Edward Langham

Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS2015 Sydney Fellowship

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Sustainability requires rapid, systemic change inspired by personal and collective action.

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?

The insight that creating change is about who we take along for the ride and how to better connect with them

Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?

We are part of an incredible natural system. I’ve always wanted to help more people reconnect with their sense of natural wonder, so they can see that sustainability is an integral foundation of society rather than something we can take or leave. I chose to work in delivering a deep and rapid transition to clean energy, as I’ve always seen the energy sector as the biggest contributor to the trickiest problems we’re likely to encounter over the course of my lifetime.

How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?

CSL gave me the time, reflective space and tools to think through where to go next to make the most impact with my skills and experience, both professionally and personally.

In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.

Sustainability requires rapid, systemic change inspired by personal and collective action. To achieve this we need humble leaders who both inspire deeply and bring together.

What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

I’m shifting my research focus to generate better understanding about how the mechanics of our economy and daily lives would operate in a world without persistent economic growth. I hope to start some nuanced debate about what kind of ‘growth’ we want as a society, and how this end goal shifts the choices we make today.

What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?

Reflective, impactful, connective.

Ed can be contacted via email: edward.langham@uts.edu.au or via twitter: @edergy

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