Our founder, a hero! (Observer Ethical Awards)

Dear members of our Golden Community, You know that our future is in young people, that our future is in bees and nature and that our future is in strengthening and encouraging the changemakers who bring onto the horizon a way of doing things that is both revolutionary and gentle.  Zoe is one of these people. Please vote for her to be this years Local Unsung Hero in the Observer Ethical Awards, and bring down a choir to celebrate her stunning work. Gustavo …. Voting for Local Unsung Hero is now over, but please keep your fingers crossed for Thursday June 13th when we find out if Zoe will win at the “Green Oscars” Also worth noting that our partners at Warren Evans, where we keep bees and run employee engagement have also been nominated for the award of Ethical Retailer!...

TEDx Businesses behaving like bees create value

When businesses behave a little bit more like bees and natural systems, they can excel while creating value over and above their own needs. Watch the video of Gustavo talking at TEDx LBS (London Business School) about our work bringing together young people and business employees around their shared need for nature. He talks about characteristics of the colony that allow it to maintain the conditions necessary for the creation of life while also enriching and enhancing the environment around them. This work benefits other species including humans by supporting global agriculture, economies and the beauty of the landscape....

Athena: feminine leadership

“We live in a world that’s increasingly social, interdependent and transparent. And in this world, feminine values are ascendant,” according to a new book by John Gerzema called The Athena Doctrine . He and pullitzer-prize winning journalist Michael D’antonio claim that there is a growth in  leadership which demonstrates traditionally conceived feminine traits and that this type of leadership will not only help businesses excel, but also do good. As part of their research the authors interviewed directors Anjum, Gustavo and Zoe and you can see a profile of Zoe Palmer on John Gerzema’s website. Our work with the bees has always helped us communicate to diverse groups the idea that not all leadership structures reflect the traditional “male” model seen in most large companies. Most of the colony is female, and all the workers are as is the queen. Within the hive there are up to 20 different genetic lines which could be in competition, but the potential egg layers cooperate in order to maintain the conditions necessary for the creation of life that benefit them all. Extending the metaphor beyond what the book (or we) advocate, the drones – the males – are not welcome in the colony over winter, when they would be a drain on resources and from August onwards if they have not left of their own accord their sisters can be seen attacking and even dismembering them!...