Cornwall is cracking along with a fantastic collaboration between the cultural and the tourism sectors - and it's awfully, awfully exciting...make sure you sign your name in here to be kept up to date...
reboot champ: team bosinver
Bosinver are GOOD at communicating - inspiring their visitors to get outside and get dirty.
the point about scything...
Scything. On old skill - and a fossil fuel, healthy, productive way of harvesting grass and managing wildflower meadows..
wonderful wonderful willow
Willow is awesome. It turns wetland into better habitat, helps store water, captures carbon, creates pollinator space and offers material for baskets, walls, fencing and staking. Awesome.
ReBoot Champ: Lizzy
Lizzy Stroud, Railholidays - lots of expertise on planting, pollinators and habitat
Our natural environment is in decline...and it's hurting the economy...
So....we've figured out that trashing our natural systems isn't a fab idea...
Now CoaSTies Are Going Outside...
CoaSTies have got their internal business practices sorted and now they're going outside...
new visitengland sustainable tourism marketing toolkit
VisitEngland launches new sustainable tourism marketing tool.
airbnb provokes debate around regulation
Compelling: the emerging sharing economy (creating more economic value without using more resource) doesn't fit the current system - a rethink is needed
are champions good or bad for your business??
So - are Green Champions good or bad for your business? Talking point...
the bath bone's connected to the sea bone...
CoaST is working with Bude Cleaner Seas to develop bespoke towel cards - and they're doing the business!
Cornwall is UK's first rural Social Enterprise Zone
That stuff about the triple bottom line? This is what we MEAN! :)
no male invertebrate is in charge
Paul Hawkin points out something we have possibly radically underestimated. Reasons to be cheerful...
This is what we are. A social enterprise; a not for private profit business, trading for people and planet: here to bring benefit to the communities, and the lands, in which we work, and using a business to do that.
positive defiance in the Basque Country
There are some among us who have the chutzpah to do it differently. And so much better....
the wrong beans
What if...we've been counting the wrong beans all this time? Or rather - only counting some, and missing out the most important ones??
what's nature ever done for us
Tony Juniper nails it. Wake up and smell the coffee of what the world does to keep us breathing.
the horns of a dilemma
Tim Jackson's lecture at the School of Law. Busting with positive deviance. Even economists do it. And thank God for that, we say.
we are the people we've been waiting for
Ed Gillespie tells it as it is. We Are The People We've Been Waiting For.
wrens: small, noisy and very territorial!
"Time to go back to the future where we have control over our own energy. Time to stop faffing about". Indeed! The words of a very wise man!
clean, green and gorgeous hits Bodmin
How cleaning need not be a cardinal sin against the environment...
the power of ten
It's back. The CoaST annual party - noisy, exciting, and full of positive deviance. Booking form right here....crack on!
brave new money worlds
We love this. Great article - food for thought if you haven't mulled over this stuff yet...this is a FABULOUS intro...
Looe Marine Conservation Group in action!
Looe Marine Conservation Group has hit the ground running...
low carbon ladock
Local energy generation expected to add over £2m to Ladock parish over next 20 years
fishy ambassador leads the way!
Fishy CoaST Ambassador Harbour Lights is a proper Positive Deviant - go for it, guys!
so - are you fogged up?
SAS have a new campaign: save our beaches - don't pour fats, oils and greases...simple!
Cornwall Green Doors
Bristol started this! But we love it - a rolling programme of CoaSTies who throw open their doors to share their smart green expertise....
water framework what?
Water Framework? Directive? Wossat? It's a new bit of law. From the EU. And it'll help us clean up our waters....
discovering the extraordinary
What's the best way to communicate our heritage? Books? Songs? Semaphore? Here's a few tips...
utterly brilliant bus marketing
First we brought you the Piano Staircase. Then we brought you the World's Longest Drop. Now we bring you - The Cool Bus. Awesome. We LOVE this.:)
it's really, really good to talk...no, REALLY.
