Why did I start Community Buying…?


I guess i started Community Buying because i wanted to influence that difference, I saw an injustice. I wanted to influence the change that would right that wrong. 

My background is consultant in all things to do with Sustainability: hence the latest Community Buying venture is involving Heat Pumps. So I certainly did not launch Community Buying to become an expert on Heating OIL that’s for sure. I did it because I believe when you see what you perceive to be an injustice then you should do everything you can to follow the philosophy of those who knew a thing or two about fighting for a cause: “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.

What happened is almost impossible to fathom – millions of pounds saved, thousands of members joining the group and, probably of greatest importance, hundreds of communities finding their voice and saying enough! Simple as this, when a community chooses it can achieve anything. Those that come together and change the way they buy stuff via Community Buying are then able to evolve that it many different ways.

This week I head to speak at the DTA Scotland conference and I cannot wait to meet so many people that influence communities and inspire change where many believe it is impossible. In my session we are going to go all Pimlico! One of my favourite old films is one of the classic Ealing Comedies: “Passport to Pimlico”. Watch out because we are going to design a brand new product in that session…actually I am going to let them do all the hard work: they will be designing it!

passport to pimlico

As ever, come and say hello:  chris@community-buying.com