Chrissie Sherwood set up Injabulo.com, which sells beautiful handmade buttons made by a women’s co-operative in South Africa, because she was so inspired to create a way by which we can all benefit from their creativity and in so doing they can create better lives for themselves. It’s not just that her business is a great example of creative living; she’s creative too, not least in how she works from home. Chrissie is doing much more than saving the world one button at a time, she’s giving back and receiving infinitely as a result.
When Kerry Bettinson left University with no idea what she wanted to do, she saw an opportunity in the herd of Alpaca her parents had reared as part of their idyllic country home. Now, at the age of 25, Kerry runs a successful business working with over 15 tonnes of wool each year, employing dozens of women in the UK and Peru and which leads the resurging trend of hand craftmanship, knitting and felting amongst modern youth.
While still in university Daniel Abadi fell in love with the nostalgia of being a tea merchant. Rather than let the dream fade, Daniel made the leap of faith to found Topper’s Teas and now sources and sells ethically produced tea of incredible quality. In this episode he invites us to catch a rare glimpse of a business in it’s early stages and to learn from his creative solutions to overcome the hurdles…
Bees, beekeeping and honey are the backdrop to our lives appearing in literature from Virgil, who used them as an analogy to society, to Winnie-the-Pooh. Around the world, they work together tirelessly and selflessly to produce sweetness for the good of their colony. Along the way they fertilise crops resulting in 1/3 of the world’s food. Tony Maggs invites us to peak into this fascinating world and shares his secret for producing what is without a doubt the best jar of honey I’ve ever eaten…
FACT: There are some areas of the Pacific were there is more plastic than plankton. Horrified by the implications of this on the health of marine and land creatures alike, Beth Williams quit working as an Ecologist and founded Turtle Bags, which creates inexpensive reusable string bags as an alternative to plastic ones. Hear her story…
Brompton Bicycles are the iconic folding bicycle which have revolutionised transport options for tens of thousands worldwide. Its inventor Andrew Ritchie has given us a personal transport solution, allowing us to rethink, vary and adapt our journeys so we are free and independent – we can choose where to go, when and how.
David Erdal leads the way in inspiring companies to belong to their employees. Sharing responsibility and ownership allows people to work together for the common good rather than one working for the other for the better benefit of one and the survival of the other. David, author of Local Heroes, which tracks the journey of a Scottish seafood company now owned by its employees, is passionate people breaking out of the Us v Them mentality and offers very pracitcal solutions for doing so.
Marc Allen, founder and President of New World Library, successful author and musician, is a renaissance man to inspire you with his generosity both in spirit and in kind, and the ease he has created around him to live the life of his dreams.
Guruka Singh is the founder and CEO of Sikhnet.com, the premiere Sikh Web site which is based on a highly successful new business model of horizontal teamwork and open communication. Its far-reaching and far-thinking approach is a model for the future.
Kath Whitworh, runs the award winning Celtic Sheepskin with her husband Nick. The Celtic Sheepskin Co began in the mid 1970′s as the original Ugg Co, making Ugg Boots and assorted leather goods. Since then, the company has steadily expanded to become one of the largest suppliers of sheepskin footwear and clothing in the UK and has been trading on-line for over a decade with customers from all around the globe. Celtic Sheepskin is an excellent example of how it is possible to produce excellent products, at reasonable prices, with a clear conscience.
Linda Bloomfield is a potter who makes and sells the most beautiful porcelain tableware. She has fused Oriental influences and the Western tradion of pottery to create items which are not only aesthetically pleasing to both the oriental and western eye but are also functional and a joy to use daily. Her love for her craft sings through her work and brings joy not just to her as she makes it but to all who subsequently have the pleasure to use it.
Caroline Bodger, of White Cloud Trading, set up her highly successful internet business with her husband several years ago from her home, selling wool duvets from New Zealand – all because her son couldn’t sleep and when she discovered pure wool bedding solved the problem she wanted to share it with the world.