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Who is involved?

Human Nature was founded by Dr Rebecca Jefferson.

We partner with other organisations and researchers...

Why is Human Nature a social enterprise and what does that mean?

A social enterprise is a business or organisation which puts social or environmental value at it's heart.  Traditional businesses are required to maximise the dividend which is paid to shareholders each year.  Social enterprises need to be financial successful to survive, but their profits are either reinvested into the business or donated to other causes.  The inspiration for operating in this way is the need to restructure our economy as part of the response to the ecological and climate crises.  Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics and discussions at Schumacher College have been pivotal in the development of Human Nature. 

The philosophy of social enterprise is embedded in all the functions of Human Nature:

  • The core motivation for all of our work is to enable greater efficacy of work which responds to the ecological and climate crisis.  We believe that the resources provided by social science - both existing and future research - are pivotal to responding to the current challenges, and by empowering others to access, apply and conduct social science research, they will be better equipped to affect change. 

  • Where possible we support other community focused or environmental organisations, for example through the venues used for our courses.  As far as is possible, we explore the supply chain for the resources we use.

  • We embed equality, one of our core values, in everything we do.  The scientific literature we use in our resources is all Open Access to ensure that pay walls do not limit the access of those without library budgets.  We will discuss alternative fees for NGOs and not for profits and look for novel ways to share our expertise. 

  • We commit to invest at least 20% of profit into charitable causes.  The remaining profit will be invested into the company, to allow us to increase the impact of our work, and reach wider audiences.

  • We will share our experiences of running a social enterprise with others to widen the awareness of this  as a viable model of business.

  • We will annually report on our performance as a social enterprise, and review whether we are doing as much as we can to live up to our aspirations.