Lectures by Mr. Satoru Inoue, a Social Entrepreneur were conducted

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Lectures by Mr. Satoru Inoue, a Social Entrepreneur were conducted

Lectures by Mr. Satoru Inoue, a Social Entrepreneur, on Dec. 9 and January 6.

Mr. Satoru Inoue who owns and runs The Inoue Brothers conducted creative dialogue sessions with the IBSP students on Dec. 9 and Jan. 6. Titled “Can fashion be a force for good?”, he argued that “social entrepreneurship” is not just pursuing the profit but aiming social values and positive changes in the society through the business. Fashion (and its expression) has been a source of personal identity and expression and is deeply connected to human nature and behavior. But, the fashion industry is also the third most polluting industry in the world. He explained in depth the three institutional guidelines of The Inoue Brothers, such as sustainability, fair and direct trade, and no investors involvement. In the following session, the students presented the findings of their research. Mr. Inoue inspired the students’ minds and encouraged them to become more conscious consumers and members of the global society.

The excerpts of comments from the students attended are as follows.

  • “I was deeply inspired to become a Social Entrepreneur myself.”
  • “It was such a pleasure to have this golden opportunity to listen to a successful entrepreneur on how they overcame obstacles they faced throughout the journey.”
  • “The session was really interesting and it gave me real insight in the real world business.”
  • “It gave me hope that there are businesses out there that genuinely work for the betterment of people and the planet.”
  • “What struck me the most about what Mr. Inoue said is that it all boils down to the gratitude for being a part of life, of being a part of humanity, for living in this planet, and that our existence depends on the resources available to us in the world.”
  • “Mr. Inoue shared his vision and his belief of the importance of thinking about the impact that we are creating. It is not always about profit and money, but the changes that each of us could create as an individual. I think this also correlated with Soka University’s principle of value creation. I will always remember this throughout my life and in my future job to create changes in our society.”