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The project for incubating social business (Institute of Social Business/iSB)

Institute of Social Business (iSB) is established as a kind of cram school for incubating social business, as part of Cabinet Office’s “local community job creation project.”  LORC is commissioned to organize the meetings in Kyoto for this project.  This is a two-year project during FY2010 and FY2011.  The trainings and business competitions are held once for each fiscal year.

The Institute’s training program is composed of lectures, hands-on trainings and business plan development.  Students complete the training programs with their own business plans which are developed by them.  As for the Institute’s business competitions, candidates were not limited to students.  The Institute welcomed various types of candidates from the public.  The Institute provided assistant grant funding with the amount ranging from 500,000 yen to maximum 5,000, 000 yen to the successful candidates in stages.  The Institute supported such successful candidates to start new businesses.

In FY 2010, the Institute accepted 20 students for the training programs.  As for the business competition (secondary selection), 6 students’ business plans were adopted.  In FY 2011, the Institute accepted 84 students.  11 students’ business plans were adopted.

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (JST-RISTEX) Research and Development Program

This research and development program is focusing on the structural changes from the society which relies on fossil fuels to non-oil-based society, with oriented to “non-global warming and environmental co-existence society, rooted in local communities.”  In order to promote the use of renewable energies, LORC fosters the local public human resources who hold the views from the specialized and cross-sectoral perspectives on local affairs.  Through this project, LORC collaborates with Waseda University in a way to promote the utilization of the local public human resources in local communities practically.

Specifically, by sharing engineering knowledge necessary for implementing the renewable energy utilization technologies in local communities as well as legal and sociological perspectives among actors like citizens, local municipalities, Non-Profitable Organizations (NPOs), businesses amongst others.  LORC attempts to cultivate human resources with expertise and coordinating capacity for creating actors in local communities.  By establishing the human resources network (platform), it is promoted the utilization of highly available renewable energies, which leads to the realization of reducing CO2 emissions.

Furthermore, LORC will propose institutional designs for fostering and utilizing the human resources at national level, based on the social issues which become identified during its development process of the project.

*This project is jointly implemented, based on the collaboration between Waseda University and Ryukoku University, which was adopted as research and development project titled as: “Formation of Regional System for Local Public Human Resources Development and Renewable Energy Use.” (FY2010 (October)–FY2013 (September))

Ryukoku University Centre for Local Collaborations

Ryukoku University Centre for Local Collaborations is an education and research facility established within Ryukoku University Faculty of Policy Studies.  This centre is mainly engaged in three activities as below:

  • Conducting educational programs as well as human development programs for local collaborations;
  • Conducting the programs on service learning associated with education in which local communities collaborate;
  • Implementing the project on educational trainings among organizations and groups, which are parties to the local collaboration agreement.

Because of the natures of such activities, the Centre is deeply linked to LORC.  It is attempted to utilize the research outcomes by LORC for developing the Centre’s activities.  Currently, “liaison and coordination meetings” in which both parties’ persons involved participate, are regularly coordinated to deepen the collaboration between the two.

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