Sharing From the Heart is a monthly initiative where young people from China and the United States come together around the pressing ecological, cultural, and spiritual issues of our time. Through sharing thoughts, personal stories, and actions in local settings, Chinese and American youth will begin building cross-cultural bonds to support a vision of a new, ecological civilization.
After studying environmental and social science in California and the US’s midwest region, Luo Yi dedicated her work to storytelling for urban and rural sustainable development in China’s western mountains.
College graduates often struggle to find a career that makes a difference. As a social entrepreneur, Luo Yi’s answer to the question is “to build your own”. Lao Tu, a social enterprise started by Luo Yi is committed to sustainable development through consumer education and youth engagement. Through experiential learning programs and helping rural communities to promote their produce, Luo Yi and her team are sparkling with creative ideas to facilitate positive dialogues between urban dwellers and China’s rural communities, mainly in the west.
In this episode of Sharing From the Heart, Luo Yi will tell a story of her ecological journey from studying in America’s West to being a social entrepreneur in China’s western mountains.
SPEAKER: Luo Yi
Growing up in cities, but focusing on rural China, Luo Yi, the founder of the Lao Tu social enterprise, is committed to urban and rural sustainable development, especially consumer and youth education. Lao Tu uses storytelling to promote rural sustainable development and leading green lifestyles. Yi graduated with a master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and BA of History and Environmental Analysis from Claremont McKenna College in the US. Yi is 2018 UNEP China Youth Champion, 10 Excellent Youth of Shenzhen City, 2019 China Top 10 Under 30 Social Innovator, 2020 G20 Young Global Changer, Homeward Bound Antarctica Global Women Leadership member, and 2021 GenT. Yi is also a documentary filmmaker, curator, and lyricist.
Friday, Feb 3, 2023