Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability? Have you ever dreamt of taking matters into your own hands to make a positive change in the world? 

Often we feel powerless in the face of big issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation and marine plastics - especially in the face of widespread materialism, apathy, and lack of leadership. What we have seen however is people like you and me stepping up to foster change and lead the way. IofC supports people as they develop their ‘initiatives of change’.  

The Sustainable Impact Mentoring program is designed to empower emerging leaders in the environment and sustainability fields who wish to create impact through innovative ideas and projects that are designed to meet community needs.  The program connects participants with experienced mentors in the environmental, sustainability and international development fields, and supports them in developing impactful projects through the Human-Centred Design (HCD) approach. Participants take part in a series of workshops on HCD and reflective practices that help make the important connections between sustainable living, leadership and taking focused action in community. 

Participants will:
•    Learn a new methodology and apply design principles that work
•    Experience conceptualising, incubating and implementing a project
•    Engage with a local community to understand the existing needs
•    Develop lasting relationships and become a part of a network of changemakers
•    Learn from top industry professionals through being mentored
•    Feel confident and empowered to create a more sustainable future!

The HCD model can be applied in many different scenarios and can be used to design interventions that meet a wide variety of needs. For more on HCD, check out

You can read about the 2017 cycle of the Sustainable Impact Mentoring programme here.

The current program cycle runs from 17 February to August 2018. 

Participants take part in:

  • Three all-day workshops from 10am - 4pm on Saturdays in February, April and June
  • Three evening workshops from 7 - 9pm on Tuesdays in March, May, August
  • Monthly meetings with their mentors 
  • A Sustainability Community event to display their projects at the end of the cycle

The program is free and there are just 12 spots available. To express interest in future programs, fill out the form:

Interested in becoming a mentor? For more information and to express interest, click here:

Latest News
Friday, 02 June, 2017

Gwendoline and Azain Raban have started an Initiatives of Change programme pairing mentors with individuals who are developing projects for a better ecological future. Ruby Nelson-Will reports back after an inspiring chat: