Manon Piazza

Product Designer2014 August Intensive Fellowship

Manon Piazza

We need more creativity and temerity for driving these values and beliefs, we need to create connections and motivations around us, we need fresh visions

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

I got from the CSL a lot of reflexions, the opportunity to talk, discover and work with other passionate people, as well as many paths that I can explore by myself. The CSL is really good for connecting with the real world, fresh ideas and geting you inspired by fantastic leaders. The CSL is an incredible environment for talking and building your ideas as well as yourself with different open minded and contrasted persons.

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

I started to be conscious about environmental issues, and our connections with it, quite young, as I have always been fascinated by nature, but also by creating and building things. I quickly learnt that everything comes from nature to a point. I became more and more interested in the material world, about how objects and spaces are made and can influence our behaviors. This became stronger when I learnt about wind farms and solar panels, which made a strong effect on my mind and dreams. This is why I ended studying applied art, and product design in Paris. I felt that I had this mission to try to do something for me, but especially for the people around me with what I learnt and saw was possible. I am passionate about sustainability because, to me, it is simply about living a better and smart life and it is what has to become normal. To me, it is the logical and exciting evolution of our societies and behaviors as people who are always looking for progress and more flexibility, freedom. I am also fascinated about the idea of establishing a dialogue with our environment, but also between people and creating the right links .

Why is leadership for sustainability is important?

We need more creativity and temerity for driving these values and beliefs, we need to create connections and motivations around us, we need fresh visions.

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

As part of the program, I have started to work with Nadine Gray, an other fellow, on a fascinating artistic and cultural project that I plan to continue. This is a research exhibition about our societies' ideals and norms. We aim to collect and share stories from all around the world about authentic and alternative behaviors to our current societies, as well as artistic questionings.

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