Q&A - Alison Uttley
Communications Director at Business for Peace, an international foundation based in Oslo that aims to support, inspire, and recognise global business leaders who are positively changing the face of business. Our vision is that all business leaders see improving society as their core purpose.
Oslo and Toronto
You are what you eat, what are you?
Recently, different varieties of quiche. And I try to eat fruit and veggies that are in season locally.
What would never end up on your plate?
Do you have green fingers?
Unfortunately I’m not a great indoor plant parent! I’m a bit better at growing plants in an outdoor vegetable garden.
What do you do to make your day green?
It’s a lot of little things. I live in a tiny apartment, walk to work, reuse and recycle whenever possible, minimise plastics and energy consumption, try to get my produce at farmers’ markets, and mostly eat vegetarian. When I have to buy something, I’m mindful about which companies I give my money to.
What’s your fits-to-all-occasions-garment?
A well-loved leather jacket
If you only had 8 different garments, what would your wardrobe look like?
Dark blue jeans, grey t-shirt, leather jacket, white shirt, soft cotton maxi dress, forest green sweater, wool blanket-scarf from Aritzia, and my made-in-Montreal waterproof ankle boots.
What colors do you believe in for next season?
I think clothes colours are individual for what works best on each person, but I tend to wear a lot of rich earth tones in the autumn.
Forest and hiking, or sea and swimming?
Forest and hiking
Gallery or cinema?
Both! I spent the first seven years of my career in the arts, so I can’t choose. I enjoy spending time at Blank Space and Gimle cinema in Oslo.
Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn?
How do you beat time?
I love live music. If I’m not a concert, you can likely find me hiking, kayaking, reading, or dancing.
How do you get people smiling?
I make a lot of brownies and cookies to share J I try to show an extra bit of care and spread positivity.
What is happiness for you?
Spending quality time with family and friends, even better if it’s over a good meal. I feel very at peace in nature, and am also happy when I feel like my work is making a positive contribution to society.
A- or B-human?
What drives you?
What’s your life motto?
I don’t have a motto, but I try to live each day with gratitude and a sense of adventure. Life is short.
Who inspires you?
Everyone who is putting their energy toward making the world a better place. I have a lot of respect for people who face adversity and still keep pushing for positive change. I’m fortunate that through my work I get to meet many inspiring people from around the world.
Do you have a local hero you would like to give a shout out to?
Yes! Ingrid Helsingen Warner dedicates a lot of time to creating spaces where people feel included and also facilitates important global conversations. She is the founder of Minds of Oslo, Circles, and a co-founder of Sustainability Hub. She’s one of the first people I met when I moved to Oslo and she continues to inspire me with her commitment to building community.