One Thosand Paper Cranes for Japan: Sembadsuru and Renzuru
Many people have been asking how to support of our upcoming TEDxEarthquake9.0 event next Sunday April 10, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm.
TEDxKRP, with the support of TEDxNUS and the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Centre is organizing a live screening in Singapore, and Tokyo Hackerspace is also hosting a live screening with support from TEDxTokyo. But time differences make it difficult for most of other people to host a live screening of the event.
An alternative way to initiate engagement of those interested with Japan is to enable a simple task anyone can do now and later follow-up with activities related to the presentations showcased by the 20+ speakers at the event on Sunday.
Sembadsuru and Renzuru
The idea is to invite you, your followers and the public in general, to do a paper crane (origami) and send a picture or video of the cranes to us so that we can show them on our website and on the day of the event. We would also have a group of volunteers working on our venue to complete 1,000 cranes and we would ask participants to bring their own cranes on the day of the event.
Japanese tradition states that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes is granted a wish (often related to a future of prosperity or recover from injury, etc.).
What if we could get 1,000 cranes folded in papers with the colors of the flags of each country? What if the pictures or videos include traditional elements from each country? What if we simply just get a large number or cranes sent from the people of the world to show their support for Japan? What if we get survivors of past disasters to send a video of their cranes in their now rebuilt homes or rebuilt communities?
More info is available about the tradition of cranes can be found at:
And instructions for folding a paper crane (and making a 1000 cranes chain) are available at:
Let us know what you think of this idea and how we can improve it further. Tomorrow we will enable this page on our website - http://www.tedxearthquake90.com/cranes - to allow uploading pictures of the cranes and to showcase them as well. We can also invite people to send them to email@example.com or post them to Flickr and send us the link (we can enable a shared pool of photos on twitter too). We can also allow people to submit video presenting their cranes and wishes for Japan.
Looking forward to hear your feedback on this idea...
Ps: After we wrote the above, Kaouru Osera pointed out that the Bezos Foundation will donate US$200,000 to Architecture for Humanity if students create 100,000 paper cranes for Japan. More info at http://studentsrebuild.org/japan/ - let's join that effort at the same time we submit our cranes for TEDxEarthquake9.0