Laura Issell

Director, Event Manager & Facilitator, Put Your Heart Into It2016 Melbourne Fellowship

Laura Kate Issell MelbFP16

Leadership can create better systems, businesses and projects that help to create the next revolutionary change

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

A clearer vision and skills to collaborate on large scale community projects for change and the confidence to keep building a community.

Why are you passionate about sustainability?

I am passionate about sustainability because i believe that through education, quality facilitation and workshops we can create change and empower others with the tools they need to make a difference. I decided to become a change maker to empower others to make considered decisions when it comes to consumption and to educate people on sustainable creative direction and practices at events. I believe through events we can send strong messages for change.

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

CSL has helped to confirm that i was on the right track and empowered me with the tools and skills to work on even bigger community events and projects. The support and assistance from other participants and facilitators has strengthened my knowledge base and given me an endless supply of practical advice. Thanks to CSL i am now working on connecting people with Aboriginal culture and knowledge through the Enquiring Minds events with the collaborating community of experts expanding every day to support this important work. I have also expanded my network of teachers for my workshop business through the CSL alumni. Giving the teachers and facilitators a platform to share their expertise with a line up of new sustainability workshops i am curating.

Why is sustainability leadership important?

Leadership for Sustainability is an integral part of shifting mindsets and encouraging change within our governments, councils and communities for the better. We need to protect, respect and acknowledge what the environment provides us. Through leadership we can keep conversations happening to make the changes we need to sustain this world. Leadership can create better systems, businesses and projects that help to create the next revolutionary change.

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

Employ Aboriginal people to do what they do best, what ever that may be. Support Aboriginal owned and operated businesses, artists and performers. Continue to build a diverse community that allows people to feel connected to the land as well as feel supported in their mission to do good and express themselves freely. Grow the Enquiring Minds event series by gaining funding, sponsors to give Australian Aboriginal people a stage to share stories and spread knowledge. It’s a chance for us to celebrate our culture and include the knowledge in our every day lives and let all community members be involved in that process. Continue to foster an open minded, flexible work environment that allows people to bring their whole selves to work with out judgment. Strengthen my business so that artists, change makers and professionals doing good things have a new audience and platform to spread their own positive messages of change. Continue to share the abundance that life and the land provides to create a rub off effect of sharing. Thus changing the norm of an individualistic materialistic way or mindset . Encourage others to consider buying ethically and locally through carefully considered and styled events. Through EVERY workshops and event I hold, I will continue to find ways to educate and inspire individuals to make small changes in their life and consider the impact their choices have whilst improving my own sustainability procedures and environmental impact.

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

Empowering, Explorative, Supportive

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