Community Disaster Resilience Speaker Series
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Community Disaster Resilience Speaker Series

Community Disaster Resilience Speaker Series – Part 8
By Sayaka Fujimura & Ken Sato

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017@ 4:00pm
506 SW Mill St, Urban Center Building, 2nd Floor, Parson's Gallery (URBN 212G)

The Role of Local Businesses and NPO in Kesennuma City post-3.11 Sayaka Fujimura (INDIGO Kesennuma) and Ken Sato (Peace Jam) are both owners/founders of organizations in Kesennuma City, Japan. These organizations were created after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Sayaka and Ken have dedicated their lives to bringing back hope and and community back to the disaster-stricken city. Come listen to the stories of Sayaka Fujimura and Ken Sato as they describe their experiences following the disaster and the creation of their organizations.

Organization Backgrounds:

Sayaka Fujimura is the Owner/Founder of INDIGO Kesennuma, an indigo studio and workshop that produces high quality products that seek to make Aizome-Japanese Traditional Dye approachable for young fashion-conscious consumers in more urban settings like Tokyo or overseas. Entrepreneurial leader established the organization to provide employment for women who are at the stage of raising young children. The employees each bring together their little time to create high profit, and since starting 2 years ago, have built up fame in the diversity employment department in Japan.

Ken Sato is the Owner/Founder for Peace Jam, a cooperative that makes jam and muslin goods for babies. His innovative concept resulted in receipt of international award in 2012. Prime Minister Abe visited the workshop in March, 2017. Entrepreneurial leader provides employment for mothers with young children and provides on-site day care so moms can bring their children to work

About the Initiative for Community and Disaster Resilience (ICDR)
ICDR is an interdisciplinary initiative using collaborative efforts to focus on research, educational outreach and community enlightenment. ICDR is designed to emphasis ‘soft’ social science and policy perspectives when approaching issues relating to natural disasters, while other emergency management research centers in the U.S. primarily focus on the ‘hard science’ aspect. Alongside the Economics Department, the Center for Public Service works to; 1) enhance disaster awareness, 2) host experts to share their experiences, 3) empower local communities by providing policy and economic analysis and, 4) help communities better prepare for possible natural disasters. Together with students, scholars, practitioners, and community members, ICDR serves as a hub to work on issues related to emergency management and preparedness and community resilience from natural disasters.

For more information:

Contact: Dr. Hiro Ito

This series is supported by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions