We feel it’s pretty clear fundraising needs an update. People are disenchanted with the current ‘marketing’ of causes. An innovation to increase our support to solutions couldn’t come at a better time. We have made a more fun, sustainable and social way to support organisations we all rely on. By enabling a new fundraising pathway, through neighbours helping one another. An evolution to a circular Gift Economy. Let’s give fundraising an update. Let’s give fundraising Dignity. https://www.dignityplatform.org/marketplace
B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or LEED certification is to green building. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,000 Certified B Corps from 33 countries and over 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. http://bcorporation.uk/
More United is creating a new way of doing politics, making it less extreme, less tribal and giving you more power to make an impact. http://www.moreunited.uk/about
With a name inspired by the words of the late Jo Cox MP, More United stands for unity and inclusion, and rejects hatred and division. At the heart of our movement are our five values:
- Opportunity: we need a fair economy that bridges the gap between rich and poor
- Tolerance: we want to live in a free, diverse society where our differences are celebrated and respected
- Democracy: we want you to have real influence over politics
- Environment: we must do everything possible to tackle climate change and protect our environment
- Openness: we welcome immigration, but understand it must work for everyone, and believe in bringing down international barriers, not raising them. We also want a close relationship with the EU
Future-Fit Foundation is a non-profit organization whose vision is a future in which everyone on Earth can flourish
We build tools that equip people with the means to recognize, reward and steer the creation of value across the socioeconomic system as a whole. Insofar as is possible we aim to curate and collate, rather than create: we start with leading science and draw on the most credible and robust third party resources available.
The Future-Fit Business Benchmark is a free tool to help companies and investors transform how they create long-term value, for themselves and society as a whole. http://futurefitbusiness.org/
Andy Dunn, Creators Club https://www.creatorsclub.co.uk/
Creators Club is a community of creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs and business owners who want to take their journey into their own hands. We run events, workshops and coaching to support people to grow and collaborate so we can all achieve more.
We know that being a creator can be difficult, a bit lonely at times, and often scary when faced with new challenges. Your best work is never going to happen when you are feeling anxious or afraid. We want you to be at your peak of creativity while also being happy with the way your journey is going.
Prototyping what affordable, flexible and customisable lifelong learning might look like. https://www.enrolyourself.com/
Set out on a learning marathon. Design your route. Crowd-source the support you need to see it through.
Our mission: Re-brand lifelong learning. Build skills for the future. Model new relationships
Hi Flavour Lo Hassle Hi Veg Lo Meat Hi Impact Lo Footprint HiLo – What A Mouthful https://www.hilo.london/
HiLo is a fledgling family business founded in 2016 by siblings Jasper Wight and Tiffany Arntson. Designed to make it easier for office workers to eat better, affordably and sustainably, HiLo pots are for those who are time-pressed yet don’t want compromise on taste, nutrition and convenience.
While flavour is at the forefront, the siblings believe accessibility and convenience are integral to shifting eating habits. They hack food production systems, traditional retail solutions and routes to market to create a more relevant solution that’s also sustainable.
neighbourly.com is the social platform that connects local projects with people and organisations who want to help. We do this by breaking down traditional barriers to finding and giving help – neighbourly is a friendly network of companies, individuals, charities, councils, institutions and community groups. Our values:
- Collaboration – The power to create change comes when we work together
- Change makers – We believe in being brave and bringing about change through positive action
- Profit on purpose – There’s no shame in making a profit – it’s what you do with it that counts – as we grow a percentage of our profits will channel back to help neighbourly projects
More and more companies are joining the family. The big names include M&S, Starbucks, Heineken and Wessex Water but neighbourly welcomes companies of ALL sizes, from tiny startups to global businesses. https://www.neighbourly.com/
The consumption of non-renewable resources for single-use bottles and the amount of waste generated is profoundly unsustainable. The aim of Ooho is to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact.
What is Ooho?
