The 60th Green Drinks!

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This month’s Green Drinks will be our 60th! To mark the occasion, we have (a) a really really very special guest speaker! and (b) a slightly longer post/invite than usual 🙂

A. Our guest speaker is Cynthia Ong!

Cynthia will be here to talk about ‘Forever Sabah’ – a 25-year programme to build a fair, prosperous and sustainable Sabah… by pioneering the State’s transition from an economy based on the exploitation of natural habitats (forests, rivers and seas)… to one that is diversified, equitable and green… delivered through a ground-up, project-based approach organised around four focal areas (Tourism; Food and Agriculture; Renewable Energy; and Waste, Water and Soil). See http://http://www.forever-sabah.com/ for more details.

This is ambitious project started with a 2 year engagement programme, where local communities, industry, government, NGOs, scientists etc were asked the simple question… ‘where will the state be in fifty years if it continues to progress along it’s current development trajectory? ‘.

‘Forever Sabah’ is just the kind of working conversation that every State/City/neighbourhood should be having.

More about Cynthia: She is the founder and Executive Director of Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) http://www.leapspiral.org/, an organisation that facilitates partnerships and exchanges that provoke ecologically sustainable co-existence on global, regional and local levels. LEAP designs space and place for disparate stakeholders – the most powerful and the most powerless – to meet face to face on equal ground and develop holistic, equitable solutions that meet the needs of all.

She was the prime mover of a coalition of 5 NGOs formed at the end of 2009 called Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) which took on the government (and won) over its plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Sabah http://nocoalsabah.blogspot.com/ http://searepa.com/. The movement then went on to form SEAREPA (South East Asia Renewable Energy People’s Assembly) http://searepa.com/ – a network of organisations and people across 11 nations intent on taking the lead in showcasing community-based renewable energy solutions, and in building a sustainable energy-secure future that addresses climate change, environmental justice and people!

Cynthia brings 25 years of experience in fields as varied as special events and project management to socio-environmental justice and community activism. She has played many roles in her diverse career including founder/co-founder, board director, and CEO of numerous organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit in South East Asia and in the U.S. Cynthia is an entrepreneur, a pioneer in organizational leadership, and an expert in group facilitation/mediation. She is also board director of the Borneo Rhino Alliance and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Chair of the Malua Bio Bank Advisory Council.

Cynthia is inspired by her 21-year old daughter, Sara, and her mother, Cecilia! And she is here to inspire us!

NOTE: We have postponed Green Drinks by a week to take advantage of Cynthia being in town!

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