I believe that communities of people, working together, can build systems which will be crucial to the achievement of a sustainable, fulfilling, peaceful and enjoyable future.
In fact I have seen this happen many times through my work with;
- Community-owned farms growing high-quality food for the community
- Community-owned energy businesses generating green energy for local consumption whilst generating an income for the community
- Community-owned transport operations
- Community-owned food distribution businesses. See a summary here
In the process of building and developing these community enterprises, these people are building networks which then facilitate the initiation of other operations. I see this virtuous circle resulting in resilient communities of happy, safe, successful people - generation after generation.
I see my role as a facilitator of this process. I listen to what needs to happen. I design workshops and other processes to encourage communication. I run interactive presentations of my experience of working with over 150 similar community groups across the UK over the last 14 years. I mentor groups to set up their own projects and train other mentors to do the same. I make sure that my involvement is temporary. I encourage networking between communities to share good practice – see www.localunited.net
I have a reputation with my clients for being efficient, highly organised and fun to work with: “it didn’t feel like work but we got so much done!”.