At 9.00 am we started the Roleplay. 10 countries were supposed to ad new admendments to a new protocol to the Refugee Convention from 1951 (1967). All the country groups had worked so hard, some of them long after midnight. The day was long and intense and everyone made an effort to contribute to the debate.
Nathan from JMU in the States representing Germany is trying to find an alley with Julia from Malmö University who is representing USA.
My countrygroup made great effort with their suggestions of amendments but it was hard to represent a developed country when the majority of the country was developing country. But I think everyone learned alot from the roleplay.
Finally we had reach the goal and everyone was reliefed and happy. At a small cermony all students were given a diploma and than we all met up at the Mermaid Café for a final dinner toghter.
It feels emotional to say goodbye to everyone and I will bring back home new friendship from all around the world and also with lots of thoughts and new ideas about myself as a Global Citizen. I strongly recommend both students and staff to take the chance and go to Hiroshima next year. It´s a great experience!
Tomorrow Konomi, one of my students, will guide me and two other students in her hometown Kyoto before I go back home to Malmö.
Friday and Saturday has been very busy day for all of us, both with engaging workshops run by some of the other facilitators and of course one of the most important parts; the students preparation towards the roleplay on Sunday. First they have to do a presentation of the country they represent in only eight minutes. We are representing Germany. We have ten countries in total. In the afternoon there will be a big debate about new amendments to the protocol. My group has been very ambitious and working hard both to get to know Germany better and to understand Germanys pointview of the Refugee policy.
Late in the afternoon despite the warm and humid air all the students are trying to find alleys so there was lot of activity going on at the same time. Here you can se Nathan from USA, Koma and Shinya from Japan.
During Saturday there has been a lot of warings about weather change and that the Tyfoon is coming in. So far I’ve seen some heavy rain and a bit wind but being a swede it hasn’t impressed me at all so far. But the Campus was quiet in the afternoon .
After hard working days some of the staffmembers are trying to find out what to eat for dinner so last night Lorry from JMU USA, Anthony from Flinders (Australia) and I tried a Korean restaurant. We hade a lovely dinner though we had a hard time to make ourself understood.
Today we spent the whole day at the University of Hiroshima. In the morning there was a keynote lecture about the Japanese Perspective in the Turbulent and Globalized world. At lunchtime some japanese students tried to teach us how to play Kendama – a japaneese traditional game. It was a lot of fun and a good way for the studentgroup to get closer to eachother.
In the afternoon I attended one of four workshops. This was about Causes of Displacement in the 21st Century. And it was a great lecture held of Dr Savo Heleta who himself sufferd from displacement in Bosnia as a child. He pointed out the question that the student will have to discuss the coming days: Who is a refugee? The UN convention relating to the status of Refugees from 1951 (1967) is outdated. More than 42 million people are currently displaced worldwide but not everyone of them recieve refugee status according to the convention.
The student are vey motivated and despite langugebarriers they seems to get along very well. I have a good feeling about the outcome on Sunday when we will have the Roleplay.
Yesterday we had even an earlier start. Our bus was leaving the hotel at 5.50 so everyone had to get up at 05.00 am. The rain poured down and there was warings about a tyfoon. Luckily most of us had got a raincoat the day before. When we arrived to Hiroshima Memorial Park there was already alot of people. The cermony started at 08.00 and lasted for an hour. There was a minute of silence in memory of the victims in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I´m glad the student got to the museum the day before because with that in mind the memorial cermony gave more inpact. After the cermony the countrygroup should do something together to get to know eachother more. My group decided to go to Miyajima Island, a place of historic interest outside the city with a famous Shrine. They asked me to come along.
Suddenly the rain stopped and the sun finally came out and we had a lovely day at the Island. Coming home was a nightmare though, due to the heavy rain earlier that day, the trainsystem didn’t work properly. We had to experience cramed trains with people continuosly trying to get on. I fell into bed early and finaly got a really good night sleep since I arrived in Japan.
Last day of the course at Stanford was covered by final presentations of all the teams and a pizza lunch.
We pitched our idea of a Malmö Innovation Hub (MIH@MAH? Name to be discussed… ;). Everybody of us focused on different angles of the hub: Outreach, Intellectual Property, Research and Teaching.
After we were off to our holidays… Now, nearly back on track to see how we could take the idea further.
It has been an intense day! The humidity still is very high and it’s really hot. Today we had an early start at 7:00 am. Went for a two hour busdrive to reach the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The museum moved me a lot. It´s just near the centerpoint were the atomic bom blast at 8.15 aug 6th in 1945. There was an objective description of the Japaneese history also before world war II.
In an instant, the city was almost entirely destroyed and 140 000 people lost there lives due to the bomb
How can mankind develop atomic bombs? And why is there still many countries who are in possesion of atomic weapon?
Mrs Keiko Ogura made a deep impression being an eyewitness and exposed to the atomic bomb when she was 8 years old. We met her in the afternoon and student asked many questions.
