Changemakers fascinate me. People who wake up everyday and want to change the world or at the very least their part of the world.
I am particularly fascinated by young changemakers or as they call themselves ‘disruptors’. Young people who are being a revolutionary – spotting something that needs to change and not being afraid to turn things upside down in order to achieve it.
Yesterday I got an opportunity to sit in on a roundtable in Canberra consisting of some of Australia’s most engaged young changemakers in the sustainability space.
The exercise that they did that blew my mind involved mapping their personal and professional development journey.
Identifying the moments in time.
- inspiration points
- pivot points
Identifying the key people on the the journey.
These young people were all under 35. They all had a strong community spirit and involvement in community from a very young age. Many identified being inspired by a guest speaker at their school. They all viewed life as an opportunity to grab with both hands. And they had all changed the world. The world was a better place because they were in it
One thing that resonated with me was the impact of the political landscape on many of these young people. Young changemakers choosing career pathways based on who was leading our country at the time. Too often it was lack of inspiration from the top of the political tree being the pivot point in their journey.
Yesterday was definitely one of the highlights of my life – thank you #YoungAustralians committed to a #brighterfuture