024 Masaaki Hasegawa: Unleashing creativity for sustainability and happiness
Meet Masaaki, a designer, artist, consultant - and expert on creativity!
Unleash your own creative potential
In this podcast episode, we talk about the importance of education and empowerment of individuals so they can unleash the potential they already have inside of them.
Masaaki believes that everyone is creative and that each of us can use their own creativity to create something great. As author of several books about creativity, he never had a background in practcing arts himself - until someone challenged him to do so. Only two years ago, he decided to demonstrate, that anyone can become an artist, and has been extremely successful with it since. His calligraphy paintings have been featured in more than 10 exhibitions in the past year, and has already been honoured as the global ambassador of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy.
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What role do you play in society?
It's important we all reflect on the different roles each of us play in society, and what the impact is that you leave behind - does it make you happy and reflect your values? Masaaki reminds us that the roles are not given or fixed, and up to us to modify in the way that truly represents the change we want to see. Masaaki himself sees that his role in society, no matter if related to art, design or education is always about empowering others to see their potential, recognise their role and and make a positive difference.
Sustainability as force for innovation
He believes that sustainability allows us to higher our perspective and make new connections that we otherwise would not have seen. It is a way to innovate, find new approaches and create progress. Like this, sustainability can make us more successful both personally and professionally.
Sustainability is something that can accompany you in the longer time and get rid of short-term, narrow-minded thinking. It helps us to be aware of the things in our 'blind spot' and see beyond what we are used to.
Create your own happiness
Lastly, we speak about the moment when what you think, say and do are in harmony: happiness. Masaaki shares how he believes we all can lead a happier life, and share that happiness with those around us. We already have everything it takes to be happy and creative inside of us, so let's live fully, love and do what we believe in, we only have one life after all!
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