Next up in ‘Folks for a World that Works’ – OurNet’s series of brief, but inspiring mini-interviews featuring fascinating people in and around our community – is Sue Haswell. Following on from last week’s interview with Baraa Kouja, Sue tells us how she blends Laughter Yoga and corporate training with a successful career in PR and marketing, and shares her vision for global functionality…
Born in Worcestershire, UK, now living in Devon, Sue manages to blend Laughter Yoga with serious marketing, training and business.
As a Laughter Yoga teacher, she trains other people to become Laughter Yoga leaders. As a trainer, she trains individuals and businesses in communications skills, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and emotional intelligence.
As a marketing and PR professional, she’s spent over 30 years advising businesses how to make the best impression on and off-line. Sue’s clients have included Central Trains, consumer brands and city councils.
Sue, thank you for taking the time to talk to us and being one of the ‘folks for a world that works’, can you begin by telling us about yourself and your big passion?
My big passion is about learning something new – all the time. I’m a “knowledge-freak” and I can’t stop learning and going on training courses – they are like a drug to me. Although I’ve run a business for over 20 years that focused on PR, Marketing and training, it felt like every day is different, because every day is working with different people and companies – facing new challenges and learning something new. Although I go on lots of training courses, I also deliver a lot of training, and at each course I find myself learning something new from the delegates.
What would a ‘world that works’ look like to you?
I can’t tell you exactly what a “world that works” looks like – but I can tell you what “just-before-a-world-that-works” looks like to me. (Perhaps like scientists can tell us what it’s like just before the big bang?). The era just before “a world that works” looks like one that is unlimited and unbounded. Where people have choice and freedom to experience whatever they want to, and where they have all the necessary resources to support this learning. If that’s time, then they have enough time. If it costs money, then they have enough money. If they need to move geographically, then that is also possible.
I believe that if people have the understanding, thirst for knowledge and the interest in other things/people, then they are more likely to be kind to each other. We can grow and develop as a species and build on this tremendous movement called “the internet” which offers us the opportunity to share knowledge freely to the benefit of all. Surely with the collective power of all our minds, it cannot be too long until we can understand – and even experience – “a world that works”.
What is stopping us from creating a ‘beautiful world we all know in our hearts is possible’?
Not seeing the Bigger Picture. The Bigger Picture shows us we have been shackled by a system that we resent – and yet we often don’t even know we resent it. That we are serfs – we go to work, for the very corporations that sell us the stuff we don’t need.
The small picture says: “we need this mundane stuff, so don’t challenge the status quo, because we might lose a job”. The Big Picture says: “you’re a wage-slave. You’re losing your life, you’re spending it doing a job for ridiculous ends. A new phone doesn’t matter. Live life, and enjoy the experience instead”.