Cogent Language

Cogent Language builds know-how in design, collaboration, and project management. We are approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a training provider. Our stock in trade is project-based learning for global careers. For more than a decade, our customers have been domestic and global companies in Japan. They include top-of-the-line firms in IT, finance, engineering, pharmaceuticals, and publishing.

In these dynamic fields, problem-solving and creativity are essential capabilities. Developing them is a core competency of Cogent Language. Each of our courses is a creative journey, with learning paths that are personal, playful, collaborative, and constructive. On them, bilinguals and English speakers explore, develop, and test solutions that could add value in their own real worlds. By modeling such systems in context, each participant develops creative and design skills, while all participants make potential contributions to their organizations.

Cogent Language also works with groups outside the private sector with a focus on innovation. We serve universities interested in design thinking, entrepreneurship, or project management, as well as international schools wishing to begin or enhance career-oriented programs, including project-based learning (PBL) or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) .

For individuals and firms in Tokyo, we have a portfolio of programs, as well as customized training and consulting. For schools anywhere in Japan, we offer a full spectrum of services, all with strong emphasis on learning via projects.

New Short Courses for 2019!

Silicon Valley Design (SVD)

Where did all Steve Jobs' ideas come from? Enter his world and find out!

From electrical engineers, hackers, and venture capitalists to hippies and ecotopians - these inspiring mindsets turned young Jobs into an "insanely great" designer. For better or worse, these same mindsets now drive innovation around the world.

This series introduces the diverse and powerful ways that Silicon Valley does design. Each course is an intensive workshop in one creative mindset. Meet its key people, and learn their concepts, language, and approaches to design. Then, try them out in a mini-project of your own!

If you need to make presentations to technical people, you can learn how by watching Steve Jobs and his heros in Workshop 1: "Engineeers Model Systems". It looks at Silicon Valley pioneers like Bob Noyce, founder of Intel, mentor of Jobs, and co-inventor of the computer chip. See how he and his co-workers informed design by modeling systems. Then, model your own, and do technical walkthrus like Valley engineers did...and still do.

Workshop 2 looks at the crazy ones, the Beatniks, who took off like roman candles from San Francisco, when and where Jobs was born.

The series takes off this year in Harajuku, Tokyo's own capital of innovation. There, with a Silicon Valley mindset, what might you design?