It is 100% made of Plants & Seaweed. Biodegradable in 4-6 weeks, just like a piece of fruit. Edible, can be flavoured and coloured. Fresh (shelf life of a few days). 5x less CO₂, 9x less Energy vs PET. Cheaper than plastic http://www.skippingrockslab.com/ooho!.html
64 Million Artists believe everyone is creative – and that when we use our creativity, we can make change in our lives and the world around us. We use online tools, training and consultancy to empower people to reconnect with their innate creativity – whether that’s at work, at home, at school or in the community. We have worked with Arts Council England, the BBC, King’s College London, Hull 2017 and others in business, education, health and culture. They are influencing policy at a national level around the notion of Cultural Democracy and Everyday Creativity and run a national challenge every January which engages over 3000 people. www.64millionartists.com
We believe in the power of creativity and people to engage children, innovate business and connect communities.
We’re a charitable initiative that gives school communities the Inspiration and Resources to run STEAM Co. Days.
These ‘school days like no other’ are days of creative thinking and doing activities across the crucial STEAM* skills. They connect communities with schools and children with the curriculum and career/life pathways. http://www.steamco.org.uk/home
We are a UK environmental social business specialising in innovative, interactive, fun educational resources & services to help facilitate eco behavioural changes in society.
We work with businesses – large and small – to assist in staff training & engagement. We devise and deliver eco educational campaigns on behalf of government agencies and companies and work with communities, schools, universities to help educate the younger generations to live more environmentally friendly lives. https://ecoactiongames.org.uk/
We at Pathfinder believe that AWARENESS is the starting point for people and businesses to evolve.
Every person and every business is on a journey. What culture is to a group, personality is to an individual. It is essential to understand where you are on your journey and how individuals and work environments relate. There are simply too many mis-matches in the world creating too much frustration and waste. We believe business leader’s intentions come from the right place but at times they result in creating environments which are not as healthy and impactful as intended.
|We enable people in businesses not only to understand where they are on their journey and where they truly want to be, but how to find a role and working style which makes them and those around them happy.
As a result, conscious leaders create workplaces which bring everyone together with a shared purpose and enable personal growth.
|Also, companies and their cultures need to change if an organisation is meant to progress.
We create an organisational awareness which helps people to understand whatmodus operandus is required at the moment and how that relates to them.
As a result, we craft more responsive and future-proof organisations with people truly engaged in transforming towards a higher level of maturity.
The best possible matches between individuals and companies lead to happier employees, customers and more impactful businesses. https://www.pathfinder.management/
We exist to make investment a force for good. Our vision is of an investment system that truly serves savers and communities, and protects our environment for the long term.
We’re working towards a system in which long-term thinking is recognised as the best way to guarantee healthy returns. We believe that anyone can play a part in changing the investment system for good. https://shareaction.org/about-us/
The world of business is changing and fast. Complex, inter-related challenges now face all our enterprises. Future Fit by Giles Hutchins is a response to this: a workbook full with practical tips, insights and case studies, suitable for anyone from entrepreneur to seasoned business executive.
‘Brilliant…a must read for all leaders and entrepreneurs.’ Richard Barrett, Chairman and Founder of the Barrett Values Centre.
‘Essential and timely’ Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Author and Founder of the Oxford Research Group
‘A must-read’ Bob Willard, Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage
‘Inspiring, beautiful, uplifting, superb’ Euan Smith, former COO, Sky Deutschland
‘Unique and insightful’ Oliver Greenfield, Convenor, Green Economy Coalition
In Our Hands by Papakow Baiden:
When we walk a homeless person, what should we say, feel or do? How widespread is the issue? And what do homeless people, or care providers, have to endure?
In Our Hands challenges the stereotype of homelessness, and strives to bring stark clarity to the state of the issue in the UK. Through evidence based narrative, retold experiences from speaking to homeless shelter users, interviews with activists from the homelessness scene, and insights from companies lending their weight to the issue, a holistic picture is brought forth about the world of homelessness in the UK like never before. The book brings you the full picture, rooted in hard facts, and encourages reflection whilst travelling the journey between the pages. By the time you put it down, you’ll have acquired years’ worth of experiences, thoughts, and data from the UK’s homelessness scene in less than 200 pages. The entertainment factor is an accidental bonus.
