About Uscreating new livelihoods and enterprises
We are creating new livelihoods and enterprises; helping people take on the exciting challenge of transforming the economic destiny of their community – moving away from the doomed ‘business as usual’ model and toward something that helps build resilience rather than destroy it.
Our overriding purpose is to rebuild resilient communities and reduce CO2 emissions.
We are a Transition-oriented Enterprise (TE) that offers opportunity and hope despite the challenges we face. We favour a system of trade and exchange that’s more sustainable, equitable and anchored in wellbeing, rather than just economic growth at any cost.
We want to see enterprises that support a local economy, improve wellbeing, and protect the environment.
A wide range of business models in each local economy can help provide the diversity needed for stronger resilience. But we are concentrating on being a TE.
TEs apply commercial strategies for improvements in social and environmental conditions, rather than maximising profits to external shareholders or just providing jobs – we do provide jobs of course, but also so much more.
Clearly TEs can’t transform the local economy on their own – there need to be systemic changes such as alternative means of exchange, pricing that values natural capital, more co-operation among smaller local enterprises, and industrial symbiosis where the waste of one businesses is used by another.
Strengthen community resilience
TEs help meet the main needs of the community despite wider economic instability, energy and resource shortages, and climate change impacts. TEs are also resilient in themselves, seeking to be financially sustainable and as independent of external funding as possible.
For example, food enterprises such as our hydroponic greenhouses that provide low cost, healthy food directly to local residents.
Appropriate resource use
Es make efficient and appropriate use of natural resources, respecting finite limits and minimising and integrating waste streams. The use of fossil fuels is minimised, and use of renewable energy sources maximised.
For example, our greenhouses use 99% less water, and we capture and use waste heat and CO2 from existing installations.
More than profit
TEs aim to provide affordable, sustainable products and services and decent livelihoods, rather than just generate excessive profits for others. TEs can be profitable, but excess profits are used for wider benefit rather than just enriching individuals.
For example, we encourage local partnerships in all of our projects.
Part of the community
TEs work towards building a common wealth, owned and controlled as much as is practical by their workers, customers, tenants and communities. They treat and pay all workers fairly. They have structures that are as equitable, inclusive, and accountable as possible. They consciously operate as part of a collaborative, mutually supportive local system.
For example, we operate under a very flat organizational structure, and we encourage part ownership and management by local people.
TEs operate at a scale appropriate to the environment, their markets, and their sector. They source, distribute and interact with the wider economy. They don’t have to grow endlessly. They provide local goods for local people as locally as possible, where this makes sense.
For example, locally owned bus services, food production, or power generation as demonstrated by our projects.
Feel free to Contact Us to learn more.