U.S. Japan Social Innovation Panel

Trends and stories across the Pacific

Innovation for social good is a global movement.

What are some trends in social innovation and how do they compare between U.S. and Japan? The pathway for tech innovators is becoming well-trodden, but what are some ways that social innovators get their start?

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 6:30pm

717 Market Street

San Francisco, CA

Cynthia Jaggi, Founder - Gatherwell

Cynthia is an entrepreneur and leadership expert for people who are looking to create massive impact. She is the Founder of GatherWell, the Think + Do tank for Practical Idealists and a Partner at Living Economy Advisors, increasing the flow of capital to the living economy. Her passion is to shift the economy to a regenerative model that puts people and the planet in the center. To achieve this goal she works to build and grow social impact businesses and to empower professionals to create their most meaningful life and work.

Shugo Yanaka, Social Business Producer - Velvet & Co

Shugo is a man of many talents, as comfortable in the boardroom as he is in the DJ booth. Shugo began his career starting up an educational NPO focusing on career education in cooperation with METI. After working as a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, he founded Velvet & Company, a social design firm focusing on social innovation to solve social issues. He most recently produced “Machiten” a multi-day expo gathering thousands of social innovators across Japan in regional revitalization. Shugo also teaches at the Business Break Through University.


VIA has been creating transformative learning journeys between U.S. and Asia for over 50 years since its founding at Stanford in 1963. Today VIA continues to connect & innovate in changemaker education across the Pacific. Hear a preview of our vision for 2020 to amplify our impact and grow the social innovation ecosystem.