“The purpose of the company has always been twofold: to benefit society as well as the team members who make up the fabric of the company.”
-Sakichi Toyoda, Founder of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works
The Toyota Way 2001, states that Toyota’s guiding principle is to contribute to the economy and society. This philosophy became known as “long-term mutual prosperity” for all stakeholders. What if this philosophy and model of the “Quality People Value Stream” was extended outside of the business context and into the larger community? What if the center of value focused on all members of a community? If every community member could learn and grow by being trained to solve problems, then all would be empowered to contribute to society. Thus, a core objective of society is to help all people “learn and grow”, regardless of their current situation.
Just as Toyota extensively develops people throughout their employment, we propose to extend the scope of human development through ‘Value Streams of Humanity’. In seeking to understand this extension of the “people value stream” into communities, we have discovered that there are many complex problems or “angry clouds” within our community systems – homelessness, joblessness, drug addiction, and medical inability. In response to these issues, we call upon the learning of others with a similar mission.