Tim's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Byron Bay, Queensland AUS

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

TIM WINTON

Sustainability Consultant/Founder
Permaforest Trust

“Maybe just by nature I'm a bit driven. And then I just took that drive to the corporate success and just changed it over to the drive to be as green and sustainable as I could.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Courage Desire Education Experience Exploration Passion Success Transitions Values

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

TAGS:

awareness, commitment, compassionate, connection, direction, driven, escape, exhaustion, happiness, life, meaning, nature, optimistic, responsibility, social issues, sustainable, transform, tree planting, urban, work

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After graduating from university, he went tree planting in Canada.
  • They'd spend two months out in nature, living as a tribe and spending entire days alone planting trees.
  • He'd been planning on attending a post-graduate program, but one day he realized his plans had changed.
  • His main goal went from "become financially successful" to "do something good for the environment."
  • He went on to found the Permaforest Trust, a non-for-profit environmental education center.
  • Says you have to live your life in an integrated way; if you're unhappy with your work, you can't just box that up and put it away.
  • Believes that to do anything truly significant, you have to make a commitment.
  • Reminds road-trippers that their situation is unique; to be afforded the opportunity to go to school and to choose a career is a rare gift.

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