• 2016 SUMMER


    Redesigning Japanese Higher Education!


    July 8-17⎜Seto Inland Sea Island of Ōsakikamijima ⎜ Japan



    An official College of the Atlantic Program delivered in partnership

    ASHOKA Japan // ASHOKA U // Town of Ōsakikamijima // DSIL Global



    We’re recruiting the next generation of changemakers ready to tackle the world's complex challenges- and we are launching the HELIO PROGRAM to take things to the next level. This summer we will be in Ōsakikamijima, Japan with College of the Atlantic.


    When | Where | Who

    From July 8-17th explore the Seto Inland Sea of Japan with us for a powerful week focused on the dynamics of Human Ecology and filled with cutting edge workshops, trainings and hands-on local community immersions with participants from the global Ashoka U network and delivered in partnership by Ashoka Japan, the Town of Ōsakikamijima and Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL).


    Education | Ecology | Focus

    You will help launch a new era in Japanese higher education by co-designing a new Japanese 'college'. The college will draw inspiration from the College of the Atlantic and Ashoka, both of whom have been educating and supporting social innovators for decades. Interdisciplinary practices and perspectives will be leveraged to design the institutional, curricular, and partnership foundations for a new kind of higher educational institution - one that will help Japan prosper in a world that links the local with the global.


    The HELIO Program - offered through the College of the Atlantic- is intentionally crafted to include 24 top change agents from around the world, selected through the Ashoka University network—those active in creating social impact leaders.


    Participants must be rising 2nd, 3rd or 4th year university students with high empathetic aptitude, motivation and intellectual curiosity.

  • What Happens at HELIO in 9 Days?

    Participants will cultivate skills that accelerate their ability to bring social impact ideas to life by exploring the environmental, economic, social and educational contours of Osakimijima, Japan.


    During the field experience participants will be working in cross cultural teams to co-design and develop ideas connected to re-imagining the future of global and local education and ecological systems. Field participants will have an option to continue learning in the 2016 DSIL Virtual Classroom and qualify for a certificate granted by the CEE at the UN University for Peace and Conflict Studies.


    Sharpen transferable skills that matter

    Within the span of 9 field immersion days participants will be trained on the principals of Human Centered Design, innovation, facilitation, and project design. The week culminates with a with a final 'pitch' in teams that can be implemented in the real world.


    Share experience,  passion and stories

    Participants will become both students and teachers across the week- they will have the opportunity to speak at 'Stories Night', share aspects of their home culture and skills during 'Pop Up Workshops'. Visits out include exploring one of the oldest Zen Temples in Japan and trips to the shore.


    Get to know the grassroots

    Participants will discover first hand various Seto Inland Sea development challenges while investigating sustainable development opportunities on the ground. Contextual understanding will be expedites by interactions with partners from the local community, academia, and social impact leaders.


    Dig deep into systems of 'self' and the world

    Mornings open with a daily practice of intention setting, and intentional community building emerges through out the week. Participants will have moments dedicated to reflection and the chance to re-imagine the complexities of the world by reframing challenge as opportunity.

  • Official Program Sponsor

    HELIO is an initiative of College of the Atlantic

  • The Official Application Closed April 15th for International Students 

    (Japanese deadline open through April 30).

     Let Us Know if You Have Ideas or Questions

    contact Alex Birdsall of COA and Miki Nagashima of Ashoka Japan

    subject line: 'HELIO JAPAN PROGRAM'