Secret For Innovation: Shokunin
The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning.
The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. …
The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people. This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.” – Tasio Odate
No ego. No nonsense. No procrastination.
Whether it’s an abandoned building or a vacant lot, we ask ourselves the important questions:
Will our results leave the community in a better place than when we began?
Will our ideas lead to greater sustainability?
Do we have the right team to ensure that we can turn our ideas into reality?
What we do:
Mosaic Development Partners identifies real estate projects that have the potential to bring positive change to a community. We seek sustainable developments, job creation, diversity and community acceptance. We partner with those who share our vision and add value. We take on the tough problems.
Where others fail or give up, we find innovative solutions—subtle or radical—that help bring a project to fruition.
About Mosaic Development Partners
Mosaic was established in 2008 with the intention to help revitalize neighborhoods and marginalized communities. Working through in one of the most difficult economic recessions, its founders. Leslie Smallwood–Lewis and Gregory Reaves, remained persistent, faithful and focused. Then and now, we focus on building new ideas, especially in locations where solutions aren’t obvious. We build with community and cultural sensitivity in mind. We hire professionals and others who have been historically excluded from this industry. We seek to bring solid returns to our investors and lenders.
Principal, Managing Member
Over 28 years of executive level management experience in the pharmaceutical and real estate industry
Experienced in Development, Operations, Sales and Marketing and Commercial leasing
Over 25 years of legal and real estate development expertise
Has acquired and developed highly-visible real estate projects in Philadelphia
Knowledgeable in all aspects of acquisitions, entitlements, development and public financing