"Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into a reality for all the world’s people"



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The most often quoted definition comes from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development:


sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Achieving social, economic and environmental sustainability is an aim of many millions.

Let's remind ourselves:

  • There are 3 million co-ops around the world – with 1.2 billion members.

  • That means 12% of the people on Earth are part of a co-op.

  • In the UK, more than 7,000 co-ops contribute £39.7bn to the economy

  • 14 million people in the UK are members of a co-op

  • Co-ops employ 280 million people across the globe – that 10% of the world’s employed population.

Whilst this in itself demonstrates a strong social movement toward addressing sustainability challenges and transition to a more regenerative society, the cooperative movement is not alone in this endeavour. There are millions of other social enterprises, charities, and voluntary community organisations providing vital services in our communities, driven by sustainability and regenerative social and wellbeing development imperatives.

Doing more good

One of the challenges to be resolved is how we leverage the individual benevolence and contribution of organisations to establish the model for delivery of collective good. That is to say:


  • Better recognise cause and effect of social issues and wellbeing concerns and engage the various specialist resources and capabilities from across our communities to collaborate in delivery of solutions needed.

  • And recognise the broader needs of community and engage to collaborate on addressing these challenges in a sustainable way.

  • In the process empower communities by transferring knowledge skills to increase self sufficiency.

At eCulture solutions, employing our unique approach to profiling of services, and mapping of these to places, and aligning this with a model describing social return on investment measure improves the ability to secure social investment, and establish the engagement, collaboration and cooperation needed to delivery sustainable and regenerative change driven by our communities.

Tell us about your community project and lets engage to collaborate?

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OUR communitiesWELLBEING

Development of place based solutions through  cooperative engagements

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ComMunity Needs

Qualifying social investment need with social return on investment (SROI) opportunity.

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Co-DESIGN & Co-production SOLUTIONS

Engaging peoples living experience to implement services and solutions fit for purpose

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MEASURING Social Return on Investment

Building meaningful social return on investment measures to secure greater social investment for change

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mAKING change 

Helping communities to thrive through process of  continuous sustainable wellbeing development.