Neo Asia Challenge 5: Iwasawa Gaiety

Mr. Steven Neo, Full-time MBA Candidate of GLOBIS University in Tokyo, discusses the "Neo Asia Challenge" with a variety guests from various businesses and cultures in Japan and Asia.

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Neo Asia Challenge No. 5 – Gaiety Iwasawa

Guest: Gaiety Iwasawa, Principal, NPO Shonan International School.
Host: Steven Neo Say Bin, 2012 MBA Candidate, GLOBIS University
Date: June 28, 2013
Venue: GLOBIS University Tokyo Campus
Duration: 15:21

Reflection by interviewer:
In an increasingly global landscape, one of the key challenges is being able to adopt an open mindset and to actively interact with our surroundings through sharing our thoughts, experiences, and feelings with other people in order to better understand and accept new ideas and changes. However, through my conversation with Mdm. Gaiety Iwasawa, I learnt that cultivating global diversity in Japan is an uphill task due to key issues such as fear of failure and lack of confidence in sharing thoughts and feelings. As mentioned by Gaiety, the only way forward is to “respect the past and look into the future” by honoring traditional Japanese values while engaging in “play” and nurturing curiosity to debate, discuss, and interact with our surroundings and people so as to build new values and forge new relationships. -- By Steven Neo Say Bin

Guest Speaker

Gaiety established Chigasaki Our Kids Club , a bilingual educational club, and held numerous positions, including Assistant Teacher in International Schools, Educational Planning Coordinator in Chigasaki School Board, Consultant for Teaching Strategies in Foreign Language for Fujisawa School Board. She established Shonan International School in 1996, where she conducted workshops on International Principles in Early Childhood Education, created and conducted educational professional development workshops, and developed and conducted Positive Parenting Workshops. In 2010, she supported the establishment of ABS AlC Bilingual School and became a Business Consultant for Companies through Philosophy of GO-GLOBAL. In 2011, she published a book called "0歳からのハッピー子育て" ( ALC ) which is targeted at new parents with regards to effective strategies on raising infants.

Dialogue Partner

Mr. Steven Neo Say Bin is an avid technologist who is enthusiastic about the latest technologies and media. He began his career as a web developer for a tech start-up, and moved on to developing military tank management systems for ST Electronics, and designing and creating desktop and web applications for Lucasfilm San Francisco and Singapore. After graduating from GLOBIS' full-time MBA program in 2013, his goal is to become a visionary leader that uses technology and media to innovate and change societies. In his free time, he creates cross-platform mobile applications to solve daily issues that he encounters, and blogs about the latest technologies. Find him on LinkedIn: