Intercultural Innovation Camp - iiCamp (Japan)
Published on May 4, 2014 um 20:45
Name of Enterprise
Amazing Japan UG
Type of Enterprise
Enterprise has a positive impact on
peace-building, education , poverty reduction , cultural diversity, empowerment of women, youth
Year the enterprise was founded
Summary of your enterprise
Amazing Japan is an international community page sharing news, information and stories about Japan and its (pop)culture. Amazing Japan was established to provide and share the rich and diverse Japanese culture by building an community that operates worldwide. Together with our partners from YouCan Trust Deutschland gUG we formed a joint venture to work together on our corporate project, the iiCamp. iiCamp stands for Intercultural Innovation Camp and offers applicants a new way of intercultural exchange while developing projects abroad and experiencing the diversity of different cultures around the world. The main purpose of the iiCamp is to strenghten the intercultural communication and personal leadership. We invented games and tasks to enhance teamwork which is needed to obtain intercultural competence. Participants in the iiCamp will get the competence certificate international. It is the proof of competence international, a dedication method of the specialist unit eV, is International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany in short IJAB the documentation of non-formal learning content. The evidence is supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth of the German government. As of the CBI IJAB certified coaches we are authorized to issue, upon request International participants demonstrating competence. (http://www.nachweise-international.de/single/article/einblicke-das-iicamp-von-youcan-trust-deutschland.html) We already organized three camps in Siem Reap, Cambodia in which we developed products such as a map and a mobile language application (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/khmer-and-more/id832467911?mt=8) together with local students. In addition local students get the chance to develop themselves within Entrepreneurship and personal leadership and improve their possibilities for their future career. We are expanding already to Indonesia and Japan where we are going to work on a cultural magazine application and a second language application as well as a Japanese comic which teaches the history of local Japanese cuisine.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Our iiCamps bring young people together from various cultural backgrounds for a period of 3-4 weeks in a host country. All communication between the Hosts and the Visitors takes place in the English language, giving the camp participants who are of high-school and university age the opportunity for conversational English practice. The activities of a typical iiCamp include: Familiarization activities, using dialogue and sightseeing tours, to learn the history, geography, culture, legal, economic and political factors that have shaped the reality in the countries of the participants; the host country will have the advantage of show and tell Identification of one or more social and/or economic problems that the group agrees need to be addressed and selects as their project for the camp Implementation of the project, from market research, designing a product or service, writing a project implementation plan, testing it out in the real market place and getting feedback, documenting their activities in video, audio and photographs, reporting and evaluating their progress on a daily basis, and using intercultural dialogue as the primary means of making decisions and achieving results Initial outcomes of our project are the planing of different new projects, product development life-cycle plans, video report on activities, self-evaluation by participants through observation and dialogue and the issue of Certificate of Competence International (YouCan-Trust has authorized coaches that can issue this Certificate, developed by the German Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth and coordinated by the International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany)
Sustainability and future plans
After 20 years of globalization and greater interdependence on all levels of society, no country can afford to isolate itself and pretend that it is not affected by, or even contributes to, the problems facing the world, be they social, environmental, financial, economic, or political. National education systems all over the world have failed to prepare young people for the world they will face after school or university. Rather than promoting tolerance of diversity, development of intercultural skills, and understanding between cultures, they tend to reinforce cultural bias, prejudice and rigidity. Often, the very lack of intercultural understanding and tolerance has led to physical violence and sometimes to outright war in order to resolve differences of opinion, perceived injustices, or various forms of oppression. Our Project of Intercultural Innovation Camps is necessary because it offers solutions to the above problems that are already plaguing the world and are likely to intensify in future. With our focus on intercultural dialogue, innovation and cooperation in problem resolution, these issues can be effectively addressed by the very people that will be confronted by them: the young people of today and future leaders of tomorrow. As C.K. Prahalad we also share the opinion that the flow of ideas, knowledge, and innovation will become a two-way street. From the developed countries to the developing and the reverse. Right now we have a relationship with the university of Jena in Germany for which our project is planed as a master thesis within the subject of intercultural economical communication together with Professor Bolten (http://www2.uni-jena.de/philosophie/IWK-neu/typo3/index.php?id=32) The university of Bonn as well as the university of Vienna in Austria already accepted our project as an internship for students. Thus one of our future goals is to create a bridge which connects students, Entrepreneurs and the industry worldwide.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Tristan, I am 23 years old and currently studying Japanese studies at the University of Vienna at the institute for economical and social studies of East-Asia. Following my travels through Japan and several other Asian countries I decided to create a network that can strengthen the intercultural dialogue between people around the globe. Ultimately my goal and the mission of our company "Amazing Japan" are to bring Europe and Asia closer together. I started to be active as an Entrepreneur since high-school were I founded an Entrepreneur club at school together with friends which is called the "E-U21 Club". (http://www.annettegymnasium.de/content/view/241/124/) Together with our team we took part in the Focus school competition where we successfully became first place in the category of engineering and economy. Furthermore we won the Kudos award by MobileMonday with our Khmer language application. After graduating from high school I started to study at the university of Vienna, Austria. Together with friends and partners from YouCan Trust gUG we started the first iiCamp in Cambodia in 2011 where we developed a map with GPS data we collected on bicicle tours. The map was printed and is on stock in Hotels in Siem Reap. In the same year I visited Japan after the Tohoku earthquake to get my very own impression of the country. My travels led me through several cities. From the huge variety of pictures taken there, we chose a few to showcase in the Amazing Japan 2013 calendar. Together with my partner and Co-Founder the project Amazing Japan was born. A year later we founded the company Amazing Japan UG working on a variety of different projects together with artists and other Entrepreneurs worldwide. Since the beginning of our partnership with YouCan Trust gUG we are working on our collaborative project, the iiCamp.
GPS data collection with our team during the first iiCamp in Cambodia
Together with international friends on a dining boat tour in Tokyo at our camp in Japan presenting our selfmade illustration calendar for the year 2014
We were interviewed by a radio station in Hiroshima about our community project