About a month ago, we decided to consolidate our little collective and come up with a holistic management structure. We were deeply inspired by the work of Very Edible Gardens in Melbourne, and the amazing resources they made available online (here) for anyone wanting to apply holistic management to their system.
All members of the collective sat down, brainstormed and came up with a statement of purpose, quality of life statements (eg what we do), and modes of production (eg how we do the things we do).
We talked about ways in which to increase the community outreach aspect of our business, and came up with the idea of the Lyttleton Hub: a space where people can meet up, read from our reference library of books and help themselves to a cup of tea or coffee by donation. This gives locals the opportunity and space to get together, build community connections and allows us to share our massive combined collection of books on permaculture, art, design, craft, preserving, cooperative systems of management and more. We are very excited to have made this idea a reality with a budget of zero dollars. This was possible through re-purposing, recycling material, furniture, whatever we had at hand, and here it is! Come and enjoy the space.