Luke Barbagallo

Director, Creative Suburbs2016 Melbourne Fellowship

Luke Barbagallo MelbFP16

CSL gave me the tools to convert my frustration into hope

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

CSL gave me the tools to convert my frustration into hope

Why are you passionate about sustainability?

I'm passionate about sustainability because it's not just a lifestyle choice or a political preference, but because it is what's required of humanity, collectively, to ensure the longevity of not only our species, but of all the other species on this planet. I believe we have a responsibility to ensure equity between all people, of all nations, and this starts with creating environmentally and socially sustainable communities, economies and political systems that are focussed on transitioning from fossilised fuels and neoliberal capitalism. The trigger moment that led to be pursuing my personal passion as my professional passion was seeing the widening gap between my personal values systems and that of my profession and job description - and I was sick of it!

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

CSL helped illuminate the pathway that I needed to embark on, both personally and professionally. The biggest element of this illumination process was giving me a fantastic toolbox for self development, and access to a network of amazing alumni and sustainability professionals who had all taken similar leaps in the past. This in turn led to a period of self discovery and imparted a lot of self belief that I could instigate, curate, and participate in change initiatives.

Why is sustainability leadership important?

Our actions now have potential life or death ramifications for our grandchildren, and so sustainability leadership is about curating a legacy to be proud of.

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

The next step on my sustainability journey will be to launch a relentless campaign of asking ‘why’ of the established power structures, our economic, political and societal systems. I am eager to facilitate and encourage others to ask 'why', with the intention that it spreads and instigates change as we, collectively as a society, question every established form of domination instituted by one human over another.

I'm excited to be a participant in a collective journey towards sustainability, founded in hope, and driven by an inquisitive, unanimous society hell-bent on realising a better tomorrow.

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

Empowering. Transformative. Affirming.

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