Featuring contributions from The Upper Room, Charlie Bigham’s, Nando’s UK, Whole Foods Market UK, Finlay Brewers, and interviews with activists Joshua Coombes, and Mark Harvey.
The book has given Papa access to the Greater London Authority’s vice chairman on housing, MP’s, and interested companies in the UK and abroad who wish to do more on homelessness. Papa is now launching a new social enterprise to give rough sleepers in London housing support and a route to work.
Alan Moore is a craftsman of Beautiful Business and he aims to make every business on the planet as beautiful as they possibly can be. Working at the intersection between design, technology and business, Alan possesses a unique grasp on the changes that are reshaping our world.
Alan believes we have all had enough of ugly; he transforms organisations and businesses to not only thrive, but make their mark in the world through meaning and authenticity.
Working on six continents, he has shared his knowledge in the form of board and advisory positions at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Coca Cola, workshops, speaking, as well as teaching in institutions as wide ranging as MIT and Reading University, Sloan School of Management and INSEAD.
Alan is the author of 4 books, his latest Do Design, an inspirational guide to creating better things for better reasons. Things that people will love – for a long time to come. Some say beauty is a luxury. But what if it is key to creating a better world for us all? www.beautiful.business @alansmlxl
The Thinking Revolution by Dene Stuart
We need to think differently. Why?
Because the world is changing at an accelerating pace.
The old paradigms have gone, blown away by new trends. The continuing rapid change in our social landscape and the structures that support it are placing more responsibility on the individual to ensure they can contribute. This change in emphasis is driving deeper changes in the way that people are thinking about the type of society they want to live in and the roles they want play.
With these changes comes uncertainty and ambiguity; as the roles we play in our personal and professional lives no longer have a clear and obvious path.
To overcome the uncertainty and ambiguity we need to be connected to our deep, personal motivation. This only comes from a conscious understanding of our deep personal needs and a mindset that supports the drive to satisfy those needs. Without this conscious approach stress, overwhelm, frustration and disenfranchisement are the result, which is being revealed in more and studies into work and well-being.
This means as individuals we now have to consciously create our personal development and growth to protect ourselves and ensure we are not victims of change and that we can consciously create and then achieve the future we want.
These trends and the demands of modern life place mental challenges on everyone.
These pressures require a new way of thinking that is not taught in schools and universities and up until now has not been systemised in an easy and accessible way that is relevant to everyone who wants to lead a meaningful and successful life.
The Thinking Revolution is a brand new and leading edge approach to the way we think, the development of mental strength and the advancement personal growth that enables its adherents to thrive through the pressures of modern life.
Meaningful Conversations: Fearless Thought Leader’s New Tome Deconstructs Communications, Strategy, Biz Dev & Growth
Written from the work, experience and wisdom of Geoff Hudson-Searle – an international director and business thought leader – ‘Meaningful Conversations’ is rapidly poised to become the next bestselling “must have” for busy executives, business professionals and those in higher education. Simplifying and comprehensively deconstructing the over-used terms of ‘communications’, ‘strategy, ‘business development’ and ‘growth’, Hudson-Searle’s compelling volume provides refreshing new advice on thriving in today’s cutthroat and often confusing business world. One critic recently wrote, “The author uses his experience to re-evaluate key business concepts. We all need to reconsider our take on business communication and strategy. This book was really worth the investment!”.
For those of us who are so clever in the world of business, or studying with hopes of one day dominating an industry, the terms ‘communications’, ‘strategy, ‘business development’ and ‘growth’ are part of a casual, everyday lexicon. However, as proven by his overwhelming global success, thought leader and strategist Geoff Hudson-Searle knows that each of these is not just a word – but a powerful and deep concept that is often overlooked.
