Message from CEO
We all are aware of the fact that there are many problems facing us today both at individual and state levels.
- No jobs available even if you want to work
- Many people who are suffering from hunger
- Millions of kids who are unable to go to school
- Wars and conflicts happening somewhere in the world
- Refugees who are forced to leave their countries
- Depletion of natural resources due to overconsumption
- Regions and nations facing the danger of global warming
- Welfare system that cannot support the increasing number of the elderly
The unprecedented disaster caused by Great East Japan Earthquake in March 11, 2011 brought to light the facts that the government of Japan is irresponsible and unprepared for radioactive threats and subsequent incidents, and it is financially strapped. Many people keep looking for those to blame while ignoring the lack of energy and natural disaster safety measures. It is highly likely that they will soon stop worrying and leave all problems to “proper authorities”. In other words, they lack in “a sense of being the party concerned” and are contemplating as if someone else were trying to solve the problems.
We believe this kind of attitude - indifference - is risky and irresponsible. In the time of capitalism, those who lack in self-responsibility - in a real sense they are not independent - will be in trouble when faced with big challenges. As a variety of problems like huge national debt, hollowing-out of industry due to offshoring, and competitive labor market emerge, the existent system that supports those who cry for help seems to be disappearing. Under these circumstances, it is “independence” that we need to develop right now. We are actually dreaming of the society where; everyone take it for granted that they live self-sufficiently without relying on others; and everyone can challenge themselves with kind concern for the people and earth.
Our underlying belief is to incubate and support “independent kind challengers”. As a means to accomplish this aim, we provide a new form of “education”. Rather than just designing a theoretical proposal, participants in Mission on the Ground program (MoG) experience and learn through a “on the ground” project. They meet, collaborate and are challenged by real problems together with social entrepreneurs who are determined to make a difference in emerging Asian nations. They are inspired by the determination to tackle problems that seem too big to be solved by themselves. We aim to create an educational environment that makes the world a more “interesting” place to live through experiences of taking action to make a difference in society and subsequent self-learning. very50’s “Mission on the Ground” program is not just what we provide to make a difference in the world, but also who we are.
Below are some features of MoG program:
- Dealing with social problems not to be ignored in the globalized world as theme
- Delivering an ultra practical program that tackles real problems while learning
- Focusing on global issues, especially in emerging Asian nations
How about making the world a more “interesting” place to live by challenging yourself together with us?
Ryosuke Sugaya, very50 Co-Founder and CEO