Chris Sunderland has been, as they say, many things to many people. He has been a research biochemist, working in an Oxford laboratory at the cutting edge of biotechnology. He has been a vicar in a tower block estate in inner city Bristol. He became a storyteller engaging with issues of public life and founded a small charity called Project Agora, which seeks to encourage innovation and reflection in the field of active citizenship. He is one of the founding directors of the Bristol Pound, a local currency project that has attracted widespread attention and is currently working with a team to establish a new food cooperative, called Real Economy, designed to get fresh food to people in the toughest circumstances.
Chris is convinced that we are living through an age of deep change, when all of our cultural systems, including our politics, our economics and our religious institutions, are in decline and something new is emerging. At this moment the one thing that human beings must pay attention to is our relationship with the earth.
The Bristol Pound and its sister project Real Economy are an attempt to give people a taste of a different type of economic system, that is led by values, full of relationships and a driver of change towards a sustainable culture.
The picture is taken at the allotment, which functions as a sacred place.