Late in the afternoon, on January 19th, after giving a lecture at my Keio SFC course (which I intend to write about later), I joined a panel (in Japanese) at the 2nd anniversary of the Commons 30 Fund (in Japanese) founded by my friend, Mr. Ken Shibusawa.
The panel was hosted by Mr. Shibusawa and I was supposed to have a dialogue with Mr. Kenichi Fukuhara, the CFO of Benesse and the head office manager of Corporate Communication (I knew this much beforehand….) Then, I discovered that the theme was education. Just the right topic for me!
Mr. Fukuhara showed slides titled ‘Escape from Galapagos Island’. His intention was to deliver a strong message that Japanese education was also changing to a Galapagos. Quite shocking! Then, the topic shifted to ‘the insular mindset of Japanese youth’, which is popular these days.
Given his message, I responded by saying ‘it is not the youth which has problems, but the generation of their parents, and the older’ (Ref.1, 2) (Ref.3, 4 in Japanese).
I have been focusing on this message for 1-2 months.
This provoking panel is uploaded on UStream. I feel a bit embarrassed to show this to you, but the future of the youth comes first.
The key, always, is to see the essence within the big picture.