October 2, 2008 – Yasuhiko Genku Kimura

October 2, 2008

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Yasuhiko Genku Kimura
Founder and Chairman, Vision-In-Action

Creating a Culture of Responsibility:
Principle and Practice of Responsibility as Applied to
Personal Life and Business

Yasuhiko Genku Kimura is a Buddhist philosopher-scholar who incorporates Objectivist/libertarian philosophy in his political philosophy and business consulting.

In public discourse, he says, we hear more about the violation of individual rights than about the abdication of individual responsibility.

Yet, he claims, it is the abdication of individual responsibility that leads to the violation of individual rights, for it is intrinsic in the nature of responsibility that responsible individuals respect and honor the rights of self and others.

Today, according to Kimura, we live amid a pandemic of irresponsibility — irresponsibility within governments, business, education, the media, the arts, academe and other sectors.

In this culture of rampant irresponsibility, he says, responsibility as such has become almost a forgotten ethical value and moral virtue. It’s the responsible action that alone carries with it the requisite integrity that brings about real change.

Therefore, on his view, unless we can transform the present culture of irresponsibility into a culture of responsibility, social movement of any kind will bear only bitter fruit, if any.

Yasuhiko Genku Kimura is founder and chairman of Vision-In-Action. He’s also the president and creative director of the Vision-In-Action Leadership Institute.

He’s a philosopher, Buddhist priest and scholar, corporate leadership consultant and social entrepreneur.

Since 1998 he’s written three books, contributed to fourth and written over 50 essays in the fields of philosophies of ethics, science and business. He’s lectured and given seminars widely in the U.S., Europe and Asia. On his website, you can read his essay “Higher Individualism” (PDF), which deals with individualism from a spiritual, in contradistinction to secular, perspective.

Some of his signature essays are online.

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

General Society Library
20 West 44th St.
Between 5th & 6th avenues, near Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.,
B, D, F, V to 42nd St. – Sixth Ave., or
1, 2, 3, 9, N, Q, R, S, or W to Times Square – 42nd St.

Admission is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.


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