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We have the pleasure to welcome 2 guest-speakers on Tuesday 9/12:

Creative Communities in Tokyo and Their Counter Parts Across the Globe, with Caven Cade Mitchell

An introduction to the creative communities of Tokyo and their global counter parts. I will emphasize who they are, why we need to get involved with them, and what benefits they bring to both creatives and technologists as a whole.



Platform Cooperativism: Digital Sharing Economy, Open Source, and the Future of Freelancing, with Mathias Sager

The Internet is slipping out of ordinary users’ control. Internet technologies are transforming our workplaces, relationships, and societies. Companies like Uber, Amazon, and Facebook are capturing vital sectors of the economy such as transportation and phenomena like search and social networking. All of us who rely on the Internet have virtually no control over the platforms that affect and inform us on a daily basis. Platform cooperativism is a growing international movement that builds a fairer future of work. Rooted in democratic ownership, co-op members, technologists, unionists, and freelancers create a concrete near-future alternative to the extractive sharing economy. This introductory town-hall like seminar is the ideal overview for anybody interested in the concept of platform cooperativism. We are also seeking contributors to the formation process of the Platform Cooperativism Japan (PCJ) consortium, a sister organization of the PCC New York.

SAVE THE DATE! The next IT Forum are with Emi Yano from IEEE 11/14!

1st Guest- speaker

Caven Cade Mitchell

Born in Jamaica, raised in the U.S., living in Japan. Caven is a full stack engineer-turned project manager / consultant with a focus primarily on startups and various telecommunications companies. He’s also the organizer for the developer and designer communities, DevJapan and DesignJapan, and is working on bringing a new communities to the Tokyo region. His interests revolve around community building especially with non-profits, advanced technology, and social equality. Most important of all, he is currently raising a red- nosed American Pit Bull Terrier puppy named Peanut.

2nd Guest- speaker

Mathias Sager (instructor/ convener)

Mathias’ motivation is to engage for a fairer future of work and a truly cooperative digital economy that is benefitting all its contributors and next generations. Mathias possesses an International Executive MBA in Information Management, a Bachelor in Education Sciences, a postgraduate Certificate in Crisis and Leadership Communication, as well as a postgraduate Certificate in Psychology. Mathias is concerned about the interplay of human potential and behavior, the (digital) economy and society, and the promotion of cooperative ways to increase individual and collective, private and professional thriving and well-being. Mathias has worked as a high school teacher, IT project manager, and leadership and communication trainer. In his long standing as a Big 4 Senior Manager in IT Risk and Advisory, Mathias led global client projects and international teams in Europe and Japan.

Previous topics

“Current trents & power of diversity”, with Annie Chang, President at AC Global Solutions and founder of Women in Technology Japan (WITJ)

“Trends and best practices in online backup and disaster recovery”, guest speakers: Brent and Andy from Blueshift

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Agenda & Time Schedule

19:00: Introduction by JIC
19:10: 1st topic with guest-speaker
19:40: Group discussions: how to apply in own situation
20:00: Break / Networking
20:10: 2nd topic with guest-speaker
20:40: Group discussions: how to apply in own situation
21:30: Finish (optional drinks in local pub)


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