Create Seven is a not-for-profit ‘Community Interest Company’ run as a co-operative and owned by a community of people who are seeking to develop and use their leadership to co-create a positive change in our society. All modules and programmes are facilitated by leadership psychologists and supported by specialists across a range of fields.
Our society is environmentally, economically and psychologically unsustainable. We need leaders who can create a more sustainable future for us all. Create Seven is driven by the purpose to develop and enable leaders to create a more sustainable society.
Our Shared Vision
Create Seven will reinvigorate leadership to co-create a more sustainable future by working with a significant, diverse and inclusive membership of new leadership pioneers and by working in close partnership with the Centre for Alternative Technology and other like-minded organisations worldwide. By 2023 Create Seven will be:
- Established as a change maker, shaking up 'leadership' and reinvigorating a desire to be a leader
- Co-creating a better, more sustainable, future with 1,000 New Leadership Pioneers (members) out in our society around the world
- Well known for its principles and values
- Have a membership made up of a completely diverse set of leaders, from all ages, backgrounds, incomes and classes
- Have employees, members and steering group managing the organisation on a day-to-day basis
- In partnership with like-minded organisations and individuals throughout the UK and Internationally
- Publishing documentary, and case studies, completed of our work and the stories of our members making a difference on sustainability
- Publishing influential research
Society Benefit Statement
Create Seven will work with leaders from across our society. These will include leaders from business, education, charity, religion, community groups, local authorities, and the general public. Create Seven will educate, train and develop leaders, using psychology and scientifically evidenced based tools and techniques, to have a long term sustainable benefit on their wider community and society in general rather than for individual gain and short term benefit. Whilst on Create Seven leadership development programmes the leaders will commit to working on projects that have a sustainable benefit to the wider community. The leaders will also be required to mentor a person who is struggling to recognise their own value to help them realise their value and bring it to the benefit of their community. Once the leaders have been educated, trained and developed to deliver sustainable leadership the leaders will deliver improved Corporate Social Responsibility in their own organisation participate in 'Communities of Practice' across multiple organisations. These ‘Communities of Practice’ will be an opportunity for the leaders to collaborate and use their leadership on projects that create a more sustainable society environmentally, economically and psychologically. Create Seven will also provide free e-books, articles and podcasts to enable people in the wider community to develop more sustainable leadership.
Our Co-operative Principles
The co-operative principles are guidelines by which all co-operatives, worldwide, put their values into practice.
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.