In his game-changing new book, ‘Meaningful Conversations’, Hudson-Searle cuts to the core of each concept in a way that will redefine anyone’s management and leadership
Sony – FutureScapes
FutureScapes is an exciting new project, which imagines how the world might look in 2025. It’s not about predicting one future, but exploring the opportunities and challenges that life in 2025 might hold and the potential role technology could play in shaping our world for the better.
The FutureScapes programme is a collaboration involving Sony, Forum for the Future, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit as well as technology magazine Wired. FutureScapes is designed to be as open and collaborative as possible, bringing together a range of ‘futures’ experts and an eclectic mix of thinkers, writers, designers. As well as involving the public to help gather a range of real perspectives on what life could be like in 2025.
What is Sony’s role?
Sony believes that technology can make a positive contribution to some of the social and environmental issues that might lie ahead in 2025. Just as it’s difficult to imagine how different the future might be, it’s also difficult to imagine what technologies we might need or encounter in the future.
What’s coming up?
Launced in October 2011, FutureScapes consists of a diverse programme of activity. From workshops to experiential events, crowd sourcing initiatives to thought pieces, storytelling to gaming, the project will incorporate a range of different practices and methods to help bring the potential different FutureScapes stories to life. We want FutureScapes to be as collaborative as possible. You can follow the project here – at the dedicated FutureScape online hub.
Hodmedod sources produce from British farms to supply sustainable, nutritious and delicious food, and is particularly interested in searching out less well-known foods, like the fava bean, which we still grow and export but haven’t eaten in Britain for centuries. The Fava bean is the only British dried bean produced in significant volumes and a very rich source of vegetable protein.
Hodmedod is a new business, founded by Nick Saltmarsh, Josiah Meldrum and William Hudson in 2012 and based on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. www.hodmedods.co.uk
The DoNation is on a mission to make sustainable living mainstream, by helping people to form healthy and environmentally friendly habits. We have developed an online tool to do this on scale, showing people that together, their small actions add up to make a big difference.
- Action for Happiness – A movement of people committed to building a happier society for everyone.
- Founded by Professor Lord Richard Layard, Geoﬀ Mulgan and Anthony Seldon.
- Launched in April 2011.Over 23,000 members from over 127 countries to date
- Draws on the latest scientiﬁc research and is backed by leading experts from ﬁelds including psychology, education, economics and social innovation.
- Provides evidence-based materials to enable members to take practical action at home, at work or in the community.
- Developing initiatives to drive action in three priority areas schools, local community groups and workplaces.
- Pushing for a much greater focus on happiness and well-being in public policy and closely involved with the UK and OECD work to measure well-being and the new World Economic Forum Council on well-being.
Small philosophy – At Cafédirect we do things differently. For over 20 years we’ve built real relationships with smallholder growers, because the big thing that smallholders have is pride and passion – and that’s what makes our award-winning coffee taste so good.
Big difference- In return we pay growers what they deserve, instead of paying middlemen. And by working in true partnership we do more, investing over 50% of our profits in growers to create a more sustainable future.
BlaBlaCar is a trusted community marketplace that connects drivers with empty seats to passengers looking for a ride. BlaBlaCar transports over 400, 000 people every month creating an entirely new, people powered, transport network. With a dedicated customer service, a state of the art web and mobile platform, and a fast-growing community of users, BlaBlaCar is making travel social, money-saving and more efficient for millions of members across Europe.
For more information, check out our super infographics here: www.blablacar.com/people-powered-travel
Oxfam works on vital issues to tackle the root causes of poverty, from life’s basics – food, water, health and education – to complex questions around aid, climate change and human rights.
Rubies in the Rubble is a Social Enterprise, founded in 2011. It makes handmade chutneys and preserves from surplus, unsold produce that would otherwise go to waste, as a means of providing employment to low income women. The founder, 27 year old Jenny Dawson, shares her story:
I always knew I wanted a job that I felt contributed positively to the environment and people around me, but it wasn’t till my first early morning visit to New Covent Garden Market on my bike one frosty morning in November 2010 that the potential idea for Rubies in the Rubble was born! Going to the market was incredible: such a diverse range of people living by night and sleeping by day, trading anything from durians to brussel sprouts. Just along from the bustle of the traders, however, were the piles of unwanted fruit and veg- mangoes from the Philippines, tomatoes from Turkey – all of which bypassed the flurry of shoppers and headed straight for the bin.
