Who we are
We are a self governing group of like-minded people from Bristol and beyond, working together within the legal framework of a Community Benefit Society (here is a link to our rules) to challenge the unaffordable housing market and the dual crises of climate breakdown and huge biodiversity loss.
We are co-creating a regenerative, systems thinking, community-led alternative. We have a vision and a plan and are committed to doing everything we can to make our vision a reality. Working with the frameworks of ReSet (Regenerative Settlements), One Planet Living (Bioregional) and the principles of Doughnut Economics (Kate Raworth), we are bringing the Tiny House Movement to Bristol and the West of England.
The tiny house movement is a description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. There is currently no set definition as to what constitutes as a tiny house; however, a residential structure under 500 square feet (46 m2) is generally accepted to be a tiny home. The tiny house movement promotes financial prudence, eco-friendly choices, shared community experiences, and a shift in consumerism-driven mindsets.
oUR vISION, mISSION AND aIMS
We have co-created and adopted these 'Objects' as the bedrock of our organisation, to guide our thinking and the development of our Tiny House projects. The contents were discussed and developed through a collaborate process open to all of our members and we reached agreement by consent. The content will be reviewed periodically.
We dream of a world where it is true that people dwell and thrive in inclusive and nourishing communities integrated into and participating in the wider living systems of the planet.
To create regenerative places where people and nature coexist and evolve together to provide solutions to the housing, ecological and climate crises.
Land and Homes
Acquiring and managing a portfolio of sites within the West of England, removing them from the speculative market and protecting them for common good land uses; in particular for the creation of culturally and ecologically regenerative tiny house settlements that lift up those in housing need and steward the land.
Acting as enablers and developers of:
low-impact, nature-first, truly and permanently affordable homes for rental, shared ownership or owner occupation
integrated shared resources (e.g renewable energy, food, workspace, meeting space) with reference to co-housing principles
Collaborating with landowners and local businesses to source materials, labour and other resources from our bioregion
Enabling the creation of diverse, inclusive, thriving communities that adhere to THCB principles using dynamic governance and power sharing structures at all scales across the organisation.
Keeping our collective visioning dynamic, in order to build our adaptive capacity and respond to the emerging future.
Learning and livelihoods
Providing opportunities for learning, skills and knowledge building and sharing which will enable members to pursue regenerative, purposeful and rewarding livelihoods.
Enabling direct involvement of residents, prospective residents and other members in the design and construction of homes and communal spaces.
Integrating reflective practice and ongoing evaluation into the work of the organisation to support our own and others’ learning.
Committing to ongoing collective inquiry into the cultural and personal dimensions of, and solutions to, issues of inclusion and diversity.
Increasing the social, ecological and economic value of the sites we manage or own to create collective sufficiency and generate benefits that will feed into other THCB projects.
"I believe a diversity of ideas, people and approaches will create the community resilience we need in the face of rapid change. My vision for THCB is to have a number of settlements across the city region all providing services to help reconnect people to place, inspiring community-led action, rebuilding wildlife networks, and growing food."
"I am the Founder and one of the Directors of Tiny House Community Bristol. I am passionate about joining the dots in a systems thinking way, to help create genuinely affordable regenerative places, where people and nature coexist and thrive together. I am also very interested in rediscovering peoples' relationship to the land and what it might mean to again become indigenous within the local bioregion."
"I'm fired up to evolve the THCB organism to further welcome people to find their place of power, influence and embodiment within the culture-scape. I'm partly responsible for implementing, educating and managing Sociocracy, a decentralised governance system, which centres empowerment, equivalence and consent within the organisational structure."
"I’ve always had a dream of designing and building my own home, whilst living in a community who share skills, space and resources. I’m interested in developing our sociocratic governance to support this. I help to ensure clear communication and organisation both internally and externally as we continue to develop our community."
"I am a firm believer in the collective power of community for tackling big issues. With a background in digital marketing, I help to manage the THCB website content & design and am acting secretary for the IT and general circles. Outside of THCB, I look after a community of sustainability changemakers in business, while studying full time for an Masters in Sustainability and Behaviour Change."
"I’ve dived into a few circles in THCB but my biggest most exciting role is leading the Dreamocracy circle. I am fascinated by how we can use sociocratic self-governance to ensure all voices are heard, power is shared and we work together more effectively. It feels like we are already building a better world!"
"I can see and feel that THCB is already changing the way ordinary people can think about the present and the future - that magic can happen when we come together. I'm focussed on changing attitudes and approaches to land use (as we heal nature, nature heals us). I have a planning degree, run a national urban agroecology project and am a director of THCB"
"I'm an Architecture and Environmental Engineering graduate, designing with a deep interest in the potential symbiosis of the land and the built environment; regeneration and re-ruralisation at the fore of thought and heart."
"Heya folx! I'm Will, a warm, adventurous, fuzzy fella who loves to dance, DJ, play games and tippity tap away at computers. I joined THCB in 2019, helping out in Finance & Banking and IT & Comms circles."
"I am involved with THCB to explore Tiny Living by actively contributing to the regeneration of our Planet Earth and to learn how to live as a part of the community. I am interested in testing and creating social-support structures, regenerative design as well as in learning more about sociocracy, communication, regenerative culture and holistic approaches to healthy living."
"Head, heart and hands, I am conductive of powerful creative energy that allows me to generate innovative solutions especially in building and craft. Practical skills, love of problem solving and training in architectural design, combined with experience of living off-grid in self- built homes, enables me to work towards an inspiring vision of the future that involves living with the land and in flow with nature."