Join HBS Online Japan Chapter - 2nd Annual Community Challenge Project | Call for participants

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Join HBS Online Japan Chapter - 2nd Annual Community Challenge Project
Call for participants to create the solution in a team

Harvard Business School Online is announcing its 2nd annual Community Challenge,

to empower our community to help other communities in need. 

This time, HBS Online has the partnership with Sustainable Harvest International.

“For more than 20 years, SHI has worked tirelessly to preserve the environment by partnering with families to improve well-being through sustainable farming. Their program allows low-income, rural families to adopt regenerative agriculture practices that improve their diet, income, and health, while also reversing the degradation of soils, protecting water sources, preserving natural ecosystems, increasing biodiversity, and stabilizing the climate.

Now you can help the organization come closer to achieving its mission.

The Challenge:

Develop a business plan that enables SHI to scale its impact by creating ventures that offset financial costs and increase farmers’ benefits.

You can develop your own unique plan to help SHI scale, or build from one of these ideas:

* Marketing and selling products, such as coffee, plantain chips, and honey, from SHI farms 

* Selling appropriate services, tools, or equipment to farmers in the program 

* Identifying larger institutions in your area that would be interested in providing 
agricultural production training to smallholder farmers using SHI’s model 
Solutions must support ecological-based farms in rural communities while considering affordability, organic integrity, and limitations on mechanized farming. 

Next Steps:

• Use the Community website to organize your event, and gather virtually as a Chapter to brainstorm and develop a solution that will help SHI achieve its scaling goals

• Create a presentation that outlines how your solution could impact SHI and your community

• Submit your solution via email to by July 17th, 2020

• A select group of Chapters will be featured on the HBS Online Business Insights Blog and have the opportunity to speak directly to executives from SHI "

In Japan (Tokyo) Chapter, How to proceed:

-> Join virtual orientation on June 14, Sun, 11:00am-11:40(JST)

Feel free to join us! Please register.

*This event will be recorded for our activity.

What you could get from joining this project:

- Meet new/old friends virtually

- Have an opportunity to do the brainstorming with other members

- Leverage your HBS Online learning experiences and aspiration

- Stimulate your intellectual curiosity from other members

- Refresh your ideas and find different values from other members

- Apply your experiences, strengths and skills

- Be a member to contribute to the challenge in the world and submit a proposal to HBS Online office in Boston


*Those who have completed HBS Online course, 

you have a chance to lead this project and facilitate the team discussion as you like. 

Experienced organizer will support you for driving the project.

Should you like, please tell the organizer at the orientation on June 14.

And more:

- You can invite your friends - even though s/he is not taking HBS Online course.

Note: This Community Challenge project is held by each local chapter, so please contact and join your local chapter. See "Getting involved" :

*If you cannot join on the day, but you are interested in joining the project, 

please feel free to contact organizer from this website's inquiry "Contact Us".

More information on 2nd Annual Community Challenge:


HBS Online Community Guideline:

*Please kindly read in advance of your participation.


  • Emi Shitara

    Emi Shitara

    Harvard Business School Online Tokyo Chapter | United Planet


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  • Satomi Yoshida

    Satomi Yoshida

    Tokyo Chapter Team

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  • Hiroki Yamashita

    Hiroki Yamashita

    Beckman Coulter


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