Phase 3 of Joy in Enough 2018-2021

Project brief for Phase 3 of Joy in Enough, October 2018 – September 2021

Introduction to Joy in Enough

Joy in Enough: awakening to a new economics

1. Joy in Enough is a challenge to Christians to join in building a just economy within the ecological limits of the Earth.  Our task is to engage people in the United Kingdom’s churches to discover their part in the transition to it.  

2. Our motive is our faith, in which we have discovered the basis for an attractive and persuasive vision for a one-planet economy which is sustainable, just, convivial and humane.  Living at the scale of our creation, our society will discover its true well-being.  We will flourish as individuals and as a species.  That is why we call this project ‘Joy in Enough’.

3. Escalating environmental loss, inequality, debt and instability are proving that the prevailing model of neoliberal capitalism and the assumptions of neoclassical economics which underpin it are no longer fit for purpose.  Decarbonising the economy to the extent and speed agreed at the Paris climate change summit in 2015 requires far-reaching economic change.  Economics must no longer be seen as the ‘dismal science’ reserved to a technocratic elite, but a joyful art in which everyone has the right and opportunity to participate.  

4. Another world is possible. Joy in Enough encourages, equips and empowers people to realise it with insight and prophetic clarity.

Achievements of Phase 1 and 2 (2013-18)

5. Joy in Enough is a project of Green Christian, an ecumenical charity registered in England and Wales by the name of Christian Ecology Link (number 328744).  We have pioneered innovation in Christian witness since 1982.  We established the LOAF campaign promoting sustainable food, and the now-independent climate change campaign Operation Noah.  More recently we have discerned that our environmental objectives require us to engage people and churches directly in reimagining economics, in prefiguring a new economy and in mobilising the transition.

6. The programme we call Joy in Enough began in 2013.  Five topic-based working groups scoped the terrain and prepared for an inaugural conference which was held in March 2014.  Despite our modest ambition for 90 bookings, the conference was heavily oversubscribed.  A second conference, attracting 200 people, was arranged for November 2015 to explore how to build a movement for economic change.  Both conferences were organised in partnership with A Rocha UK and student campaign network Speak.

7. In 2015 we defined our objectives as being to:

  • develop an understanding of the ‘signs of the times’ in the contemporary economy
  • reflect prayerfully on the contemporary national and global economy, and consider models for a truly sustainable alternative
  • define the parameters of a faith-led response within and beyond the churches
  • forge partnerships with advocacy organisations and campaigns pursuing complementary objectives within the scope of this project
  • rally support for a spirited movement for economic change.  

8. Since 2015 we have:

  • developed working papers:
  • set up the Joy in Enough college – a group of advisers with expertise in theology, economics and other relevant social sciences who are committed to promoting the programme
  • obtained a grant from the Passionist order which has enabled the employment of two part-time workers to help develop this work – a Content Editor (Jeremy Williams), and a Development Officer (Hilary Blake)
  • launched the Joy in Enough website, hosting documentation, conversations and even some story-telling. We’re looking to grow our social media reach and foster more discussion online
  • organised the Joy in Enough ‘Big Workshop’ attended by almost a hundred people in Sheffield in November 2017. We launched our ‘core document’ Awakening to a new economics 
  • developed Plenty!, a programme of five 90-minute sessions that could be run as a Lenten course in churches or similar. We tested modules at the Sheffield workshop, and at Green Christian ‘On the Road Together’ events in London, Cambridge, Derby and Bristol in 2018
  • initiated our first advocacy project, a declaration to be signed by a wide variety of church leaders.  Once we have a final statement, we’ll begin the process of collecting signatures ready for a launch in 2019.

9. Inspired and informed by our faith, our ultimate aims are as follows:

to engage Christians in building a movement for a fair and sustainable economy which is just, convivial and humane, and with a credible theory of change and narrative by which it can be delivered.

to provoke public engagement by government and business in the Churches’ proposals for economic reform, and coherent and conspicuous public demand to government and business for such engagement.

Outline of Phase 3 (2018-21)

10. To progress from what we have achieved to our ultimate aims, we are now ready to build the next phase of development, until Autumn 2021. Our aims for the new phase are that the Churches in the UK, at personal, parochial and political levels, will:

recognise that they represent a unique alternative vision of humanity which can unlock the transition to a fair and sustainable economy, and narratives which prefigure the solutions that will bring that economy about.

engage from this standpoint with issues of economic justice and sustainability, and generate substantial coverage and debate in Christian media of the vision and objectives of Joy in Enough, and positive reporting in mainstream media of the emergence of a movement.

