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This past week was a very busy one for me with on-line survey related to career in the 21st century, series of teleconferencing late at night, seminar on Summer Davos and two shows by Shiki Theatre Company–Southern Cross and ROKUMEIKAN.
On-line survey was done five days consecutively. I posed a question, “Do you have role model for your career, now that things have changed drastically with high employment rate and restructuring?” and people voted either Yes or NO with comments. The way it worked was that I receive several comments from the people, write a column which encourages more discussion. The votes change every minute and comments keep coming in. On Friday, I write a summary of the discussion over the past five days.
It is fun and a great way to get the sense of how people feel/think about career and other things. At the same time, it is quite a time pressure as you need to write comments every day. (In fact, I felt quite relieved when I finished my summary at 8:00 a.m. on Friday.)

With the survey going on and three different teleconferencing (each ranging from 1 hour to close to 2 hours, and they happen late at night to accommodate people at different locations –9:00 a.m. east coast time is 10:00 p.m. Tokyo time), I was under constant time pressure.

We also had a seminar Friday afternoon, entitled “Global Agenda Series–What happened in Dalian where Summer Davos was held.” Professor Heizo Takenaka and I talked about our experience in Dalian and the issues discussed there. It was fun doing the session with Prof. Takenaka, as he is very articulate, and has a great rhythm. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and I trust majority of those who attended the seminar enjoyed it as well. (We could have made it a bit longer, probably, and could have shown more visuals during the session.)

On top of that, I went to see two shows done by Shiki Theatre Company. Though it was a busy week, it gave me a lot to think about.

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