The Intensive Future Makers Fellowship

2 months, 8 May - 17 Jul 2017 Australia wide

Grow your capacity to influence others and create positive change

The Future Makers Fellowship is based on rigorous academic research and business best practice. The program features industry leading curriculum and employs innovative and experiential pedagogy. ­­

Enviable networking opportunities
We bring together a diverse range of high-calibre participants and give them access to a great network of speakers, mentors and alumni.

Highly experienced facilitators
Through course participation, our highly experienced facilitators will determine exactly what you need to be more influential and effective as a leader in sustainability.

Real-world projects
To do this, you will be encouraged to bring a real world project to life that engenders change for a better tomorrow.

What alumni say

“CSL and my fellow CSL classmates played a role in creating a supporting and collaborative space to stretch my passions. The course guided and forced me to reflect on where I saw myself making a change in society”

NADINE GREY, Financial Services Council
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Program format

The Fellowship consists of three retreats in regional Australia and weekly online webinars.

We estimate a minimum time commitment of approximately 2–5 hours a week over and above workshops and retreats.

This includes preparation for workshops, coaching, mentoring and working on a collaborative prototyping project.

  • Week 1: Retreat one

    The first week-long retreat is held in Regional Australia. Participants identify development and growth areas that they’ll explore throughout the program with the Team, the Fellows and a selected Mentor. This first ‘going within’ phase covers much of the theoretical underpinnings of the program.

  • Week 2–4: Weekly online workshop

    Participants will define goals and strategies to make needed changes within themselves.

  • Week 5-7: Weekly online workshop

    Participants translate vision into action; in groups, they create a prototype project designed to test some of the tools learned in phase two, ‘stepping up’. Participants see the power of collaboration unfold as they work with others as a team member or leader to create change.

  • Week 8–11: Weekly online workshop

    Final skills are added to the tool kit and prior learning is reinforced; participants are prepped to brace the world – to create real change as a sustainability leader in phase three ‘stepping out’. In particular, there’s a focus on harnessing communications skills, further reflection and deeper learning.

  • Week 12: Retreat two

    The second and final week-long retreat includes media training and continues the ‘stepping out’ phase and is held in Regional Australia

  • Post-program

    Your CSL experience and leadership for sustainability journey doesn’t end with the conclusion of the Future Makers Fellowship. There is phase four ‘staying connected’. We offer access to residential retreats, online learning programs, additional coaching, support, and opportunities to engage with the CSL community online and in person.



Our facilitators are highly skilled in guiding our participants to the top of the leadership mountain.


Jen Halldorsson

Program Manager and Facilitator

Jen is inspired by people, nature and the connections in between. She has a diverse background in research, sustainable transport, languages, yoga and permaculture; and holds a PhD in materials science and nanotechnology. Having completed the Fellowship in 2011, Jen loves empowering others as change-makers, capable of bringing about their own visions of a sustainable, socially-just future. She delights in seeing people grow and flourish through operating from their heart, in line with their passions and values.


Our guest speakers are experts in their fields, providing participants with access to crucial knowledge and networks.

Who are we looking for?

We look for applicants who have the potential to influence change in a variety of ways, and intentionally recruit for a wide cross section of skills and experience.

We encourage a high degree of diversity of professional backgrounds, industry insights, learning styles, and personality types.

We look for individuals who are early to mid career in any field, though there is no age limit.

What alumni say

Michael Burnside

The program and my fellows have filled me with the self-belief that I actually can (and will) do all the things I want to do.

Michael Burnside

Rachel Haley

I believe people need to be empowered to create and own their sustainability pathway.

Rachel Haley

Alex Heaven

Our Project 'Pubocracy; has installed a conviction that I will be able to upscale future projects to reach even wider audiences.

Alexandra Heaven

Harkiran Narulla

I've found ways to articulate myself, settings to influence peers and socal projects in the sustainability space.

