Kiho Moriyama, Japan

Kiho Moriyama

Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Summer 2017

Kiho’s Story

Originally from Kumamoto, Kiho is majoring in International Culture at Saga University.

Kiho is interested in creating a society that encourages more communication and openness. She believes that without open conversation, it is difficult for one to be optimistic about life’s opportunities.

Kiho plans to open a restaurant, where guests can engage in thoughtful conversations, potentially surrounding topics that are difficult to discuss. She believes that these types of conversations are opportunities to expose one to a wide variety of values. By facilitating a space that emphasizes communication skills, Kiho hopes it will ignite conversation outside the restaurant, to make the actions of others more open and accepting.

Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Kiho is excited to create a network of people who have an equally strong desire to create change in their communities. She is also excited to expand her knowledge by communicating with new organizations, and to get her closer to her social business goals.

Britt Yamamoto

Britt Yamamoto

Some years ago Britt came upon the Raymond Williams quote that, "to be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing." Along these lines, iLEAP was created as a radical ideal, a welcome home amidst all the social and ecological ill that surrounds us, firm in the belief that what the world needs now are more inspired and renewed social leaders who have the capacity to change the world. Oh, and to laugh a, a lot, along the way.

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