Focus on Innovation

Cogent Language builds know-how in design, collaboration, and project management. Our stock in trade is project-based learning for global careers. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has approved us as a training provider.

Our clients are those in Japan with a focus on innovation. Domestic and global companies here have chosen us for more than a decade. Our customers include top-of-the-line firms in IT, finance, engineering, pharmaceuticals, and publishing.

In these dynamic fields, creativity and design are essential. Developing these capabilities is a core competency of Cogent Language. Each of our courses is a creative journey, with learning paths for native speakers and bilinguals. These paths are personal, playful, collaborative, and constructive. On them, participants explore, design, and test systems that may bring success of their teams. By modeling such systems in context, each participant develops creative and design skills while all make potential contributions to their organizations.

We also work with innovative communities outside the private sector. We serve universities interested in design thinking, entrepreneurship, or project management, as well as international schools wishing to do project-based learning (PBL) or to enhance their ongoing PBL, internship, or career-focused programs.

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 Workshops for 2019!

Silicon Valley Problem-Solving (SVPS)

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" solver of problems. For better or worse, these same mindsets now drive innovation around the world.

This series introduces the diverse and powerful ways that Silicon Valley solves problems. Each course is an intensive workshop in one creative mindset. Meet its key people, and learn their concepts, language, and problem-solving approaches. 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 solved problems 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 create?

SVPS 1: Engineers Model Systems

SVPS 2: Beatniks Write Like Crazy

(By Michiel Hendryckx - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,