Through the CSL program I have come to realise the best place to be in is where you are pursuing your passion with purpose, through connection with people.
What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?
Most importantly I learned what is it to be a decent human being, and our relationship to the other living species in this amazing world of ours. Through the fellowship program I have clarified and strengthened my sustainability values, which I am incorporating in all aspects of my professional and personal life.
Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?
Being an asylum seeker from East Timor when I was 9 years old back in 1979, has made me aware of humanitarian issues from a very young age. Witnessing how my parents had to re-establish the family in Australia has made me realised the importance of family and community values, and being frugal over material wealth and status. Since I have completing my degree in Architecture, I found myself more drawn to Interior Design. My passion has been re-purposing existing commercial buildings for new tenants, and more recently have completed several Green Star projects for corporate clients. The recent housing bubble both in Sydney and Melbourne concerned me greatly, with record high unsustainable prices, which is an enemy to community sustainability.
How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?
My real passion is food and humanitarianism, and through CSL program, I am hoping this course will provide me with the tools and confidence to pursue my passion, purpose, through connection with people.
In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.
Commerce, politics, religion and the media today has never been more entwined. We are constantly being bombarded with messages that are not necessary for the people and the environment best interest. It is important to have independent voice of reason through leadership to show others we do not have to buy into this way of life that nobody wants or needs. The Government has failed the Australian people recently, we now need a breed of leaders (at every level of society) to show Australia that there is more sustainable way to live on this planet, and that we can be progressive and be a world leader.
What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?
Through the CSL program I come to realise the best place to be in is where you are pursuing your passion with purpose, through connection with people. Both Lindy Cook and I are currently researching to create a food product that is sustainably sourced, nutritious, easy to cook with, and affordable. Our aim to develop a business strategy where we can donate part of profit to homeless and asylum charity organisations.
What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?
Loving, inspiring and daring!
Paulo can be contacted via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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