Where Joachim is from
What was your dream when you were a kid? What was the reason?
My dream was to become a professional soccer player. It’s always been my favorite sport, even until this day.
What was your dream when you were 18 years old? What was the reason?
My dream was to travel the world and see everything. Around that time I found great interest in experiencing different cultures and places.
What made you start thinking about social entrepreneurship/social enterprises? When was that?
I’ve always viewed social enterprises as ineffective, and the idea of changing this motivated me to dig deeper into social entrepreneurship. I believe it was in my early twenties that I got more interested towards this direction.
How much do you think social entrepreneurs play an important role in the world?
Social entrepreneurs play a huge role in today’s world. We need smart people to solve big problems, which means pursuing crazy and unlikely options to achieve previous unachievable results/outcomes.
What would you say to future social entrepreneurs / those who are interested in social entrepreneurs?
If you want to be creative, inventive and impacting the world in a positive way, this is for you.
What is your favorite quote? Who said that quote?
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them. – Albert Einstein
Who Joachim is
Joachim is a very positive guy and very, very funny. People around him cannot stop laughing and smiling. I do not think that he can stop making people laugh and smile either. That is one of the talents that he has. It is a very important skill to help people and make the world a better place.
Joachim is also a typical nice guy; you would say that too when you meet him. He is easygoing, chill and relaxed, not someone who takes anything too seriously. When you are with him, you are able to think that nothing is the end of the world and can move on from things easily. This is especially important for me because, I am someone who takes things seriously so I have so many things to learn from him.
Joachim works out a lot, so his body is like a rock with muscles. My fists were almost broken when I punched him, haha. It makes him strict on himself. Yes, Joachim is not only someone who can be relaxed all the time but is also someone who does what he has got to do to get things done.
“Osaka!!” “Trondheim!!” This “shout out loud” with each other is “How are you?” for us. Obviously, Osaka is the city where I am from in Japan and Trondheim is the one where Joachim is from in Norway.
That was when we met for the first time. When I introduced myself to Joachim and told him that I am from Osaka, he suddenly turned so happy, saying “I know Osaka!” He has actually never been to Osaka, but a T-shirt that he used to have a few years ago said OSAKA! Since then, we call each other OSAKA and TRONDHEIM instead of our names, haha.
I know that it sounds stupid, and actually it IS stupid, but everyone in our class knows about it and it is our thing. It always feels good when you have something only special between you.
The Power of MSE
What Joachim is holding is a symbol called “go-en(ご縁)”, which means ‘fate’, ’destiny’ and ’special tie.’
I believe that it is meant to be that we met in San Francisco! I studied Social Entrepreneurship with Joachim for a year, saying “We will make the world a better place.” I would love to spend the rest of my life with MSEs (Master of Social Entrepreneurship; my classmates) until the very day I die. They have already completely changed my life.
At the same time, however, I also think that we should not be together all the time, because that is not the reason why we learned Social Entrepreneurship. That is not how we will deliver the impact we want to give to society and to the world.
I think MSEs are like dandelions. We were seeded at the first day at Hult and we bloomed on our graduation day. Our mission is that we spread all over the world like dandelions and seed the future, the next generation, from each place where each of us has landed.
本当にありがとう(Honto ni Arigato-); Thank you very very much for everything!! The world needs you! Let’s make the world a better place together!!