Conservation Enterprise Case Study: Sai Duan Traditional Herbal Baths

The past week I have had the privilege of working with a Red Dao ethnic minority village in the highlands of Lao Cai, Vietnam, on their community enterprise. My organisation, CIRUM, with the financial support of the EU and CCFD, has been supporting them for nearly two years to develop the service, which is about…

Conservation Enterprise Development: Why and What to Collaboratively Design

This stage has two objectives – designing the enterprise and forming the team that is going to make it happen. Stage one was about understanding what you have to work with to develop a viable enterprise. Stage two was about understanding the people you are going to need to do influence in order to be…

Conservation Enterprise Development: Choosing your Strategy

Creating a business that conserves culture or protects the environment, sells a product and generates a return isn’t easy – being tied to a particular place offers both constraints and opportunities that are quite different to classic entrepreneurship. Here’s some options for an enterprise development strategy that aims to innovate in value creation beyond the usual suspects…

Managing the “Community” in Community Business

Running a business accountable to a community is hard, whether it’s an Indigenous corporation or an artists’ collective. Not only do you have to manage the business successfully, but you also have to address the expectations, aspirations and needs of the community. Managing this relationship well means that the business can draw on the support,…

Conservation Enterprise Development: Research for Design

Evidence works in two ways - to inform good design within your team, and to persuade others to believe that your conservation enterprise idea is going to work, financially and impact-wise. This post provides an overview of how to understand the two groups of people you need to know intimately to be effective – your…

Conservation Enterprise Development – getting to know your place

Most conservation enterprises start with an  business idea to test, but how do you know that this idea is the best possible strategy? if possible, it's good to step back and choose an idea to develop based on the particular assets and resources of the place and the community dependent upon it. Getting to know…

From Hammer to Toolkit: An Overview of Value Creation for Conserving Tropical Diversity

When it comes to using markets for conservation, organisations become adept at applying a particular approach. However, there’s a danger that you end up with a hammer in search of a nail, rather than choosing the right approach that fits the challenges and opportunities of a particular place, culture or landscape. This article provides a…