An Interview with Nicole Gibson from Love Out Loud

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Nicole is known as a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, but she prefers to be seen as an unstoppable messenger of love and human potential; impacting over 250 000 people worldwide with her unconventional models of community development and transformation. Currently, Nicole is the CEO of a global movement, Love Out Loud, which aspires to engage 4% of the Western populous by the end of 2020, to successfully facilitate the world’s largest love-based movement.

When Nicole was 18 years old, she established a not-for-profit that worked in youth mental health and community capacity building, engaging tens of thousands of young people across Australia and the UK, in unconventional conversations of vulnerability, self-love, vision and connection. This was inspired after a terrifying lived experience with anorexia nervosa. After completing a significant national tour, at 20 years old, Nicole was a finalist for the Young Australian of the Year and listed as one of Australia’s top 100 most influential women at 21, shortly after taking out the Pride of Australia Medal. She’s been featured in The Financial Review, made the cover of the Yellow Pages and had a documentary aired on prime-time national TV.

Nicole has made a vast impact in the health and education landscape in Australia, and served as the youngest Commonwealth Commissioner for Health in history, advising directly to the Australian Federal Health Minister and Prime Minister.

Nicole has pursued a successful career in speaking across tens of countries and recently has taken years of experience in corporate/political consultation, experiential facilitation and complex community work and launched her debut book ‘Love Out Loud; making this process accessible and easily applied to any community or individual.

What are you passionate about? What motivates and inspires you?
A loving and compassionate way of life inspires me most. I get the most energy, enthusiasm, creativity and inspiration when I’m in service to something much, much bigger than me. The vision I hold for the world and humanity; to remember our true nature, is the sole driver throughout my days. It feels like an abundant energy source that just builds and builds upon itself.

What is your greatest professional (and/or personal) accomplishment?
The greatest accomplishment for me is always in the small moments; the moment an audience member or participant sheds a tear or hugs me at the end of a session, or the phone call I get the next day to say that they were inspired to call their Mum and say I love you. To me, it’s the accumulation of these moments that truly change the world; and if I can play any roll in them, that’s more rewarding for me than the awards, impressive partnerships and revenue turnover.

Who has been your biggest influence?
As a teenager, I found the most solace in the people I was never going to be able to meet; the Nelson Mandela’s, the messengers and humanitarians throughout history; these were the people that truly influenced and inspired me – the people that broke the paradigm of human existence as we know it. The way Tesla fought for his discoveries, the way Mandela practised forgiveness after 27 years in prison, the way Buddha turned his back on his royal roots to pursue a spiritual pathway – those who have dared to travel to the leading edge – wow – that’s what I’m talking about!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given and who gave it?
“The best” piece of advice is hard to choose, however, I recently found myself reflecting on some advice that has definitely driven me in my leadership and life, from a dear friend who’s a musician. I asked how they move their audience the way that they do, and they replied; “they give me soo much, so my sole objective is to make the experience all about them.” – I learnt so much from this advice – when we absolve the ego and when we become fully selfless and in service to others, we create true, powerful change in the world. I practice being better and better at this every single day; getting out of my own way, and being in service to something much bigger than me.

What moved you to engage with Creative Conscience?
Collaboration and partnership are in my DNA, I have an acute awareness of the power of co-creation. We are innately and inherently cooperative. Allies in an aligned mission in the world, are family to me. Love Out Loud is engaging 4% of the global population in messages of love and compassion, we need collaboration in order to pull off this epic vision. I love what you have created.