This summer, our Social Innovation team strengthened the VIA ecosystem by welcoming 5 participants from our Asia Program partners on our 2 Exploring Social Innovation immersions in the Bay Area. Along with 28 participants from across Asia, we welcomed our first group of dynamic high school students from ISAK (International School of Asia, Karuizawa), where we also placed our first Global Community Fellow this year.
In addition, thanks to Japan Foundation support, we brought 7 thoughtful Stanford students to Tokyo and northern Japan in collaboration with 7 students from Rikkyo University to support the revitalization of Rikuzen Takata from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It was a humbling and touching experience. In addition to moving videos, the students designed a magazine called “一期一会 Once in a Lifetime” to capture the hearts and hopes of the beautiful people of Rikuzen Takata. Check out the rest of their magazine @ bit.ly/RTisBeautiful