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Member Spotlight: Mamoru Sekiguchi

Pachamama Alliance • 25 June 2018

Mamoru is an Awakening the Dreamer Facilitator and Game Changer Intensive Moderator with NPO Seven Generations in Japan. You can learn more about Mamoru on his profile page.

MamoruWhere do you currently live?

I am living in Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It's actually a quite busy place. Very convenient to live though sometimes costly. Because of the concentration of everything, this place might be a great place for us to spread the New Story. Unfortunately, we have not much of natural environment around here; however, with a bike ride we can enjoy trees and grass field, and even pony rides!

What are some ways you like to spend your time?

Years ago, I was an outdoor enthusiast enjoying activities such as rock climbing, river kayaking, standup paddle surfing, snowboarding, swimming with dolphins, and so on. Recently, I'm spend most of my time with my two daughters, although I'm always trying to find the time to go out again. Watching how 6 years and 4 years grow and sharing the same joyful moments are actually my biggest passion nowadays. 

Last year, I participated John P. Milton's "Sacred Passage" at Crestone, Colorado. It was a profound experience to be in wilderness and cultivating relationship with mother earth. I am keep on practicing to deepen my connection with nature. I started sharing such wisdom with people living in Tokyo. 

How did you first connect with Pachamama Alliance?

My first encounter with Pachamama Alliance program was in the end of 2011 when I participated Awakening the Dreamer in Tokyo. Early in the same year, a huge earthquake hit the east coast of Japan and caused a nuclear accident. My wife was an expecting mother at that time. This series of events made me think how I live and how I want to live. So the timing was really right. A few years later, I took the Awakening the Dreamer Facilitator Training provided by NPO Seven Generations.

What is a memory or experience with Pachamama Alliance that stands out for you?

At the time I first experienced the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium in Japan, I was working for a corporate training company. Some trainees were coming to programs from corporations like the railway company or electric utilities. I was not sure whether my work was contributing to the sustainable world. I started wonder whether I am spending my time and energy for sustainable, just, and thriving future or contributing the world I'd rather not to go. Drew Dellinger's voice asking "What did you do once you knew?" wheeled around in my head. I decided to quit my job and started working for Greenpeace Japan as an energy (or I'd rather say nuke) campaigner for one and half years.

Greenpeace life didn't last long though. I found out the story they are telling that we are good and others (such as utilities or corporates) are wrong will not serve for the world I wanted to create. The destruction might be delayed but not disappear by polarizing and competing against each other.

Then, I decided to leave the organization and start what I call "Awakening the Dreamerish work" as my profession including the work of Seven Generations such as Awakening the Dreamer facilitation, Game Changer Intensive Japanese translation and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) game and so on.

What is something you are proud to be doing in service of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet?

We, Seven Generations members, made the Game Changer Intensive available to Japanese audiences in Japanese since January 2017! Maybe no need to explain why it's so important. Japanese people living in modern industrial and consumption world really need a New Story, a New Dream, and the opportunities for becoming Game Changers. As Paul Hawken said in 2008, I really think that Pachamama Alliance is the most important organization, and so is Seven Generations in Japan. There are tons of organizations working for activities and campaigns but not so many working for internal shift in a persuasive way as Pachamama Alliance does. In the same way, Seven Generations is the most important organization in Japan. I'm so proud of myself participating such an important work of our time. 

What is something that you would like to see change in the world in the next 10 years?

I'd like to see the reversal of global warming not as a possibility but as the reality. Instead of people confronting each other but listening and affirming each other, Drawdown solutions will be going forth and the effect will be not only making the climate better but also improving many other areas. 

10 years form now is jut few years to the timeline of SDGs by the UN. To me, achieving SDGs is just means of realizing the world we all are longing for. And making it happen, what we need is to reclaiming and reframing the meaning of "development." I'd like to see the world is gaining better understanding of who human beings are and reframed understanding of development which is, in our terminology, evolution of human being in the universe story.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I feel so honored to be in such a great community. Thank you all in Pachamama Alliance for making ceaseless effort for realizing thriving, just and sustainable future! I believe what we are doing now will bring my two daughters and their children, their grandchildren and all future generations environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling world!