Hard to be certain, but I think I might have the best job in the world. I facilitate the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship in Melbourne.
My role is to act as facilitator, mentor, coach and guide. I aim to create a space where people feel brave enough to explore their hopes and fears and to come out the other side supported and enriched, more courageous, honest and compassionate.
Each year we take 25 passionate, committed people from across the community. They spend 7 months together - at weekly workshops and a bunch of retreats. They connect deeply with themselves and others, and spend time working in the world on their deepest passions. It's really fun, beautiful and supportive. It's a chance for people to be part of a genuine community - something many of us lack but very much long for. It leads to real transformation.
I love what I do. And I'm really grateful that people let me play this role in their lives. I know I can always do more and do it better, but I feel like it fits me pretty well. I get to be serious and silly and creative and strategic and personal and intellectual, all at once.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed by personal notes from members of the group. A recent example: "You make me want to go into the world and prove that I'm worthy of your support". That kind of message, in turn, inspires me and keeps me breathing.
'Sustainability' in this context isn't just about the environment and nature. It's about seeing (and making) a future that works - human rights, community and diversity, democracy and inequality, nature-connection, renewable energy, climate action, animal rights and more. We take people from all sectors and all parts of the community. All know things aren't right. All want to find ways to play a bigger role in making it better. It's pretty cool.
We're looking for next year's group right now. It's a small but critical window. So if you know anyone who might be interested, let me know, put them in touch or point them to
The more wonderful applicants we get, the more diverse the group, the better the year will be, and the better the outcomes for everyone - me included :D