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
In 2008, I was one of the founder members of OpenSpace, a co-working co-operative based in Hulme, South Manchester, specialising in affordable work space for co-operatives and social enterprises. It’s a great place to meet like-minded, ethical businesses.
Based in the iconic Work for Change co-op building, I helped found the project, developing the core business plan, building the start up co-op and finding capital funding to install a new mezzanine. I also commissioned the marketing and website materials.
Beyond the Tipping Point? was a film project of ethicist Dr Stefan Skrimshire. The film, effectively the end product of his PhD, featured interviews with writers, philosophers and thinkers on the subject of belief and climate change. The central question of the film looked at the importance and usefulness of so-called ‘tipping points’, markers in relation to climate change beyond which there is ‘no return’. How useful are these in motivating action on climate change and what happens when these time-markers elapse? I assited Stefan in planning the launch night and promoting the film.
Six Rivers was a Single Cell Collective compilation album launched in 2009. I contributed a track as Invertor, ‘Don’t Make Any Sudden Movements’ and commissioned the design and promotional work from designer Loz Ives.
I was a co-founder of UHC Collective, an arts/activist and ethical marketing organisation which began in 2003. I was involved as an activist researcher and artist and acted as account manager for marketing operations. I left to pursue my own projects in 2007.