Amy Haworth Johns

Amy Haworth Johns is part of the ?!X team working on our Futures Interviews series and our upcoming book. Based back in her hometown of London, Amy  is currently studying an MA in Disasters, Adaptability and Development at Kings College London. After doing her undergrad down in Plymouth for 3 years she stayed down there for an extra year to soak up as much SW sun, sea and friendliness as possible! A lover of travel from an early age, Amy lived and worked in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua in 2010 on behalf of The Santa Rosa Fund working in a school based project within a wider program of poverty alleviation. Now back in London she is learning how to not get lost without the tube, attending inspirational talks and finding exciting new places to dance.

Having always been passionate about environmental protection and human equality, she is now at the beginning of another new journey that will continue forever throughout her career. Interested in the role of natural disasters in a changing climatic system, and the constant battery of the innocent by climate effects and regulations, Amy hopes to enter the humanitarian side of hazard mitigation at a grassroots level and hopes to return to Central America.

?!X: What’s the Future You Choose?

AHJ: I choose a future with an equal playing field, when those in power are not just those with the most money or biggest guns but filtered down through society and constructed on free flows of information between government and grassroot levels. The world of the future needs to be a greener one- not just through biodiversity but through actions and decisions, as current behaviors are leading to our own demise. I am currently in the midst of a masters degree and find myself surrounded by academics and activists; in my opinion the two groups in society that will be the brain-power and energy behind new approaches during the approaching era of change. These changes will need to include new approaches for dealing with the global issues of water resources, health, education, safety, food, energy, climate and adjustment while maintaining an essential outlook of equality. Although at the moment the future can be a terrifying prospect, the ideas and approaches born of this time of drastic change will be both inspiring and dramatically life-changing. Be it scientific inventions, creative movements, social change and political alterations, the time is nigh and shits getting real!

?!X: What’s a ‘think’ to create this future?

AHJ: Education…. No matter what age you are, you can never stop learning and being inquisitive. Be it through formal education or not. We can never know everything, and while that is true, exploration of ourselves and the world we live in will never be complete. I am constantly inspired by books, films, music and the people around me and aim to be like this throughout my life. I am inspired by people on such a wide spectrum that includes activists like Wangari Maathai who not only led a group of women from rural Kenya, but did so in a groundbreaking environmental movement; and authors like Haruki Murakami whose books have fed my imaginations and left me ever so slightly baffled for years!

?!X: What’s an ‘act’ to create the future you choose

AHJ: Dance, sing (no-matter how badly), read, watch, observe, travel, participate, love, live, learn, listen, laugh, absorb, grow, cook, create, walk, explore, help, form friendships, believe, SMILE.

Also experience Boomtown Festival for craziness and the obscure and Maker Festival for Cornish relaxation and sheer greatness.

?!X: What’s a ‘vote’ to create the future you choose?

AHJ: We might not have the power to change the entire world but we can change our bit of the world. We can change it through our actions, emotions, perceptions, consumption and choices. At the moment the term “power of the people” is ringing through society with the energy and liberation throughout the Arab Spring and occupation movement. As long as we stay aware of people and organisations like 38degrees, avaaz and keep our eyes, ears and minds open we are helping.

?!X: Future Soundtrack – What song would you take with you into the future? 

AHJ: Soooooo many possibilities!

Right now I can’t stop listening to Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up. Beautiful and sounds like summer!

?!X: Can you share with us up to 5 weblinks that you find interesting and inspiring?


Follow Amy on Twitter @AmidilloHJ

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