Marc describes himself as mischievous, playful and bold. These three words sum him up perfectly; he strives to ignite bold inspiration within others to create new leaders. We spoke to him about why he has created initiatives to make Guernsey the best place to live on earth and how he became the change maker he is today. Marc is the co-founder of the Dandelion Foundation, co-curator of Journey to 100, Thrive 2020 and TEDx St Peter Port.
What did you want to be growing up? How has that shaped what you do now?
I wanted to be a pilot. I am not sure it shaped too much about what I have done so far, but it will shape what I am going to do in the future. Ultimately I want to be in charge of something. I didn’t go into flying because it was too rigid and that air traffic control was really in charge.
What moved you to set up the Dandelion Foundation?
From my own experiences in childhood with money and education, I felt that the Western World was pointing in the wrong direction. I felt that most problems in the world have been solved or are about to be solved. Making those solutions happen on the ground is the hard bit. Small nations have a role in making solutions happen because big problems can be solved at coffee scale. I also wanted my children to grow up happy and healthy. You need a village to raise a child in that way. The Foundation was all about transforming the village for my family to grow up in and ultimately to provide a model for the world to take inspiration from.
You created several community initiatives (Journey 100, Thrive 2020 and TEDx St Peter Port), why?
Every event and initiative that we run aims to create the local leadership that we need to solve big challenges in our community. People would not have gone to the moon if someone hadn’t said let’s go. Ultimately we challenge people to go to the moon by setting up these initiatives. New leaders step up to take on that challenge. Hope is an enabler.
Who has been your biggest influence?
If I am honest, my Dad he came from nothing to build a successful life for himself. He struggled with that success sometimes. He has been by far and away the person that has influenced me the most. People, like Ricardo Semler, that trust their instincts to do something radical and yet so wise also inspire me.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given and who gave it?
“The outside world is a mirror of your inside world. There are two ways to solve any problem, from the inside or the outside, and only one you can be in control of.” I wish I could remember who gave me that advice. It burned like acid in me for a long time until it eventually became one of the most self-empowering things I have ever learnt.
Interview: Carolyn Wensley