With the 2017 Future Fellowship Program wrapping up, we decided to look back and get a glimpse of what's in store for the future.
We caught up with Cameron, Divya and Mikey to find out what they've been up to. Cameron Elliot established The Weekly Service, a weekly curated gathering providing space for dialogue and deeper discussion, Divya Darling expanded the Intrinsic Brilliance Institute offering restorative retreats and mentoring, and Mikey Leung inspires change through the medium of film with his organisation Digital Storytellers.
Let's find out how the Future Makers Fellowship influenced their journey.
"I felt like I wasn't contributing my skills or felt they weren't being used to maximum effect in sustainability," says Cameron.
"I had a passion for sustainability and social justice and I knew that I had a few ideas but didn't know how to make them happen."
"I lacked the networks and the leadership ability to implement them. That's when I signed up for Future Makers."
"Over the eight months of the course, I found that what I was really interested in was helping people connect with themselves, each other and nature."
While Mikey Responded "I had a purpose in mind. It needed shaping, it needed deepening and it needed time to distill."
"CSL started me on that journey, it gave me free space to do that."
What was the most valuable thing that you got out of the Fellowship?
"I still use the connections I made, even today." Says Divya.
"My goal buddy from the program went on to become a client and collaborator, another my first employee and even my flatmate was a Future Maker Fellow."
"I remember one networking night, on your name badge you had to write your name plus one word, to sum up an identity to inhabit for that night," adds Mikey.
"The word I wrote was 'Storyteller'. It was that night that it became really clear to me that the narrative of today and helping to shape that narrative for others was what my work would be about in the future. I guess that's where the name Digital Storytellers came from."
Who Would you Recommend the Fellowship to?
"I think the program is most useful for people who want to be on the front line and making our world liveable," says Divya.
Cameron adds, "I would recommend it to anyone I come across who is wondering about how they can best contribute to resolving sustainability and social justice issues.
"Anyone who is wondering how they can contribute meaningfully to the world in a way that's aligned with their purpose."