Innovators Network


The Innovators Network is a multidisciplinary network of emerging and established innovative leaders committed to creating a better world. The Network explores new potential for U.S.-Japan collaboration by connecting people and ideas through network-building exchanges, private retreats, public forums, and long-term projects. Since its inception in 2005, Network members meet to generate ideas for collaboration, and wider discussion is facilitated through public forums featuring the work of the participants.

Network initiatives have explored issues such as community and economic revitalization, building essential skills for social innovators, business and social entrepreneurship, post disaster crisis management, relief and long-term recovery, the role of design in social change, leadership and innovation, and the role of play in fostering creativity and innovation.

Japan Society is committed to connecting innovative leaders from Japan, the U.S. and other countries who are working to create social value and catalyze change for a better future.


Betty Borden, Director
Fumiko Miyamoto, Senior Program Officer

Betty Borden
Betty Borden is the Director of the Innovators Network, a unique collaborative program that brings together creative Japanese and Americans who are pursuing innovative and often groundbreaking ideas to improve their communities and society. The Network provides opportunities for these leaders to build enduring relationships, learn from each other, inspire each other, and collaborate. She is also responsible for the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, a $14 million fund Japan Society started after the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake to support relief and long term recovery in Tohoku.  Before coming to Japan Society, Betty worked at The Asia Foundation in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for program development and Executive Branch and Congressional relations and she worked for a U.S. Senator as a legislative aide. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University.

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