Owner and director of design business Alto, chair of the Sustainability Trust, founder of sustainable youth network Intersect and member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Owner and director of design business Alto, chair of the Sustainability Trust, founder of sustainable youth network Intersect, member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Introduced ‘Good Friday’ at Alto, where employees spend every Friday working on whatever makes them feel happy and fulfilled, from pro-bono projects to personal development. Her own Good Fridays have expanded so that she now devotes much of her work to building sustainable networks and inspiring change in people and business.
“We live in a really consumer-focused world. We work five days a week, we’re in debt, our culture keeps creating a desire for more—that’s the container we live in. The work I’m doing is to create another container.
“We need to question, throw our assumptions in the air, and ask how we would like things to be. My job is to be constantly dissatisfied. If we accept this is the way it is, there is nowhere to go. That’s not the world I want to live in.
“Every aspect of life is changing. I see evidence of it on a daily basis. But most of the population don’t need to be that worried about the future. I’d prefer people spent their time feeling hopeful and optimistic. There’s already a group of people who are up for leading the change.”