We have posh neighbours! David Cameron’s “family” home is about six or seven miles away. In a different direction Richard Branson lives – well for a few weeks a year – about five miles away.
Mr Branson has just published a book, a seven year personal project no less, called “Screw Business as Usual”. Mr Cameron outlined his own concept of messing with the perceived ”norm” a couple of years back, his vision is of course called “The Big Society”.
In short they are both saying there is a different way of doing things.
Who’d argue with that when we see examples on a daily basis that scream loud and clear that the old economy does NOT work: Banks, Newspapers, Energy Companies and massive Scottish Football clubs all extremely ”mature” businesses with last century business models that are faiing. But they are not even close to being the best example of our failed economic thinking, we should reserve that honour for the NEETS list! One million teenagers out of work and we have failed that generation on such a massive scale we have had to create a new list for them to be on:
“NEET is a government acronym for people currently “not in education, employment or training”. It was first used in the UK but its use has spread to other countries, including Japan, China and South Korea. People under the designation are called NEETs.”
We even exported it; how positively not neat is that? Clearly an extremely intense complexity I turn for guidance to one of our other neighbours, Winston Churchill who resides for 365 days a year less than four miles from us, he wrote: “out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge”. An intense simplicity has emerged.
Our three villages have now found another way of buying stuff as a group and by challenging and changing the current economic model we have created the opportunity for NEETS kids to develop their own micro-venture. On Saturday nearly 200 bags of compost – bought together at a group discounted rate and delivered into the community on one truck – were wheelbarrowed to the doors or up the steep steps or round the back of garden sheds of 45 local residents. This is the third micro-venture that the NEETS kids have generated from our group buying activities. It is about a community acting intelligently and finding an intensely simple solution, and by doing so changing the economy. Along the way the power of the group also influenced behaviour change – fifty percent of that compost was peat free, the other peat reduced. That is a truly sustainable development.
One of our neighbours would be impressed – the other two are probably too busy looking for solutions with intense complexity to notice.