This is the website for my personal work and projects and for my consultancy, lowwintersun, which specialises in co-operative and social enterprise new project development, project management, marketing and research. <Jan 2015 update> I am now employed 4 days/week for Carbon Co-op, though continue to pursue creative and freelance projects outside of that time. Jonathan Atkinson
I am Chair and co-founder of Operation Farm, a community food project based in Tameside, Greater Manchester.
Between 2007 and 2011, I collaborated with URBED to oversee the project development of Carbon Co-op, a co-operative for householders wishing to make large scale reductions in household energy usage. This work involved long term research and development and extensive piloting of householder engagement methods.
In 2011 Carbon Co-op was constituted as a community benefit society.
I am a trustee of the Edinburgh-based chairty Highlight Arts. Formerly known as Reel Arts, the charity catalyses artistic collaborations in the context of war, building bridges between people and artists in the UK and those in areas of conflict. Projects include festivals, books and films in areas of the world including Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The latest project, Highlight Arctic, examines conflict in northern polar regions brought about as a result of climate change.
The Grafton Centre, is an active ageing community hub located in Hyde, Tameside. After a number of years of local authority control, the users of the centre are now organising to take over management responsibilities via a new development trust. I have been working with the group for over three years to increase their organiastional capacity, oversee incorporation as a charitable organisation, assist with asset tranfer negotiations and help them develop a long term sustainable business plan.
I laid out this report for the Landworkers’ Alliance – a coalition of small scale producers and family farmers committed to sustainable production methods.
Produced in 2015, this report for policy-makers outlines their key policy demands.
Between 2010 and 2013, I was on the board of Together Works, the social enterprise network for Greater Manchester.