11. To achieve our aims, we aim to produce the following outputs by Autumn 2021:

1. An interactive, accessible set of café conversation modules to be created, enabling Christians, particularly in groups, to engage in reimagining economics and make practical choices together which prefigure the new economy

2. An actively used online platform (website and blog) created to host resources and provide a point of contact

3. A declaration calling for transition to a sustainable economic model to be endorsed by church leaders, heads of theological colleges and opinion formers.

4. Cases studies and stories developed

5. A methodology and materials developed for coaching and mentoring people in developing a JiE movement

6. Workshop materials developed in how to package / convey a framing of the JiE issues from a theological perspective

7. A further-developed partnership network to be in place

12. It will be necessary to establish the following:

  • A panel of expert advisers to call upon as and when needed
  • A panel of speakers and facilitators selected and briefed to represent Joy in Enough in churches
  • A steering (enabling) group with suitably qualified members and lines of accountability and various other groups involved in progressing programme outputs
  • A network of partner organisations committed to share expert advice on relevant elements of the economic vision
  • An income stream to sustain ongoing delivery.

13. The principal objectives for the three years of this Phase 3 programme are as follows.  A detailed workplan for Year 1 is set out here:

Year 1 2018/19 Launching 

  • Fundraise for this and following years
  • Recruit new advisers
  • Recruit staff as and when funding permits
  • Identify speaker/facilitators
  • Fleshing out and determining membership model
  • Drafting a prospectus for different kinds of members
  • JiE USP statement to be finalised
  • Launch Plenty! materials
  • Launch declaration
  • Decision on whether JiE is kept within Green Christian or becomes a separate organisation
  • Ongoing editorial output of dynamic, participative web content
  • Quarterly face to face meetings of enabling group
  • Continue to develop network of partners
  • Cases studies and stories developed
  •  This project brief to be reviewed and updated

Year 2: 2019/20: Building

  • Fundraise for this and following years
  • Ongoing editorial output of dynamic, participative web content
  • Recruit staff as and when funding permits
  • Continue building participation
  • Quarterly face to face meetings of enabling group
  • Widening of groups using Plenty! materials
  • Train speakers and facilitators
  • Model agreed for regional groups
  • Implement option for future governance
  • Obtain more signatories to declaration
  • Continue to develop network of partners
  • A methodology and materials developed for coaching and mentoring people in developing a JiE movement established
  • Workshop materials developed in how to package / convey a framing of the JiE issues from a theological perspective Cases studies and stories developed
  • Relationships built with theological colleges
  • Develop advocacy within and beyond churches, with policy makers and with business, and also contacts with student bodies, and connections with Christian economists
  • Regional workshops take place
  • This project brief to be reviewed and updated

Year 3: 2020/21: Promoting

  • Continue fund-raising
  • Ongoing editorial output of dynamic, participative web content
  • Continue building participation
  • Quarterly face to face meetings of enabling group
  • Widening of groups using Plenty! materials
  • Obtain more signatories to declaration
  • Continue to develop network of partners
  • Cases studies and stories developed
  • Regional workshops take place
  • Relationships built with theological colleges
  • Develop advocacy within and beyond churches, with policy makers and with business, and also contacts with student bodies, and connections with Christian economists
  • This project brief to be reviewed and updated, and a new one written for the period beyond 2021

14. Governance:  Activities so far have been delivered by a ‘core group’ of volunteers reporting to Green Christian’s Steering Committee and two self-employed part-time project consultant(s).  We hope to receive at least enough funding for the budget below, but subject to fundraising capacity would like to grow the project significantly more.  Governance will continue to be led by the JiE Enabling Group, who will assemble a new group of skilled advisers to support it, including some who have volunteered help as a result of various conferences.  The project consultants and Enabling Group will be supported by a wider team of volunteers and ‘members’ of JiE.  Line management of the project consultants will be undertaken by someone nominated by a Trustee of Green Christian.  The Enabling Group will also consider the case for the creation of an independent charity to deliver the programme in the long term.

15. The budget – This is not printed online. Please ask Joy in Enough for a copy if you wish to see it.

Indicative Year 1 workplan (2018-2019)

Month (1 = October)Activity
1-12Fund-raising
1-2JiE USP statement to be finalised
1-3Recruit new advisers
1-3Identify speaker/facilitators
2Fleshing out and determining membership model
3-5Launch Plenty! materials
3-12Recruit staff as and when funding permits
4-5Drafting a prospectus for different kinds of members
4-8Model agreed for regional groups
6 approxLaunch declaration
7Decision on whether JiE is kept within Green Christian or becomes a separate organisation
1-12Ongoing editorial output of dynamic, participative web content
1-12Quarterly face to face meetings of enabling group
1-12Continue to develop network of partners
1-12Cases studies and stories developed

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