Khandiz Joni MIEMA, CEnv
“I must go to Nature disarmed of perspective and stretch myself like a large transparent canvas upon her in the hope that, my submission being perfect, the imprint of a beautiful and useful truth would be taken.”John Updike, The Centaur
CREATIVE SUSTAINABLEIST. Creative solutions for sustainability: A new way of thinking, feeling, seeing.
I am an independent sustainability practitioner and multidisciplinary artist, but I call myself a Creative Sustainableist. I hold a certificate from Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a Diploma SBP qualification from IEMA and am a certified Charted Environmentalist. Today, I work with businesses to integrate ethical and responsible business practices into their day-to-day operations in the pursuit of eudaemonia.
I am passionate about storytelling, creative thinking, and systems change, which has culminated in my entrepreneurial spirit and advocacy for an improved understanding and practice of sustainability.
I have worked in the film, media, and creative sectors for 20 years as a hair and makeup artist specialising in Green Beauty. I have run an award-winning creative agency for eco-ethical fashion and beauty brands, published an online beauty platform that celebrated green, natural, and sustainable beauty and guest-written for various publications, including WGSN. These achievements have led me to be invited to share my perspective as an associate lecturer at the London College of Fashion and a regular panellist, guest speaker, and as an assessor for Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership’s (CISL) Communicating for Influence & Impact.
My most recent project, The I AM IMPACT Project (2019 – ongoing), looks at humanity’s relationship with the Earth’s tipping points. I use art (body painting) and photography to start conversations that encourage personal agency in response to the most significant challenges we – humans, in collaboration with nature – collectively face. This has also led to the development of the Body Analogy for Sustainability. A tool that allows consultants and educators to explain the interdependent systems of sustainability in a way that anyone from 5 – 95 can relate to.