Parramatta farewells one woman powerhouse, Helen Papathanasiou

Date: 2021-11-02 19:35:58

Helen Papathanasiou was a star attraction at our Tomorrowland event in 2019 sharing innovative and what we thought was pretty daring sustainable work at the City of Parramatta well in advance of other jurisdictions, as we saw it.

In subsequent articles we covered more ground breaking work from Sydney’s so called “second city” initiated in the main by Papathanasiou.

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Now after 10 years with the council this one woman powerhouse has decided to spread her wings and seek wider and even more impactful ways to influence the agenda in the 10 critical years we have left to curb global warming, as she put it. 

Her new gig, still waiting to be inked, is with a major city council but it’s structured in a way that she packs almost a full time job into part of the week and leaves the rest open for other opportunities. She called this departure part of the Great Resignation we’ve been reading about, where people have used Covid to reassess the value and context of their work and wonder if they can improve on the impact they have.

It makes sense. When skilled people build up a lot of experience and know-how there’s a certain view that this comes with a sense of obligation to ensure the learnings are amplified or “given back” to society. And the furious concentration of attention on Glasgow and our urgent climate issues is falling directly into that field of attention.

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