Alisha Bhagat’s advice to students who want a career in sustainability

WorkingNation interviews leaders in sustainability at the GreenBiz 20 Conference in Arizona as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign.

Alisha Bhagat is a futurist and senior strategist at Forum for the Future whose work focuses on the creative use of futures tools to impact long-term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality.

In this clip, Alisha offers her advice for a college student interested in a sustainability career. “I would say to try to know a little bit about everything, and then try to see where you can draw connections between sustainability and another field.” Adding, “there’s a lot of directions that you could go and kind of having another discipline underpinning that I think is really, really useful.”

At her position, Bhagat utilizes foresight methods such as systems mapping, scenario planning, and speculative futures to engage with stakeholders in on strategic visions and the concrete actions needed to achieve them. She has engaged in futures projects in many sectors including the food system, consumer goods, global commodities, and urban planning.

Fun Fact: Alisha initially wanted to be an archeologist like Indiana Jones, but during her studies decided to go into Foreign Policy and worked as a government contractor in the securities field doing intelligence and security work.

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