Then of course I met my studentgroup of 10 students from Japan, USA, Indonesia, Spain and Vietnamn. Togehter we went to have lunch in a typical restaurant in Hiroshima and had a great dish called OKONOMYAKI. We discussed what everyone excperienced at the museeum and started to make plans for how the group should prepare themself for the final UN Roleplay.
Tomorrow we will have an even earlier start. Bus leave at 5.50 and we will attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony
Conglomeration of houses, green moutains with fogg that builds up to clouds lifting up in the sky, friendly faces meeting mine on the “Shinkansen”super express train from Osaka to Higashi-Hiroshima makes me feel like I’m in a Hayao Miyazaki land. And I am! And it feels exciting!
It´s been 24 hours since my arrival and finally after visiting a big electrical store two times I have been able o conect my computer with the right devicer. Luckily the hotel has rental bikes. I´m here to take part in the INU seminar on Global Citizenship and Peace and will be one of the facilitator for a studentgroup of 10. During a week we will digg into the big and important issue and the theme of this year; Refugee in Global Society. This evening I will meet my student at the Welcome Reception. I’s exciting and I’m looking forward to some company. I’m not used to be on my own like this.
This day wasn’t really scheduled at STVP. We had the day to wrap up our ideas and condense the impressions of Silicon Valley, Stanford, STVP and the Faculty Fellows program info a presentation tomorrow. We decided to finalize the Rainforest chart and use that to build a background presentation for our proposed organizational changes when we come back home. On top of this we’ve prepared 4 different one minute pitches that capture the essence of what we want to achieve from Education, Research, Outreach and Student involvement.
To stay at home without effective air conditioning was a challenge as it’s incredible hot both inside and outside. As the time in California is coming to an end we tried to spend the breaks in the sun, but more than few minutes was unbearable. Ice-coffee helped a litte to quench the thirst but did little on Jeanettes sun rash. We are working hard on our final presentation and preparing the materials for our return for meetings at the University, ESBRI, and VINNOVA. We are really excited to bring back all the knowledge and inspiration we got in Silicon Valley. We are sure that we can find ways to inspire more an entrepeneurial mindset across MAH and our community.
It´s Wednesday and we only have 2 days left before our final project presentation at STVP. We look forward to getting the feedback from other teams and listening to how their projects have evolved. Today the team decided to stay and work on the presentation in the garden at our house. To share a house is one of the best ideas we have had so far. To have a common space brings us as team members closer together.
Jeanette had an afternoon meeting with Nikkie H. Salgado, Program Coordinator at STVP. Nikkie spent 10 years working with student affairs at Stanford before transferring to STVP where she now plans and executes innovative student events. This upcoming semester they focus on two main events, Leadership lunches and Coaches on Call where student can sign up and meet with experts within different areas of expertise. Both concepts that could work very well at Malmö University.
Nikkie and Jeanette shared a common challenge in getting students engaged. How do we handle the fact that students also need to prioritize among all activities that are offered to them? STVP recently surveyed students and found out that a quite low percentage is aware of their existence. We decided to have monthly Skype-meetings where we can continue our discussion about how to create meaningful events that add value to students and how to reach out with information.
The workday ended with a coaching session with Jack Fuchs, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and an angel investor. This session was a really great hands on experience that inspired us all. To find and celebrate what we already have at the university when it comes to entrepreneurial blocks in our education and build on them is one thing that we will bring with us home. Also working with mentors as a way to get students to gain insight in real problems and identifying possible new solutions. Jack is a valuable resource that we surely will get back to for more inspiration once we start implementing our new ideas back home.
In the morning our group sat down and started to specify the Rainforest Canvas, which should give an overview of the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Malmö. Like this, we want to identify starting points to foster this ecosystem.
Around lunch we visited the Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto (http://innovationhousesf.wordpress.com) and met with Sten Kristian Mydland. This institution provides services for entrepreneurs and companies from Scandinavia. Their services vary from very practical things like providing an address or office space to organizing get togethers. One company, which is present there at the moment, is Kubicam. It does development on high-resolution multi channel cameras for web conferencing.
On our way to the campus we stopped at an American Dinner and had Milkshakes for lunch.
Tom Byers hosted the afternoon session. Tom is professor for Entrepreneurship and focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship education. Therefore, Tom was talking about why and how to teach entrepreneurship. An important statement he made is that Stanford is not very much different than other places. It might have slightly more students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. He estimated the amount to 5%. At Stanford the focus is on teaching an entrepreneurship process and an entrepreneurial attitude. Tom also recognises that this might need up to 40 years to show an impact on society. An entrepreneurship curriculum could be built up around 7 pillars: See opportunities, develop a strategy, apply scientific methods, find investors, build a team, become T-shaped, grow a start up.
On our way over the campus we found an installation called Gay Liberation Sculpture by George Segal.
After the picture we saw the sign: “Do not touch.” Ups, sorry George.