How can we be this wasteful when so many in the UK struggle to afford to feed their families healthy meals? Approximately 4 million are affected by food poverty in the UK, with malnutrition costing the NHS £13billion a year. What could I do with all this food?
Mum had always made chutney and jams from any excess in the garden, and I had been faithfully following her recipes for years. It made sense to view this urban problem simply as a large scale food glut from the farm. At the time, I was volunteering with vulnerable women, and just put two and two together: tackling the shortage in jobs, with our surplus in food.
The brand has been going from strength to strength, and Rubies in the Rubble is now available in numerous retailers across London, including Jeroboams and Fortnum & Mason, and can be found on Saturday market stalls from Borough to Duke of York square. We’ve set up a commercial kitchen onsite at New Spitalfields wholesale market, where we can source our ingredients fresh from the market before they’re discarded. The more chutneys sold, the more food saved from unnecessary waste, and the more opportunities provided for those who need it: fingers crossed, we’ll keep on spreading!
Global Action Plan is an award-winning environmental charity providing the UK’s only environmental behaviour change projects endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Since 1993, we’ve helped over 750,000 people make practical changes that create environmental savings in businesses of all sizes, as well as communities, schools and with young people. www.globalactionplan.org.uk/
Set up by Roz Davies in 2002 Sew Much Fun was one of the first to offer classes to adults and children using contemporary fabrics and attractive sewing projects to entice a new generation to the joy of creative sewing. Locally we now have many sewers making original gifts for friends and family and our tried and tested project range expands on a weekly basis. We use the shop to inspire and encourage everyone that you can sew anything! re-cycle, up-cycle, or create from new whilst having ‘Sew Much Fun’ !
Our website is on its way so we can service our International customers better and also share our skills and knowledge. Our handmade commission service offers an opportunity for those without the time to learn these new skills to order original and personalised gifts.
Decarbonice produces products and attaches Gold standard and Social carbon credits to them, in order to offset periods of time for the people that buy them. Christmas cards are our first product. When bought, they offset a weeks worth of Christmas carbon for a friend or family member. These are currently the only greeting cards available that can offset carbon and also aim to spread awareness surrounding climate change in a friendly way. The cards are made from 100% recycled FSC card and have biodegradable cello wraps. https://www.facebook.com/decarbonice
The Wonderbag is fabric bag insulated with recycled polystyrene, which finishes cooking a dish that has been brought to the boil on a stove, without using any additional energy. A chicken, for example, could be cooked on the stove for 15 minutes. The pot is then simply placed in the bag, the insulated textile lid secured and “hey presto”, three hours later , the dish is ready. Just like magic! Significantly, it can address fuel shortages (and associated deforestation) and assist in reducing the incidence of respiratory diseases associated with polluting cooking stoves. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves was created precisely to address this issue, recently highlighted by Hollywood actress Julia Roberts’Guardian Environment blog. The Wonderbag also reduces time spent tending to cooking, prevents food from burning, reduces CO2 emissions and saves water. This low-carbon cooking bag is already being used in 150,000 South African households, and used 3-4 times a week, each bag is estimated to save 0.5 tonnes of carbon per year. A further 5 million bags are on order from consumer goods giant Unilever.
- Social interaction
- Reuse of materials
- Skills and resource exchange
- Playful and creative learning
Decision Integrity Limited is a research enterprise working on holistic approaches that benefit sustainable systems, projects, communities, organisations and societies.
