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What Does Forever Look Like? Facilitative Leadership Shows the Way

This article originally appeared on Forbes

As part of our series on the future of Planet & Climate, we sat down with Ashoka Fellow Cynthia Ong of Forever Sabah to learn about the circular economy model she is facilitating on the island of Borneo—one of the most bio-diverse regions on Earth.

Cynthia Ong Gaik Suan

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2018

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The hardest part is everyone has to give something up once you arrive at a new understanding of the problem. All sides, all sectors have to change. This is why it’s so important for us to humanize the process. Whether you’re a CEO, a minister or a farmer, everyone is asked “what will I be able to tell my grandchildren in 50 years?”

We call it the “indigenous imperative”. “If I were to think of my role over the next 50 years, and I’m indigenous to this place, what do I do?” If every landscape we go into is part of home, every community becomes our life-long friends, we start doing things differently.