Social Innovation Across Cultures

Insights + Ideas from Teaching SocInn in U.S. & Japan


Many students & educators have embraced social innovation's potential for transforming our world for the better. How has education for social innovation developed over time and across cultures?

Join Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service & VIA, an educational non-profit organization founded at Stanford in 1963, for a co-hosted panel discussion to explore:

  • What have been effective ways to teach social innovation, and are they different between U.S. & Japan?
  • What social issues are American and Japanese students engaged in?
  • Social innovation outside the classroom--the role of experiential education
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Our International Panelists

  • Ken Ito (facilitator): Assistant Professor at Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus focusing on corporate finance and non-profit management. Also a specialist on the social innovation landscape in East Asia.

  • Larry Litvak: Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches courses on social impact and public service and brings a wealth of experience in managing, financing and governing organizations pursuing social change.
  • Sarina Beges-Thysen: Co-founder of the Stanford Program on Social Entrepreneurship, which brings social entrepreneurs inside the Stanford classroom. She has worked in the field of social change for the last decade, building innovative programming to support social entrepreneurs and democracy leaders around the world.
  • Shugo Yanaka: Social Business Producer and teaches at Business Break Through University in Japan. He recently coordinated Japan's first major social innovation expo gathering pioneers across the country at the forefront of regional revitalization.
  • Terumasa Matsuyuki: Associate Professor at Osaka University specializing in microeconomics. He is the co-author of 'Social Innovation' and 'Local Community Area Principles' (both in Japanese) and teaches classes such as Social Design and Science, Technology and Social Enterprise.

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 3-4:30pm

Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service, DK Room


For questions, please contact Kazutoh Ishida (VIA, Senior Silicon Valley Programs Director) at