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Yurui Communication Laboratory
Date of establishment: February 3, 2016
"Open Innovation" creates new social systems and services by people with different abilities, positions and values engaging with one another. What type of communication advances and generates Open Innovation? In this laboratory various organizations within society, including corporations, schools, local governments and local communities, come together to conduct experimental projects and fieldwork, with faculty members and external researchers then jointly researching and exploring this whole concept of communication.
The majority of modern-day social issues do not exist externally to oneself, but rather internally within the relationship one has with society, and this becomes even more complicated as time goes on. In fact, perhaps "an answer or resolution" to a particular issue does not even exist. In other words, instead of trying to resolve an issue, what may be required is to form an ongoing relationship with that issue.
Rather than being bound by the conventional approach of "discovering a problem and resolving a problem", members of this project will be allowed to freely bounce thoughts, ideas, questions and feelings of discomfort off one another. The aim is to create a forum for "Yurui(*) Communication" where members can enjoy experiments and research as "part of themselves".
"Yurui Communication" will become a trigger to flexibly interact with increasingly complicated social issues; it will be an adventure of trial and error. Research members will focus their attention on this particular value as they uncover "various positions and opinions" to take the place of "answers and solutions". They will also shed light on new action policies in order to realize a society with "gradation", rather than a society where everything is either black or white.
* "Yurui" refers to a state where things are not fixed or managed rigidly, but are connected and held together as a whole.
Outline of planned research activity (February 2016-January 2017)