November 3, 2011
I want to see profound change in the way the whole system works. From the way we interact with each other, to the priorities we set ourselves and the integration of principles of sustainability, current and future justice, contentment and peace.
I currently spend most of my time working with High Resolves – an innovative education initiative working to motivate secondary school students to see themselves as purposeful global citizens and to acquire the skills they need to be change makers and leaders in their communities and the world. I have coordinated and facilitated at many youth leadership and development conferences including the Victorian Youth Parliament Program and the UNO-Y Emerging Leaders Program. I have worked with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition organising the Powershift Youth Climate Summits and have also spent time living and working in Lesotho, Southern Africa coordinating an Adolescent Health Program and traveling throughout Africa. I am passionate about large scale change and believe that inspiring and empowering young people the world over will help achieve this but I also believe strongly in the power of strengthening communities and localising our connections to people and places.
I have always been inspired by Nelson Mandela. His courage and commitment to never give up has in turn inspired thousands of others to keep fighting. He has worked tirelessly his whole life to see change- always with determination, poise and grace. These words, often attributed to Mandela, but actually written by Marianne Williamson also inspire me: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?.. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do... And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
I am passionate about seeing social, economic and environmental justice globally and believe that empowering young people to be actively involved in making meaningful change in their world is the way to see the transformational change we need.