Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion Kick-off Symposium

August 1st, 2021


In commemoration of the launch of the Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion in April 2021, we will hold a kick-off symposium. We will invite unique guests from corporations, communities, and overseas (Norway) to discuss the current status and challenges of social inclusion design and the possibility of designing a “mechanism” for it. We look forward to seeing you there.

Part 1: Opening of the Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion
Greeting: Masakazu Tani (Dean, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University)

“Current Status and Issues of Kyushu University: On the Establishment of the Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion
Toshiya Naito (Director, Kyushu University / Director, Office for the Promotion of Gender Equality)

“Current Status and Issues of Inclusion Support in Kyushu University
Mari Tanaka (Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Center for Health Sciences and Counseling, Support Section for Inclusion)
Office for Promotion of Inclusion Support)

“Overview of the Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion
Mia Nakamura (Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University)

Part 2: Guest Lectures
“From the Perspective of Business/Marketing/Market Design
Takahiro Hayashi (President, Dentsu Diversity Lab (DDL))

“From the Perspective of Design for Placemaking
Yasuomi Tashino (President, NPO Kyushu Community Research Institute)

“From the Perspective of Dialogue Design
Mariko Hara (Researcher, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

Part 3: Discussion
Moderator: Tomofumi Miyata (Executive Director, donner le mot)
Closing Remarks

Akira Omoto (Director, Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion / Deputy Dean, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University)

Moderator: Yoshito Ogata (Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University)

Takahiro Hayashi
President, Dentsu Diversity Lab (DDL)
Takahiro Hayash has been involved in all aspects of strategy at Dentsu Inc. including communication strategy, product and service development, and business development. In 2011, he joined D&I as a member of DDL, an internal task force established to oversee strategy and produce a number of projects. In 2017, he launched “Inclusive Marketing®” and is currently promoting it as a new marketing concept based on D&I.

Mariko Hara
Researcher, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. She is a mother of two children and lives in Norway. Her experience of caring for her grandmother with dementia led her to become involved in music-based dementia care practices and research. D. in Sociology from the University of Exeter, UK (2013). Since moving to Norway, she has been conducting ethnographic research on immigrant musicians and studies on music and wellbeing.

Yasuomi Unno
President, Kyushu Community Research Institute (NPO)
Born in Kumamoto in 1969. Unno is a producer, director, designer, and contemporary artist, and in 2004 he established the Kyushu Community Research Institute, a non-profit organization with the mission of “optimizing design. He is also the co-chairman of Action Town Lab, a non-profit organization, the president of SOL DESIGN INC., a researcher of cultural landscapes for the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and a member of the Hirado City Cultural Landscape Promotion Committee.

Satoshi Miyata
Executive Director, donner le mot
Born in Fukuoka in 1984. He received his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University. In 2012, he established the NPO Donelmo, which works on community development for the elderly, aiming to create a cultural society where people can “create their own lives” for the super-aging society. He is also a coordinator for Onojyo City and a part-time lecturer at Fukuoka University (Lifelong Learning Support).

How to hold
ZOOM, an online conference tool, will be used. For the kick-off symposium, we will provide real-time subtitles using the speech-to-text application UD Talk®️. If you have any other requests regarding considerations on the day of the event, please fill in the request column on the application form, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

How to apply
Please fill out the application form here. After submitting the registration form, a link to the ZOOM session will be sent to the email address you entered. (The link may be sent to your spam or promotion folder. Please be sure to check your email.

[Organizer] Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University

Click here for the brochure of the Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion


August 1st, 2021, 14:00p.m. - 17:00p.m.


Online (Zoom) *A link to participate on the day will be sent to you after you register using the registration form.


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Number of collaborative research results:44


Percentage of international students: 20%