The present economic model of production is unsustainable, both ecologically and socially speaking. The majority of our food is produced through chemical and often intensive agricultural systems, shown, through wide research, to be linked to problems with soil depletion, decreasing biodiversity levels, water pollution, animal welfare issues, consumer health issues and climate change. On a global scale the production of cheap products are further linked to land rights issues, deforestation, extreme poverty and global conflict.
Project management tools Kindling utilise include:
SWOT Analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project. Kindling carries out an annual SWOT analysis of the whole organisation and will often use it to decide on a projects development.
The Kindling Trust takes the quality of its work very seriously, choosing to carry out a small number of tasks and projects well and so has adopted the PQASSO quality assurance system.
There are many quallity assurance sytems available but PQASSO is specifically focused on the third sector and was adopted by Kindling for the following reasons:
There is some really good information out there about consensus decision making – the pros and cons of it and how to put it into practice, so we're not going to repeat all that here.
Consensus is simply an opinion or position reached by the group as a whole. More commonly a group will be split between those who are agree with a decision and those who do not. Often a vote is taken with the majority view prevailing. With consensus no vote is taken, instead the group discuss an issue until a general agreement is reached.
Saturday 27th March 2010 saw the Moss Side launch event of the Carbon Co-op, a new low-carbon social enterprise based in South Manchester. Founded by local residents, the Carbon Co-op aims to bring together friends, neighbours and communities in a bulk buying co-operative, purchasing low carbon technologies, from energy monitors to solar panels, at discount.
The new social enterprise aims to bring green jobs and help Manchester meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets.
Kindling has been working with South Manchester Carbon Co-op in preparation to pilot this unique initiative on two streets in Rusholme, South Manchester. Our role has been to develop the carbon co-op manual - giving top energy-saving tips; money-saving offers on things like insulation, car sharing schemes, energy saving appliances; and examples of the amazing things that other communities have done to reduce their carbon emissions and energy bills.
The following organisational tools and links aid effective and progressive working practices:
The Kindling Trust’s Health and Safety Policy
The policy is based on the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and is in three parts: The Statement, Responsibilities and Arrangements.
The Kindling Trust’s Volunteer Policy
1.0 Volunteers at The Kindling Trust
Volunteers will play a wide variety of roles in the creation and running of The Kindling Trust, from founding the project, research and outreach work, to painting and gardening.