Ever since the Great East Japan Earthquake , there have been growing expectations for social entrepreneurs to play an active part in solving Japanese social issues through business. Amongst the social entrepreneurs, those from the latest generations will now have to include solving global issues as part of their activities.
On June 3rd, 2013, Adnan and Nadia Mahmud, co-founders of Jolkona – a non-profit organization providing a crowd funding platform for over 120 projects in more than 20 countries, including Japan – gave a speech targeting young people aspiring to become social entrepreneurs.
Introducing examples of global businesses developed by young people, the talk covered various subjects such as using internet as a fundraising platform to support one’s personal project. Their speech, extremely clear and easy to follow, had a profound impact on the audience: everyone was deeply moved by the speakers’ passion and dedication, constantly nodding to show their support and approval of every word they said.
In the discussion period after the speech, participants vigorously exchanged their opinion about the subject. Even during the following networking session were participants queuing in front of the lecturers, wishing to hear more inspiring stories, many staying a long time after the event ended to continue exchanging with them.