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MESSAGE 2020 JCI WORLD CONGRESS YOKOHAMA

Message from Local President JCI Yokohama and Congress Director 2020 JCI World Congress Yokohama COC

一般社団法人横浜青年会議所 理事長 坂倉賢・2020年JCI世界会議横浜大会 大会実行委員長 眞鍋大介
Many issues lie in our world today, and people and the society earnestly seek for their solution. Such solutions will not be generated by simply furthering what we already do today; they require fundamental innovations.
How many companies worldwide place innovation as part of their corporate visions?
How many local municipalities worldwide actively seek innovation?
Innovation that will help transform the world in a positive direction. In any day and age, the world constantly requires innovation.
What is “innovation” in the first place?
We believe that innovation is not only about “transformation” that is based on economic advancement measurements. Advanced technologies, ideas, new thoughts and perceptions, and most importantly, combinations of simple ideas based on our acquired wisdom and experiences or synergies between actions that we take to solve problems could also be innovations that better the world.
Our concept, The Crossroad of Innovation, is a very simple one. We believe that innovation is, at the end of the day, about single individuals meeting, connecting, and starting something new together. Rather than leaning excessively toward convenience or advancement, we value placing importance on sensitivities, respecting uniqueness, connection between people, enabling a content world, and hence, co-creation.
Through this congress, we hope to maximize the potentials of JCI’s global network and enable people to collaborate in promoting the SDGs or identifying seeds for innovation that will help resolve global issues. A key factor in the process is happiness among each one of us and the people surrounding us. It all starts with stopping to think what happiness is for each one of us, pursuing our individual uniqueness, and accepting the uniqueness of others. If we open ourselves to others, prompt a chain on empathy, and continue endeavors to enable better changes along with our peers, there will surely be a brighter future awaiting for us.
Ken Sakakura
Local President JCI Yokohama
Daisuke Dennis Manabe
Congress Director 2020 JCI World Congress Yokohama COC