We live in a world in which humans and ecosystems are exploited for the sake of greed and power, and we believe that to create real change, we need to come together to confront injustice and build alternatives.
Seeds for Change exists to support groups who are trying to do just that, and who share our core values of equality, freedom and solidarity - for human beings, other animals and the ecosystems we are part of.
We are a workers' co-op of experienced campaigners and co-operators. We offer training, facilitation, online resources and other support for campaigns, community groups and co-operatives.
The change your group is working for might be short-term and achievable, or wide-reaching and ambitious. You might be fighting to improve your own lives, protect the planet or change the political system.
We aim to help your group get better at making that change - by being more strategic, and more sustainable. We also help you co-operate more effectively within your groups - and to live by values like freedom, equality and solidarity in the here and now, in how you relate to each other.
The way we run our trainings reflects these values as well. We don't see ourselves as outside experts coming in to tell you what to do! We will pass on tips and suggestions from other groups and our own experience - and support you to work out your own solutions to the problems you face.
We are passionate about social justice and ecological sustainability. Between us we have around 50 years of ongoing involvement in environmental and social justice campaigns, from feminism to anti-fracking, anti-globalisation to no borders. We have been involved in setting up 18 co-ops and community projects, from food co-ops to a queer night to a free shop.
Our collective experience in campaigning and co-operative organising helps us provide training that is grounded in a good understanding of your context. As well as being closely connected to the movements we work with, we each bring at least fifteen years experience of delivering training in a wide variety of contexts.
Since we set up in 2000 we have worked with hundreds of different groups - which puts us in a great place to learn from different movements, and help cross-fertilise ideas between them.
Some examples of groups we've worked with in the last few years: Abortion Rights Campaign in Ireland, Green Action Food Co-op in Leeds, Moss Side Community Allotment, Earth First! gatherings, anti-austerity groups in Liverpool, Newcastle Beyond Borders, Frack Free Lancashire, Leeds Bread Co-op, Radical Routes, Unicorn Grocery in Manchester, People and Planet groups and many more.
We are a workers' co-op because it allows us to work non-hierarchically - we as members of the co-op decide together what's best for us and the groups we support.