Jordan Baez

Where Jordan is from

Lyon, France

 

Interview

What was your dream when you were a kid? What was the reason?

I wanted to be a movie actor. I’ve loved cinema since I was 10, it enabled me to escape from the real world.

 

What was your dream when you were 18 years old? What was the reason?

I had no dream. I was just going with the flow, waiting to see what would happen next.

 

What made you start thinking about social entrepreneurship/social enterprises? When was that?

I thought it would be nice to work in business development for companies that do good, but I didn’t know it existed for real until I found a MOOC about SocEnt last year.

 

How much do you think social entrepreneurs play an important role in the world?

Right now, not a very important role, sadly, but I’m sure it’s vowed to grow more and more. They will hopefully become a great source of inspiration.

 

What would you say to future social entrepreneurs / those who are interested in social entrepreneurs?

That you don’t have to chose between what’s good for yourself & what’s good for others. You can work for the private sector and do good at the same time

 

What is your favorite quote? Who said that quote?

“Women are convinced they are filled up with wisdom, even when they poop.” – Amelie Nothomb

 

Who Jordan is

Jordan has said to me that he is not a leader type, but I do not agree with that. I believe that Jordan is a true leader.

A person who only takes the initiative and stand in front of people does not define a leader. A leader is a person who “leads” others to somewhere and who guides people. He reacts and responds faster than others when our classmates post, request something or ask for help and shares anything valuable for them. It’s an essential element to be a leader, I believe.

Jordan does stand against someone or something that he does not agree with or even that we do not agree with on behalf of all of us. He has  courage like that. He can say what all of us want to say against people who have power to change the situations or to make the situations better.

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Awesome Episode

Jordan held his birthday party last year. He chose a beautiful place, an outside bar on Embarcadero Street, so we celebrated his birthday there first. Then we moved to a jazz bar in Castro. In the end, it turned out to be a classic and artistic, very fun party.

It was in October last year, which was three weeks after we started our MSE (Master of Social Entrepreneurship) program, so it became a nice MSE bonding opportunity to get to know each other more.

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The Power of MSE

What Jordan 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 Jordan 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!!

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