980’s. This question has been still discussed in many countries. Rather it has come to be more complicated than before in the migration era. The issues on co-existence and Inclusion have been more focused while various conflicts among citizen and non-citizen. Moreover, a new concept of "global citizenship" through "equitable education" appeared in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). My Ted Talk focus on this topic from the view point of equality and equity.

Miki SUGIMURA is a professor of Comparative and International Education, Faculty of Human Sciences and Vice President for Global Academic Affairs at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from the University of Tokyo (M.Ed. and Ph.D.). She is a member of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, the President of Japan Comparative Education Society, a member of the grant Committee of Japan Foundation for United Nations University (UNU), a member of the advisory council of Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), a board member of United Nations Association of Japan and a councilor of Japan-China Friendship Center. She has been interested in international mobilities and the roles of education in diversified societies. Her current research topics are international education network and transnational higher education, and multicultural education in the era of migration. Her recent publications include Equity in Excellence (2019, co-author), New Perspectives on Internationalisation of Higher Education and the Role of Japanese Higher Education (2018), The Role of UNESCO in Cross-border Higher Education for International Student Mobility (2018), Cross-border Migration and the Nation-State: Transformation of Civil Society in the Post-Globalization World (2017, editor), Circulating Brains and the Challenge for Higher Education in Japan (2015, co-author), and Education Sustainable Development and Citizenship Education in the Multi-cultural Societies’ (2014, co-editor).

Koichi

Hasegawa

Technologist, RPA pioneer
Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 pushed Koichi to strive to help society become "genki". He started volunteering with his friends for disaster recovery and young people and handicap peoples' employment initiatives. However, having a strong background as Chief Information Officer in technology area, he was looking for bigger ways to contribute in revitalization of the society. That’s when he discovered a perfect fit, a new technology to automate manual processes and transform white-collar workers to digital professional. Koichi was convinced that this technology would revitalize society, which has employment engagement and productivity problems. Fast forwards 2.5 years later, his team of 300 colleagues is now supporting over 1,200 Japanese clients, speeding up the work style reform and digital transformation in Japan. In the same time Koichi continues to be dedicated in initiating educational projects that pave the way for next "RPA Native" generation and recurrent education.

Marie

Nishibu

Writer, columnist, public relations
Based in Tokyo, Marie is a freelance writer and PR professional. Prior to becoming freelance, she worked in sales and PR at an advertising agency. As a writer, she writes about a variety of topics, including business topics like HR and marketing, as well as social issues relating to gender and diversity. She specializes in interviews, and a common thread running through her articles is the message that each of us can choose how we want to live our life. On Nikkei Doors, she currently writes two series: What Is Gender? and Becoming a Universal Woman.

Jason

McEvoy

Environmentalist, psychologist
Jason McEvoy is a dedicated and enthusiastic environmentalist, with a broad range of research interests including cognitive, and environmental psychology, linguistics, and education. He works at Sophia university, in Tokyo, where he encourages students to think critically about global issues and reassess and adapt their perspectives towards a more sustainable direction. His current passion is researching the interactive relationship between human cognition and the environment.

Kyoko

Kokusho

Talent coach, change maker
Kyoko is a change management consultant of Talent & Strategy consulting team in IBM Japan. Her main field of expertise is communication design, executive development, organizational culture change, and global core value penetration. Her recent passion is developing new change management methodology for digital transformation in Japanese traditional companies.

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