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James Koshiba

Founder of Kanu Hawai‘i

About the Speaker:

James Koshiba is a community organizer, social entrepreneur, and consultant. He co-founded and was CEO of Kanu Hawaii, a nonprofit that works to encourage sustainable behavior change and collective action. Kanu built a membership of 18,000 individuals spread across every Hawaiian island, 300 U.S. mainland communities and 12 countries in under 5 years. It's blend of commitment based public engagement has been emulated by national organizations including the Points of Light Institute, the TED-Prize winning Charter for Compassion, and the National 9/11 Commission. James also founded Envision Hawaii, which has provided networking and professional development opportunities for young public servants and social entrepreneurs for the past decade.  He supports a variety of start-up social ventures, including Mindful Hawaii, a resource for mindful living, island style.

Discussion Topic:

James will talk about the power of commitment, vulnerability, and story in building successful enterprises that engage a mass audience - nonprofit, for-profit, and in between.


Inspiring Innovation Speaker Series with James Koshiba from Shidler College of Business on Vimeo.