Its founder, Anthony Hodgson, has developed a world system model upon which he has based the IFF World Game. The World Game is a fun way for groups of people to increase their awareness and under-standing of the issues of sustainability as a whole pattern of interconnected factors. It provides a comprehensive basis for collaborative projects in sustainability and resilience. Without an understanding of the whole pattern of interconnections we easily overlook the consequences of how one thing affects another so that often a solution in one area can create problems in another. It is an enjoyable education in whole systems thinking that does not need any technical background.
Mary’s Living & Giving Shops for Save the Children were established in 2009 from a philosophy created for Save the Children by retail expert, Mary Portas. But they go much deeper than just shopping.
Run by local people for local people, Mary’s Living & Giving Shops for Save the Children are a collaboration of people’s ideas, values and beliefs. They are community hubs. They are where you can come to find inspiration, share a bit of local news, a skill, the time of day.
Every item donated or sold through our shops is used to fund the vital work we do at Save the Children. At a time when global brands, shopping centres and the internet play an ever-increasing role in our lives, we offer a revolutionary antidote – a human and ethical shopping experience.
What could be more ethical than saving children’s lives as you shop?
We are shopping with heart and soul. We are living and giving.
Becky Jones and Clare Lewis set up Adventure Walks Books in 2012 after writing the Adventure Walks for Families guidebooks, published by Frances Lincoln.
Adventure Walks books were created out of a desire to inspire families to get back to the simple things in life and do something together that’s good for everyone: getting the family out for a good walk. Children enjoy exploring the great outdoors and, once you get them out there, they love nothing better than a family ramble in the woods. It’s the getting them out of the house that’s the tricky bit. That’s where Adventure Walks for Families fit in: they are walks with a twist. Family friendly walks (not too long; good place to eat etc) are woven into adventures and given different themes to entice and inspire: children’s classic stories; characters from history; stories of myths and legends. Each walk is turned into an adventure. The books dip into nostalgic childhoods to find fun and diverting things to do that so many urban kids seem to have forgotten: climbing trees, getting muddy, building shelters, foraging for food, going on a scavenger hunt, tracking and trailfinding, making paper boats, naming wild flowers and identifying trees, reading stories and singing songs. London Adventure Walks applies the same formula to the city: interweaving the stories and history of London in ways that appeal to children. Illustrated by children, enjoyed by children and tried and tested by children, Adventure Walks will give families a great, mostly free day out.
Energise Barnet is a ‘pilot’ community energy services project and if successful, will be replicated across London and elsewhere. Established in March 2011 as a social enterprise (CIC), it aims to deliver £50 million of social, economical and environmental benefit in the London Borough of Barnet over the next five years.
A fascinating board game which simulates the complex social, political and economic dynamics of sustainability issues. Perspectivity has worked with LSE, Shell, Manchester Business School, Schumacher Institute, Monmouthshire Council, Global Action plan and others to support efforts to move people into a more ready mindset for sustainability and working with complexity.
Persepectivity Foundationo U.K. is currently working on developing collaborations using the Persepectivity Game to seed courses, our first will be a one day ‘Systems Thinking Primer’.
The commercial arm Perspectivity Enterprise can work in U.K. and abroad to develop and deliver various Organisational Development and whole system interventions.
For enquiries in the U.K. firstname.lastname@example.org 07976 371 983
Mobilising Brixton’s wasted resources and hidden skills. The Remakery is a platform for local reuse and enterprise development in Brixton, south London. The project was developed under the working title of Brixton Reuse Centre until September 2011 and has recently been re-named.
Change agents for sustainable development. E3G is an independent not-for-profit organisation, established in 2004, that works in the public interest to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development.
Through Mindful Maps, Emily offers Graphic Harvesting, Visual Facilitation and Social Art to groups and individuals. Using a variety of tools she draws out empathy with information and helps people learn creatively in order to visualise process and positive change. By documenting processes and journeys through creating physical artifacts, Mindful Maps helps navigate and design pathways to more creative and sustainable realities.
Based in London and Singapore, Volans is a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship movements. They apply their thought leadership and global networks across these areas to develop solutions for entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and leaders. www.volans.com