Slow prosperity: empathy and (small) business by Gianfranco Chicco

On April 14th 2023 I hosted an online session called “Slow prosperity: Empathy and Business” with 6th generation Japanese master craftsman Takahiro Yagi of Kaikado. Kaikado has been making tea caddies – 茶筒, chazutsu – since 1875.

The wide-ranging conversation followed some of the topics covered in Taka’s book, “共感と商い” (“Empathy and Business”), published in March 2023, and this was the first time he was talking about it in English. From the essence of his work to why he vows for an alternative model to extreme consumerism, from experimenting with alternative materials like plastic and carbon fibre to superfans (押し, oshi). We even talked about ChatGPT!

Read the full article on The Craftsman Newsletter.


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