Meet the Mind: Susan Goldsworthy
Susan believes in exploring our attunement and interconnectedness in the human and more-than-human world. Ever since she was young she realised animals were more than just the shapes appearing on her plate. She became a vegetarian at the age of six, no longer able to bear the cruelty and suffering. At the age of 28 an exposé on factory farming led to her becoming vegan, while her mother, brother, and now husband, became vegetarian. In the light of recent reports, Susan realised that the lack of protection for animals and their habitats has led to catastrophic and irreversible loss, an unintentional consequence of excessive consumerism and consumption. She coined the phrase Spiritship, believing that our society's suppression of the natural and spiritual diminishes us. Shocked into becoming more vocal she now proudly sings out the words from a favourite song of hers, Wishing Well [by Free]:
"Put up a fight you believe to be right and someday the sun will shine through."
"With the multitude of ecological challenges we are now facing on this planet, I am one of the many who feel compelled to speak up and out. This site is one contribution to act."
A former Olympic finalist, Susan is Affiliate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Change at IMD, Senior Adviser, President’s Office, IMD and CEO, Goldswolf & Associates, a company specialising in leadership development, change & change communications, and executive coaching. She is passionate about working with people to turn knowledge into behaviour.
Susan is co-author of two award winning books - Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential through Secure Base Leadership and Choosing Change: How Leaders and Organizations Drive Change One Person at a Time.
Susan is the Associate Program Director of the transformative leadership program CLEAR [Cultivating Leadership Energy through Awareness and Reflection].
"CLEAR is about both being and doing. You will combine awareness and reflection with practice and considered action. CLEAR enables you to discover, develop and deepen your impact on the world."
Susan is currently studying for her Doctorate in Organizational Change with Ashridge/Hult. She holds a Masters degree (MSc) in Consulting and Coaching for Change with HEC and Oxford University, an Executive Masters in the Neuroscience of Leadership, and certification in Coaching for Leadership & Professional Development with The Tavistock Institute.
Behind the Brush: Sydney Goldsworthy
Sydney had the honour of giving a TEDx Talk about the (very human) Quest of Happiness. Examining her own happiness, she concluded it was a force, fundamentally integral to our existence, in fact most stories in their heart are about the two wolves fighting within us for the sake of "goodness".
"They compete and they fight. And humans are intimately involved in this struggle. It is humankind’s purpose to hold chaos and destruction at bay through active goodness. "
Influenced by cosmology, mythology, fantasy, science and philosophy, her belief is that we are here to be compassionate, here to help one another, and here to grow. Making mistakes is integral to that growth, none of us are perfect, and there is nothing wrong with that. Sydney endeavours to use creaction to spread ideas, and assure those who need it that with resolve and persistence, anything is possible. Fear of mistakes mustn't prevent us from trying to create a better world. With open hearts, ears and minds we can achieve harmony, and balance. Let's steer our world towards a brighter, more sustainable future.
Sydney is an avid adorer of animals. She is an acrylic artist and graphic designer creating commissioned logos, and word art for her clients. Sydney runs her own business called GoldsWoof where she creates colourful and abstract portraits of a variety of species, including dinosaurs with a feathered representation as many are theorised to have been. She also enjoys realistic renditions of the mythological and combines animals we know to create the fantastical.
A story-teller at heart, Sydney has always valued each medium for its capacity to evoke emotions. Raised vegetarian and surrounded by animals, she has always had a sensitive heart, caring deeply for the living creatures which surround us, but for a long time she was unsure of how best to help them. Using her art, she would raise awareness for endangered species as well as garnering a varied and very specified knowledge of the incredible capabilities of so many of her subjects.
A firm believer that actions speak louder than words, she is exhilarated to work on this project as the lead artist, and media manager. Sydney is an idealist cynic, she believes this combination is integral to remaining grounded, whilst also looking to a future that is realistically attained.