Michelle Kovacevic

Communicator | Project Manager | Scientist | Creative Thinker, Freelance2015 Melbourne Fellowship

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The world is out of balance and we need leaders who can endure, connect and inspire us to take a holistic leap.

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

Creating space for stillness, inquiry and reflection is at the core of effective leadership

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

It's pretty simple to me really - living in balance with other people and the planet is fundamental to the survival of all living creatures. I'm particularly passionate about seeing climate change as an opportunity to re-imagine the way we live.

I don't think there was a particular event or moment where I decided to become a "change maker" - I've always been driven to make a positive contribution to the world.

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

About 6 months before starting CSL, I started to ask myself a lot of deeply challenging questions about capitalism, development, globalisation and personal ambition. It compelled me to seek a structured program that might help me find some of the answers to these questions and the personal contribution I could make to achieving a better world. I haven't left CSL with "the answer" but in fact doing this program helped me realise that, paradoxically, there are no answers and that the answers are within us if we sit still long enough to listen to them. I've learnt to trust my professional judgment (it's got me to great places so far) but to truly value the importance of reflection, self-care and living the questions.

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

The world is out of balance and we need leaders who can endure, connect and inspire us to take a holistic leap.

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

It's taken me a long time to become perfectly content in not yet having an answer to this question :) To quote Rainer Maria Rilke: "The point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."

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

Grounding. Connecting. Renewing.

Michelle can be contacted via Email: kovamic@gmail.com or Twitter: @kovamic


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