Change Japan from the region. That is the purpose of Slow Innovation.

Starting from Shibuya Ward, Kyoto City, Nagoya City, Kesennuma City, and so on, the creation of a “Citizen Collaborative Innovation Ecosystem” that uses the “Project 30” system is spreading. The “Citizen Collaborative Innovation Ecosystem” is nurtured by the following roles played by each stakeholder.

  • Local government takes leadership in innovation

  • Citizens become partners in discovering social issues

  • Large companies work to create a service platform for innovation in regions with cutting-edge social issues

  • Local companies will be responsible for sustainable problem solving

To that end, Slow Innovation's work is concentrated in the following three categories.

  1. Supporting local governments that are key players and creating a situation where they are seriously engaged in the realization of a long-term vision through citizen collaboration and corporate collaborative creation. Local government employees become facilitators of creating an innovation ecosystem and improve citizens' ability to discover social issues.

  2. We support private companies that are responsible for innovation and work with governments and NPOs to work on “CSV (business that creates social value)” in the region.

  3. Slow Innovation actively establishes agendas (for example, “sustainable tourism”) and leads to policy formation, thereby creating unique innovations originating in the region that cannot be initiated by governments or companies alone.


Changing systems step by step

Slow Innovation Inc. is a new company born from the business split from Future Sessions Inc. It was founded on October 1, 2019 with the aim of "changing Japan from the region" by focusing on the "Citizen Collaboration Innovation Ecosystem".

It is the next big challenge for Takahiko Nomura, who was founded Future Sessions, to drive Slow Innovation in each region. Future Sessions is supporting organizations to create social innovation using collective intelligence and support the creation of an organization open to society through facilitation that draws out dialogue and cooperation among the three sectors of companies, governments, and NGOs. The “Project30” born in the process deepened the conviction that “the region will become a cutting-edge innovation field”. To devise this idea, we launched Slow Innovation.

Slow Innovation uses the promotion of “Project30” as a core activity, and connects with local citizens' collaboration, corporate co-creation, and policy formation. We will build a “Citizen Collaboration Innovation Ecosystem” that lives in each region. Based on this, we will establish various agendas such as Slow Tourism, Slow Mobility, and Slow Energy, and promote sustainable town development based on a social participation model. As a result, we would like to “slowly” realize “a new social form that values ​​the relationship between people” together with local stakeholders.


Have you ever heard of the concept of “slow food”? In contrast to “fast food” that can be done in 10 minutes like a hamburger, cherishing the process of gathering ingredients and cooking together, and enjoying meals while fostering relationships between people is “slow food". It ’s a movement. Now, slow culture is spreading in every field, such as slow mobility (walking and cycling), slow tourism (tourism connected to people), and slow energy (power generation by yourself).

We have continued “Shibuya 30” for 4 years, innovation like “slow food”, valuing processes, creating relationships between people, small changes like ripples I have realized that it is something that will evolve society. In the short term, it looks like only a small change, but in the long term, I would like to promote “slow innovation” that slowly changes the minds and relationships of people and slowly makes greater changes.

Slow Innovation

Companies have benefited by providing quick solutions and differentiation for market-sized customer needs. This fast innovation mechanism is no longer functioning in Japan's declining and mature society. Still, many manufacturers have repeated this method of finding “customer needs that can make money,” and are not doing well.

Slow innovation is an approach that makes social issues clear by limiting the region and creates unique innovations in the region by restructuring relationships with all local stakeholders.


Company name: Slow Innovation Inc.


Shibuya Headquarters: ANNEX Ryuko-building, 11-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042

Kyoto Base: Garden Lab, 682-6 Ishifudonocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8047

CEO: Takahiko Nomura, Ph.D., Professor of KIT Toranomon Graduate School