I bet you didn't realise how important talking was until you read this. It's a "duh" moment; and we all need them....
there's a would be greenie in us all...
It could be as easy as just helping someone feel they're one of the good guys...
sunny side of life? Really?
The truth will out: twitter reveals the reality of repression in resort paradise....
positive deviants are kicking financial *ss
We're waking up and smelling the coffee...with knobs on...
brave new transportation world?
Slowly, slowly, we can see a new transport architecture being built...
my intellectual v*****
This is one of the most extraordinary guys I have seen on my screen. A head and heart - ful of "those si, se peude" moments.... (roughly translated as "yes, we can"....)
rspb says wind power works for birds
The RSPB, the UK charity working to protect bird populations, has given the greenlight to use wind energy to power its own activities.
south west and midlands now in drought
Official drought zones have been declared in a further 17 English counties, as a warning came that water shortages could last until Christmas.
world (heritage) champions
We're adding to the Champion Family...welcome to the World Heritage Champions ...
co-op group means green bizness
The Co-operative Group has smashed its carbon emissions reduction target of 35 per cent by 2017, meeting it instead this year.
exmoor is first dark skies reserve in the uk
Exmoor is the first Dark Skies Reserve in the UK...another great success from the south west...
a cracking idea, grommit...
North Devon has waves, and beaches, and no way for young surfers to get there. So they just figured it out, and made a way....fantastic!
the happy museum
The Happy Museum. Think about it...do we ever put those words together in our own minds?
good money: ethical finance
It's one the biggest ways we can make sure we're having a positive impact. Or let a negative one happen in our name. Fortunately, easy to fix. :)
ethics r us
Well, that's a bit of a stretch. But we like to keep the issue on the table. Right in the middle. Because what's the alternative?
six top tips for getting your message across
Here are six super simple tips for getting that message across...
On Small, Collaboration, and The Having of Faith.
Smallest room; biggest talker? David Goldblatt talks about Toilets He Has Mused From...
great time + green message = change for good!
Bosinver Cottages are one of our Ambassador businesses...and they make it an Ambassadorial priority to be an Agent of Change...
sharing the work
Heresy? Generally a good thing to allow a bit of heretical thought..keeps us on our toes. A slap across the face of Complacency. A little unpleasant, but always invigorating.
car free idea: CoaST members' suggestions
CoaST members have loads of suggestions. Use this to add your own, and see what else is being suggested.
Have you ever come home more exhausted than you were before you left? Say no more... have a look at these links to those fantastic slow travel movements who can help you help your visitors travel in a more relaxing pace.
A programme being currently run by the University of Exeter, this provides space for leaders and open innovators to come together and start to crack the carbon conundrum. Helmets will be provided.
coast consultancy services
From dipping your little toe into the waters of sustainable tourism, to your first lengths, to full on open ocean breaststroke. We can help you with the kit, the swimming costume, and the training programme.
One of the ways we communicate with our members is by running CoaST Hosts - gatherings at a CoaST member property, to build in good opportunities to talk face to face, to celebrate achievement, hear new ideas, and plan the next ones.
In CoaST speak, though, not the sort of leadership that involves elbowing your way to the top as fast as humanly possible ensuring at all times that one is seen to be better than the rest. .
An easy way to help our visitors make lots of tiny, and crucial, contributions to their favourite thing about their holiday...
giving the (green) finger
Futerra, our particularly splendid comms experts mates in London, inspired us to do this...
outstanding cornwall: visitor charter
Bespoke CoaST Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Visitor Charter - use on your website, and in your printed material!
Have you ever wondered about why you seem to be repeatedly going against the grain; pushing the other way; wanting to Not Go where everyone seems to be headed, almost by instinct?
the longest drop
So simple it's delicious. Compare this to the sort of bins you're asked to put your rubbish into; clean and cool? or big and dirty and unloved? it really matters.
the fun theory
It's a no brainer, really. We like doing stuff that's fun. So that's what change needs to be. You'll never look at a staircase in the same way again.