About the podcast guest
Bianca Patel, worked with communities across the world in collaboration with government and non-profit teams for sustainable development policy, and is now running the energy education program at Stanford University.
In this episode Bianca shares her insights on the future of sustainability, following an unconventional path, and defining your own success.
Some Questions We Ask
- What is the most impactful habit change or action a person can take to help stop climate change?
- Can you tell us more about why you went into the intersection between development policies and climate change, education, and social justice? What sparked this interest?
- What has been your biggest learning from being in the sustainable development policy world?
- What are your objectives/your why behind running the energy education program at Stanford university? Why did you decide to pursue this new goal?
- Have you ever faced any major failures/challenges in your career? How did they affect you and what did you learn from them?
So, as you guys have heard my background is in international development. But I’ve had some sort of educational experience. I have been a teacher in Malaysia, and I was also a teacher here in the US, and education is something that is really important to me, I see it as a tool of liberation and really trying to expand students viewpoints of the world and I’ve also been focusing on climate changes impact. So, my background is in climate change adaptation and resilience. So, how do we deal with the impacts of climate change? Energy is really interesting because it is seen as the cause of climate change so it's two sides of the same coin and I really wanted to explore the side of energy.
Define what success means to you (and recognize that your goals and definition of success should change over the course of your life)
Be intentionally reflective — Have daily or weekly self-reflection practices
Introduce randomness into your life; learn about something new, and be curious