Most of the world’s population is now concentrated in urban areas. This has made cities the principal centers for the production and consumption of society.
In the fight against climate change, cities must take the lead. Mega-cities like Tokyo are actively imagining and innovating to address the challenges related to urbanization.
Welcome to Tokyo
Tokyo is the largest city in the world with more than 38 million residents. A city that is facing climate change challenges related to rising sea levels, flooding, precipitation, and a greater frequency of more intense storms. This results in heightened risks for residents, buildings, and public infrastructure.
By the 2050s, high-end projections show sea levels may rise by up to 30 inches, and average annual precipitation could increase as much as 13 percent. Japan, as the first country to overshoot Earth’s resources, is putting more and more attention on the issue as demonstrated by the Environment Minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, who stated that “Japan is committed to realizing a decarbonized society, and we are ready to contribute as a more powerful country in the fight against climate change.” He walks a fine line: his determination to reduce Japan’s reliance on nuclear power would seem to support the Japanese government’s plans to add coal-fired power generation capacity, which in turn increases greenhouse gas emissions.
Tokyo has deep food ritual traditions, which is why Future Food is making Yaesu/Nihonbashi/Kyobashi the Food Innovation destination in Japan. We are highlighting the impact of innovation on climate change in a country with 3.5 million hectares under cultivation including 2 million hectares of rice; high concentrations of fishing (long distance species): 4.7 million tons and over 66% of land covered with forests.
Curriculum & Learning Platform
The Boot Camp is based on an experiential learning approach that allows participants to engage in an international workshop environment comprised of live experiences, challenges, prototyping exercises, teamwork-based innovation challenges, mentorship sessions, and inspirational talks presented by visionary entrepreneurs, policymakers, innovators, and thought leaders. Meet the instructors and mentors.
Cross-Curricular Food Shot
This experiential learning platform enables talented, purpose-driven individuals to optimize their specific food interventions to first, positively impact the five Food Shot areas, identified by the Google Food Team, and ultimately the food-related SDGs.
- ENABLE individuals to make personal, informed food choices for sustainable lifestyles
- SHIFT diets
- ENHANCE food (systems) transparency
- REDUCE loss and waste in food systems
- ACCELERATE the transition to a circular food economy
In addition to the core Food & Climate Shapers Boot Camp content, this program will include the Regenerative Cities thematic track with a focus on the following topics:
– Increase water use efficiency
– Responsible use and production
– Reduce food waste
– Halt deforestation
– Food accessibility
Our Climate Shapers are SEEDERS, talented and charismatic individuals, driving dialogue and change:
- SEEING the challenges of current systems that accelerate climate change and chronic diseases;
- ENVISIONING what needs to be done to improve these systems as a part of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s);
- ENGAGING with people and organizations in their own environments to start making change;
- DOING a pledge to stay actively involved.
Learn more about Boot Camp ‘Climate Shapers.’
All sessions are conducted in English with Japanese translation provided.
Boot Camp “Climate Shapers” are selected through an application process consisting of:
- Online application form
- Brief personal statement of 250 words (within application form)
- Current CV
In addition to an enriching experience, knowledge, and skills, participants who successfully complete the boot camp, and all related activities, will earn a Climate Shaper certificate, from Future Food Institute and FAO elearning academy. This certificate can be displayed on your social media profiles and included in your CV.
Beyond the certificate of completion, Climate Shapers will also have access to the Future Food Alumni network, including invitation to exclusive events and further opportunities for involvement in food transformation initiatives.
The regular Boot Camp participation fee is 1,850.00 euro.
This includes tuition, prototyping materials, and workshops.
If you are applying as part of a company the fee per person is 2,500.00 euro.
If you are a student, an alumnus/a of FIP, FFI/FAO boot camp, FF/YTA, or applying as part of an NGO, a startup, or a non-profit organization, you are entitled to the reduced fee of 975.00 euro.
Frequently ASked Questions
The boot camp is a full time – intensive program.
October TBD – Regenerative Cities Boot Camp
In addition to the program sessions, there will be three community events/dinners and a Hackathon involving the local stakeholders. Lessons end at 2:00pm on the last day of the program.
We suggest that you use a credit card or PayPal. If you are unable to pay with a credit card you can pay via bank transfer. However, if we don’t receive your payment within 7 days, your workshop bookings will be canceled to give your space to another participant.
Yes, we offer a reduced fee for people belonging to an NGO, a startup or a non-profit organization. If you are eligible for this fee, please check the box in the application form. Please note that we may ask you for proof of your eligibility.
All Boot Camp sessions are conducted in English. Japanese translation service will be provided.
Upon admission to the program, you will be contacted for information on your travel plans so that Future Food can assist you with your transportation arrangements.
Sessions are primarily held at the Kyobashi Living Lab, 104-0031 3-6-15 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, with visits to relevant locations in the area.
Transportation to any visits or activities outside of the Living Lab will be provided and coordinated by Future Food.
Public transportation is readily available for any independent excursions.
Accommodations are an additional cost.
Upon admission to the program, Future Food will send you a questionnaire to inquire about your accommodation preferences.
All meals are provided from during the Boot Camp session dates.
Upon admission to the program, you will be sent a questionnaire which will ask about any dietary restrictions.