Our Guiding Principles, Aims and Objectives

The Kindling Trust is defined by seven guiding principles that are the foundations both of everything that we do, and of the way in which we work towards our aims and live our lives.

We have developed a number of objectives, that will help us to meet our aims. The table below shows a number of objectives, and gives an idea of how they are related to our overall aims and principles. These are examples, and should not be thought of as an exclusive or exhaustive list of objectives.

Some of the objectives provided may be motivated by more than one principle, and will meet more than one aim.

Guiding Principle: Radical (from the latin meaning to address the root source of a problem)

Aim: Objectives:

Be a catalyst for Social Change.

Establish a centre for social change.

Develop an influential profile through:

  • Strengthening the voice of progressive ideas and projects.
  • Taking strategic action for change.

Guiding Principle: Ecological Sustainability

Aim: Objectives:

Promote sustainable land use.

Research, and demonstrate sustainable land use through our own practices – producing food sustainably for local consumption, and through supporting other land based enterprises and projects.

Promote low impact building initiatives that provide housing and services for local need.

Ensure responsible resource use.

Develop, demonstrate and educate on good practice:

  • Become a zero-waste project.
  • Create and promote ‘Network Production' models.
  • Develop rural-urban partnerships.

Provide services to enable others to reduce their ecological impact.

Aim: Objectives:

Acknowledge the gravity of climate change and the urgent need for realistic solutions.

Promote mitigation solutions and be a carbon positive demonstration project:

  • Investigating and developing carbon-sink options. Utilising and promoting appropriate technologies.
  • Supporting and engaging with scientific research involved in producing/investigating technologies to promote ecological sustainability.
  • Educating and campaigning on climate change.

Guiding Principle: Local Resilience

Aim: Objectives:

Strengthen local economies and promote community cohesion.

Create a social enterprise zone.

Use and promote social and community enterprise networks for trading.

Source appropriate goods and services as locally as possible.

Purchase directly from vulnerable progressive social enterprises and support them to become resilient communities.

Guiding Principle: Justice

Aim: Objectives:

Recognise and challenge the reality of global inequality: Social, economic and environmental.

Create a social enterprise zone.

Use and promote social and community enterprise networks for trading.

Source appropriate goods and services as locally as possible.

Purchase directly from vulnerable progressive social enterprises and support them to become resilient communities.

Show solidarity with others working for social change particularly in the Global South.

Identify and promote a standard of living which recognises the need to share global resources more equally (i.e. be globally sustainable).

Aim: Objectives:
De-legitimising violence.

Promote non-violent solutions to resolving global conflict.

Provide space and support for organisations who confront violence at an international level.

Guiding Principle: Social Cohesion

Aim: Objectives:
Challenge the polarisation of society locally and globally.

Facilitate interaction between different potentially polarised communities.

Work with communities to seek solutions to rural poverty.

Guiding Principle: Participatory

Aim: Objectives:

Promoting a truly democratic society.

Explore options and develop participation models (e.g. consensus decision making) and lead by example to promote these ways of working.

Provide support, facilitation and conflict resolution services to co-operative organisations in times of crisis.

Demonstrate that science, technology and economics can be more accessible and functional through appropriate technology, rational scientific debate and experimentation and the use of open source solutions.

Provide volunteering opportunities in a supportive environment.

Guiding Principle: Constructive Approach

Aim: Objectives:

Inspire and create opportunity.

Establish entrepreneurial approaches to problems.

Adopt constructive decision making which focuses on solutions.

Enable and support people to be in a position to create change.

Provide long-term security for the resident group, by exploring alternative models of investment, wages and pensions, and promote these models.

The Kindling Trust is a not for profit social enterprise with charitable aims (Company number: 6136029).
Kindling Trust Ltd - Unit 19, 41 Old Birley St, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5RF