After considering what the future of a “sustainable and harmonious society” could be, we will identify and lay out the numerous challenges that must be solved. Specifically, we will host an SSI Salon that will bring together people from inside and outside the university to discuss ideas for a future society and summarize the challenges facing their realization. At this stage, we will start to collaborate with various stakeholders in society as well as researchers.
For each challenge that is identified, we will create a “Core Project” team to include core members made up of two or three campus-based researchers. (Core Projects are carried out by SSI itself. Aside from these, we also have “Joint Projects” supported by the SSI). One core member for each Core Project will serve as a project leader. Core members will bring together other members from the university and off-campus research institutions, public sector agencies, and industry. Each team will be composed of 10 to 15 people, hold regular seminars and workshops, and conduct fieldwork as necessary to move forward with research. As a rule, the typical project duration is one to three years. The status of projects will be posted on our website, and incorporating various opinions of our activities will lead to policy recommendations at the end of the project.
Through efforts to identify, summarize, and tackle these various problems, we will conceptualize and propose new social systems for bringing about a sustainable and harmonious society. After holding symposia and forums that cut across the project teams, we will propose prospective new systems. Based on these concepts for updated systems, we will identify further problems that need to be solved. In other words, we will return to Step 1 and begin a new round.