企業パートナー開発の達人!小川さんのマルチな素顔とは?


[English]

2007年秋。1冊の本との出会いが小川さんの人生を大きく変えることなる。

その本こそ『マイクロソフトでは出会えなかった天職』。そこには自分と同じ年のオトコが、誰もが羨む地位を投げ打って、途上国の子供の教育支援に人生を捧げる姿が書かれていた。大胆な目標とそれまでに培ったビジネススキルと人脈、そしてあきらめない心-―。小川さんの心の中から、何か熱いものが湧き上がってきた。

平日は大手メーカーの営業部長として一線で働くかたわら、ルーム・トゥ・リード(Room to Read)の企業パートナー開発委員会のサポーターとして活動をスタート。ソーシャルビジネスの魅力にはまった小川さんは、昨年3月、立教大学大学院21世紀社会デザイン研究科への入学を決意。そこで出会ったクラスメートの成田さん(松屋銀座勤務)と意気投合し、12月には、松屋銀座でのチャリティプロジェクトを実現させた。そのプロジェクトとは、売上の一部がルーム・トゥ・リードへの寄付となる1個300円のオリジナルバッジを、クリスマス期間中に限定販売するというもの。*たくさんのボランティアのサポートもあり、用意していた7000個はあっという間に完売! 図書室2つを寄付することができた。また、ジョン・ウッドを招いてのトークイベントも開催し、大好評に終わる。初老の女性から、「今まで別の百貨店で買い物をしていたけど、これからは意義のある活動をサポートしている松屋さんで買い物をするわ」と声をかけられた時は、思わず目頭が熱くなったそうだ。

営業部長、ルーム・トゥ・リード・サポーター、スリランカの小学校寄付者、大学院生、世田谷FMのパーソナリティ、6歳の男の子のお父さん―。いくつもの顔を持つ生活は多忙を極めるが、その素顔は終始穏やかで面倒見もよく、メンバーからの信頼も厚い。本年度は慶應大学でマザーハウスの山口絵理子さん、また、早稲田大学でTABLE FOR TWOの小暮真久さんと共にパネル参加するなど、名プレゼンターとしての才能も発揮。小川さんにとってはそのすべてがつながっていて、色々な役割を果たしながら、さらに活躍のステージを広げている。

*今年も松屋銀座でクリスマス・チャリティ・バッジが販売されています!
詳細はこちらで:http://www.matsuya.com/ginza/topics/christmas/badge.html

(取材・文:松丸佳穂)

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▲ 息子を持ってから考え方が大きく変わったという。子供に対して父として何かを残したい。息子が大人になって人生に悩むことがあった時、息子への思いを何かに託したい・・・。小川さんは、スリランカの小学校への寄付(300万円)を決めた。

The Master of Business Development: The Multi-Talent of Hiroshi Ogawa

The Fall of 2007 marked a change in Hiroshi Ogawa’s life.

He had encountered a book – a book called “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World”.?? It described the journey of a man, about his age, who gave up his prestigious job position to dedicate his life to provide education to children in developing countries.? Bold goal, acquired business skill, broad network and the spirit of perseverance — as he read through, Hiroshi found his heart being lit with fire.

He had a day job as the sales group manager of a major electronic manufacturer, and he started wearing another hat as the member of Business Development Committee of Room to Read Tokyo (he now co-leads the committee) .? Being fascinated by social business, Hiroshi decided to enroll himself in Graduate School of Social Design Studies at Rikkyo University in March 2008.? There, he met Nobuyuki Narita, manager at Matsuya Ginza, a luxury department store in Tokyo, who soon became his good friend.?? With their collaborative effort, a charity project came true in December – Matsuya developed an original pin badge*, to be sold during limited period during Christmas at the price of 300 yen each, and portion of the sales will be donated to Room to Read.? Thanks to the support of many Room to Read supporters, the 7,000 badges were sold out, enabling two reading rooms to be established from the donation.? Matsuya also invited John Wood to speak in front of store customer, which was received very well.? Hiroshi was almost in tears when he heard an elderly woman say “I have been shopping in other department stores, but after learning Matsuya’s support of such significant activity, I’m switching my shopping destination”.

A sales group manager,? Room to Read supporter, donor of an elementary school in Sri Lanka, graduate school student, radio personality of FM Setagaya, and a father of six-year old boy —?? with the many hats he wears, Hiroshi naturally keeps himself busy every day, but his face is always in smile, and his friendly persona makes him a reliable leader, trusted by many Room to Read members.? This year, he took part in various speaking engagements, including paneling with Eriko Yamaguchi of Mother House at Keio University and Masahisa Kogure of TABLE FOR TWO at Waseda University, proving his great presentation skill.?? Though it may seem like he is playing various roles, in his view, they are all connected, and he continues to explore new arena to exercise his talent.

*The Christmas charity badge is on sales again this year at Matsuya Ginza!
For details : http://www.matsuya.com/ginza/topics/christmas/badge.html

(text by Kaho Matsumaru / translation & edit by Tomoko Naoe)

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Hiroshi’s view of the world changed the minute he had a son.? His wish, as a father, to leave something valuable for his son resulted in donating three million yen to Room to Read to construct an elementary school in Sri Lanka.? He hopes that his son, when faced with a challenge in his life, will remember that his father left it to show his affection.