Seunga Seo (Jena)

Where Jena is from

Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

 

Interview

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

Judge, at 5, influenced by one TV program.

 

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

Diplomat, Like to work in international environment and to learn foreign languages.

 

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

3 years ago, I had worked for one field for 12years so wanted to change my career into more meaningful by using what I had got from my education and career.  One day, I read one book about social enterprise and decided to study it.

 

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

Social entrepreneurs are activists who are willing to change the problem they get aware of. Public sectors cannot change all of them and not for profit organizations are lack of independence and sustainability regarding to financial recourses.  So I believe social entrepreneurs could generate changes with a sustainable form of business.

 

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

The purpose of job can differ and social entrepreneurs work for the purpose, not for money and not for pride.  If you work for the purpose, you never get bored and meaningless.

 

What is your favorite quote? Who said that quote?

“Everything has the first moment”

“Nothing can be done without efforts”

 

Who Jena is

Jena does not express herself very much, but you can easily tell how kind she is because “kindness” goes off from her. She never hesitates to support you or help you in any way that she can. Her hospitality reminds you of your mother.

Jena looks fragile but actually, she is not fragile at all. I know that she is strong because she can control her emotions and feelings in front of people. I would say that Jena is the most mature person among our classmates.

She is calm all the time and good at calming you down as well.

 

Awesome Episode

On the last day that all the MSEs (our classmates; Master of Social Entrepreneurship) were in San Francisco, I gave a letter to each of them to show how much I was grateful to them throughout the year.

Jena texted me later, saying that it had made her cry. She also thanked me that we became classmates.

She is so sweet and always texts a personal message when I do something for her.

It describes Jena’s personality. She is very thoughtful.

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The Power of MSE

What Jena 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 Jena 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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