Harkiran Narulla

Sabrine Elkhodr

"Our cheif want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be." If ever there was someone who could fit the bill as Ralph Waldo Emerson describes it, they would be CSL.

Sabrine Elkhodr

Kim Shore iFP May 2014

People with a vision for sustainability need to become leaders for sustainability to turn world-changing ideas into reality.

Kim Shore

Alex Maranga

The challenges of sustainability cannot be addressed with technical solutions alone.

Alex Maranga

Kirsty Moegerlein photo

Sustainability requires us to harness the creative power within each of us.

Kirsty Moegerlein


Please read the Participant Fees, Refunds and Cancellation Policy.

Concession fee rates apply to students, those not currently working, or experiencing financial hardship, who provide evidence in the form of a copy of a health care card or a statutory declaration outlining financial hardship.

*Limited numbers available.

Fee does not include travel costs.

The program’s full value is worth over $15,000 per participant, which is subsidised by our generous and in-kind support.

Please note these are 2017 fee rates.

Fee Type Cost
Early Bird Full Fee – paid within 7 days* of invoicing $7250 + GST
Early Bird Concession Fee – paid within 7 days* of invoicing $6500 + GST
Full Fee – paid within 6 weeks $7750 + GST
Concession Fee – paid within 6 weeks $7000 + GST
Post program option - 3 alumni coaching sessions $712.80 + GST includes 20% discount

Key dates

Please note these are 2017 program dates. 2018 program dates will be announced August 2017.

Event Date
Online Future Makers Fellowship Information Session 13 February
Melbourne Information Session 14 February
Sydney Information Session 15 February
APPLICATIONS DUE 19 February midnight
Interviews - in person (Melbourne) and Skype 27 February
Offer of Places 2 March
Early Bird Fee Full Payment OR/ 10 March
30% Deposit Payment Due 10 March
Final Payments Due 14 April

Intensive Future Makers Fellowship

Intensive program: 4 months, May 15 to July 17, 2017, Monday evenings

Event Date
Online workshops 15 May – 17 July 2017 Mondays 7-9pm
Retreat 1 7-13 May
Retreat 2 21-28 July

Frequently asked questions

Many people have questions. We frequently have answers.

What are the key differences between the classic and intensive Future Makers Fellowships?


The Classic Future Makers Fellowship:

  • delivered through a combination of retreats and weekly in person workshops
  • requires participants to be within weekly commutable distance to Melbourne or Sydney
  • duration: 8 months
  • ideal for those who want to evolve and explore
  • locations: Melbourne & Sydney


The Intensive Future Makers Fellowship:

  • delivered through a combination of two, bookend six-day retreats and weekly online workshops
  • suited to those who are beyond weekly commutable distance to Melbourne or Sydney
  • duration: 4 months
  • ideal for those who want to learn hard and fast
  • locations: regional Australia

What if I have work/other commitments that oblige me to travel and I miss a workshop or retreat?

You must be present at all retreats and a minimum of 90% of workshops; missed content must be made up on your own time.

How much time am I expected to dedicate outside of the workshops and retreats per week?

2-5 hours for the 8-month Future Makers Fellowship and approximately 5 hours for the 4-month Intensive Future Makers Fellowship; this includes preparation for workshops, coaching, mentoring and working on a collaborative prototyping project.

What commitments are expected of me as a student of CSL?

Exercise a high degree of respect for others, apply honesty & openness in behaviour/communication, abide by group’s agreed ground rules, contribute positive participation throughout the program.

Am I eligible for concession?

An evidenced based concession fee may apply to health care card holders and/or those able to demonstrate they are experiencing financial hardship.

This is expensive and I personally can’t afford it; what are my options for funding my Fellowship place?

Employer sponsored place, micropatronage/crowdfunding, private sponsorship or a low interest loan with zero set up fee thanks to our Community Banking Partner Bank Australia.

Applications for 2017 Intensive Future Makers Fellowship are now open

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