Where Michael is from
What was your dream when you were a kid? What was the reason?
To be a scientist, I guess it was because I think scientists are those guys with most of knowledge.
What was your dream when you were 18 years old? What was the reason?
To travel the world. To experience different cultures. The reason was that I thought travelling could change a person
What made you start thinking about social entrepreneurship/social enterprises? When was that?
After the graduation of my bachelor, I wanted to be an entrepreneur and I though academic knowledge could help me to achieve that.
How much do you think social entrepreneurs play an important role in the world?
If there is a percentage of the possibility, my answer can be 10%.
What would you say to future social entrepreneurs / those who are interested in social entrepreneurs?
Make sure your social business can survive. Business skills are essential. Good will does not guarantee a good outcome.
What is your favorite quote? Who said that quote?
Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things. – Pierce Harris, Atlanta Journal
Who Michael is
Michael is such a smart person. His opinions and points that he makes are very sharp — you could say nothing to argue with them. First of all, he always seems confident and I can tell that he believes in himself, so he never makes things vague but clearly clear. Michael is basically a calm person, but it does not mean that he looks weak. In fact, it feels like he has a lot of depth according to his leonine dignity.
On the contrary, Michael is very friendly. He is adorable when he smiles and laughs. I understand that it does not sound right to say that, but that is the truth. I would say that his biggest strength is the gap between his “on” and “off.”
Michael is funny as well and often makes us laugh mostly by his words. It tells us that he has quick thinking and his brain works very well. He speaks Spanish fluently, I cannot tell how good it is because I do not understand Spanish though, but you can see how talented Michael is. He is just awesome!
We did a teamwork exercise in a class one day. The exercise is called “Marshmallow Challenge,” in which you with your team build a tower with several pieces of spaghetti, a roll of tape, string and a marshmallow on top of the tower. You compete to see which tower is the highest, so your creativity, wisdom, teamwork are required. However, and most importantly, your leadership is measured through the exercise.
After the exercise was over, our facilitator let us share how the process went for each team. I still remember that one of the team members of Michael shared with us that they followed Michael all the time because he took the leadership position well and they trusted him. They also said that they relied on Michael’s decision making.
I believe that some people were born as leaders, and I realized that Michael is one of them; a natural leader.
The Power of MSE
What Michael 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 Michael 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!!