Our end game is to catalyze impact at scale. We are driven by hope. Our ‘light on the hill’ is the entrepreneurial spirit of the forgotten, the marginalised or those left behind as the United Nations describes the world’s poorest communities.
The appetite for improvement and the entrepreneurial aspirations of the last mile are huge, and can replace worn-out systems – if allowed to. We can be found on LinkedIn, or you can send us an email.
Paul Clements Hunt: captured early by forests, sea and ice as witness to an amazing planet, PCH, as he likes to be known, believes we can have a vibrant world back, one fit for 10 billion, through aggressive, disruptive, can do collaboration where we imagine the next system and then deliver it together. And why not?
Ingo Kumic: To date, I’ve spent my life learning how to look so that I can see. Now that I can see I’ve come to the conclusion that looking is my life and that what I see is unique to the people I work with and for.
Michael Marais: Our caring planet is a closed system, there is no escaping that. We are all here together with much work to be done. Sustainability is not just a task for a select few in ivory towers. The world needs us to change quickly for the greater good. Can we let go in order to hold on?
Gordon Noble: Dusty history books first introduced G to the power of grass roots organising. Believes that we have a ‘missing middle’- the mutuals and cooperatives that played a critical role lifting generations out of poverty during the industrial revolution which can be reimagined today.
The way to change the current unbalanced system is to just bypass it with the disruption, creativity and innovation found in deep pools at the base of the pyramid and in communities across the globe. From those pockets of poverty in the G7/G20 and OECD countries to the potential of the demographic bounce amongst the youth of the Least Developed Countries and on to the ultimate accelerator, the empowerment of women.
Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges said something that really struck us. To paraphrase – morality is a luxury afforded by circumstance. That is quite a statement, so concise, yet so painfully honest.
And yet TBCG sees moral, dignified choices wherever we work. Let’s flag one: in one of the chaotic, almost Dickensian, parts of Nairobi, Kenya, is a testing hill where every morning scores of men, young and old, through sheer muscle and willpower force over-laden handheld carts stacked with every product imaginable to the top of what is a steep rise over hundreds of metres. They complete this back-breaking marathon, unseen by the affluent business people, just a short distance from the smart,sophisticated central business district of this powerful, accelerating and impressive new centre of Pan African commerce.
The grueling cart rush is a scene repeated in emerging economy cities worldwide for sure. There is no romantic fairytale here. The cart gangs will include fathers, husbands, rogues and the rest but at that place and on a given day a group of people with aspirations are undertaking informal work to survive. Theirs is a dignified choice to work as appalling and as unfair as the reality is.
Back to Hedges who referenced Auschwitz where the very purpose was to degrade morals – if you are able to, then you should be moral or ethical, but many people are in a situation where some form of survival might depend on actions they would never normally have considered to be acceptable. At the same time, others make moral, ethical, dignified choices in spite of the unjust demands imposed on them by an unequal system. TBCG seeks to change the system by bypassing it through collaboration, disruption, innovation and smart design – scaled and replicated.