FairShares presented at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan

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Rory during a lecture on Social Economy organised by Professor Takashi Yamamoto.

Co-founder of Fairshares, Rory Ridley-Duff has been delivering lectures in Japan at the invitation of the only university to offer a social enterprise course to its students. Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka is the first to offer a social enterprise course to students undertaking a degree in Social Welfare. Kobe and Kyoto, near Osaka, are important places in Japanese history – its own co-operative movement started in these locations.

After a lecture on social enterprise to 100 undergradates on 9th January, Rory delivered further sessions on ‘Social Economy: past, present and future’ and ‘Work Integration Social Enterprises’ on the 11th and 12th to the study group organised by Professor Takashi Yamomoto – one of the country’s foremost social enterprise academics.

The FairShares Model was a feature of the second lecture on social economy – outlining the convergence of thinking around multi-stakeholder co-operatives that are experimenting with hybrid structures.

Rory’s lecture slides were translated into Japanese by Keiichi Yagihashi, a PhD student supervised by Professor Yamamoto. The slides will be made available shortly via the Scribd document repository.