The people that make up Tribewanted: signed-up members, management team, local team, partners etc…
Tribewanted Ltd. is a for profit UK based Ltd. company, owned by Ben Keene, Filippo Bozotti and 8 minority shareholders. It financed the development of the first two communities (Fiji & Sierra Leone) and the development of the Tribewanted CIC. It owns the Tribewanted intellectual property (brand, website, etc.) which licenses to the CIC at no cost.
The Tribewanted Community Interest Company (CIC) is a UK company limited by guarantee, whose goal is to provide services and benefits to its members and workers through the development and management of sustainable communities. It is open to 10,000 tribe-members and has the goal of launching 10 communities around the world.
A Tribe-member is anyone that signs up as a member of the CIC. Ownership of the CIC is open to 10,000 tribe-members who pay a minimum of £10 /month. Local workers in our communities are automatically given a free membership, become part owners of the CIC and receive its benefits.
How we raise money for our communities. Crowd-funding online through our tribe-members and partners.
Tribe-credit is the amount you accumulate by paying your monthly membership fees of £10 /month or more. Once you are ready to visit a Tribewanted community you can book your accommodation by topping-up the remaining balance.
Top-up is the money tribe-members spend to gain more tribe-time. For example, if I have £120 of tribe-credit (one year's membership) and one week at Tribewanted Sierra Leone, with membership's 20% discount is £300, I would top-up £180 and go.
The Tribewanted community is the property where the project is based.
A Tribewanted location is the local area within which the sustainable community is based.
The mission is to build a more sustainable future, one community and one tribe-member at a time. We are a start-up movement of like-minded people funding, creating and experiencing sustainable communities that we all belong to. There are three parts to what we do:
You are a part owner of a Community Interest Company that develops and manages sustainable communities around the world. As a member you have a vote in CIC decisions and a 20% discount when visiting locations. You support real, positive development on the ground and are part of an inclusive online-offline community of like-minded people.
We ask our tribe-members to commit to a minimum of 12 months to guarantee financial sustainability of current communities and allocate enough funds to launch future communities.
If you cancel your membership payments after 12 months you still have the opportunity to use the tribe-credit you have accumulated to visit a Tribewanted location at the tribe-member’s discounted rate for a further 12 months.
You can accumulate your tribe-credit faster if you want to by increasing your monthly subscription amount. We offer choices of £10, £20, £40 and £80/month. Tribe-members also have the option of paying for more than one person (ex. a couple or a family).
Yes. By becoming a tribe-member and paying a membership fee of a minimum of £10/month for a minimum of 12 months, you are a part owner of Tribewanted CIC. Each member has one vote. Each member is liable for £1 if Tribewanted CIC were to fold.
For every 1,000 tribe-members paying £10/month we can launch a new sustainable community. Tribe-members vote on where the next community will be from a short list provided by Tribewanted management. Each community, on average, takes 6-12 months for research, funding, development and launch. The first 2,000 tribe-members will allow our two existing communities to be financially sustainable. Our third community will be launched once we reach 3,000 tribe-members.
You can use your tribe-credit at any Tribewanted community, so if one were to close then you can still visit any of the others. Funds that were supporting a community that closes would go towards supporting the next Tribewanted community. For every 1000 members we can have support for one community. However, if Tribewatned CIC were to close, unfortunately your membership fees are not refundable, as they would have already been invested into the local communities and operations of the CIC. The funding model of Tribewanted CIC has been designed to make the cash-flow of the projects positive.
No. This is only part of what we do. Revenues from the first 2,000 tribe-members will help our two existing communities reach financial sustainability. Revenues from the next 8,000 tribe-members will tribe-fund an additional 8 communities. Our local partners and visiting tribe-members will create these communities together. We complete the loop by encouraging our communities to share with us how to live more sustainably, inspiring further change.
Our role at Tribewanted is:
Our goal is to show that it is possible to live sustainably not just in remote locations and developing countries, but also in our own back yard.
We want to provide a replicable model for sustainable lifestyles where it is needed the most: in “developed” nations and urban settings (where after all, the majority of us live), to be an example of how our society can live in the years to come.
In Italy, we also aspire to preserve and enhance local artisanal skills and inspire the Italian youth to return to the countryside, whilst at the same time providing our tribe-members with a more accessible location to learn, get their hands dirty and bring the lessons home.
The purpose of voting is to give our members the shared responsibility of guiding the CIC forward and of deciding how we share our surpluses within our communities. The purpose of voting is not to give members the responsibility of making everyday decisions about Tribewanted communities as these decisions are made locally.
Voting will take place at least once a year, although it is likely to be more frequent than this.
Votes include but are not limited to, where the next location is going to be, what to do with any financial surplus, partnerships, and any additional topics the management or tribe-members consider important. One week before the vote, the CIC board will create a forum where tribe-members can discuss the various topics on the upcoming votes.
The most important decision the CIC will make is which new locations it would like to support with the development of a new Tribewanted project. Each time the milestone of 1000 new members are reached, a minimum of 2 locations will be put forward to the community to vote on. First new location vote will take place when the CIC reaches 3000 members (the first 2000 memberships will support the current Tribewanted communities). New location ‘presentations’ will be championed by a local partner or stakeholder with the guidance of Tribewanted. A development budget and running costs will be included with this.
If the CIC has a profitable financial year there will be a vote to decide how these funds can be used. Members can vote what to do with the surpluses, typically:
There are up to two annual board member position open to CIC members. When a position becomes open it will be advertised so that members can apply and present their pitch to the tribe before a vote.
Yes, you can book a trip to our locations without singing up as a tribe-member. You will have a view-only access to Tribewanted.com and will not receive the tribe-member 20% discount.
70% of all revenues from membership fees go to our locations until we cover all location costs (breakeven). 30% of all revenues from membership fees go to overheads until we cover all our overhead costs (breakeven). Any additional profits after all costs are covered go to CIC surplus and tribe-members decide how it is spent.
When you book a trip, 70% of all top-up revenues go to that specific location. 30% of top-up revenues go to overheads until we cover all our overhead costs (breakeven).
Surplus is any additional profit remaining after all overhead costs and all location costs are covered. As a tribe-member you can choose what to do with the surplus once a quarter. You can choose to convert your share of the surplus into tribe-time, you can choose it to allocate it to a specific goodwill project or you can choose to donate it to the local team as a bonus.
Tribewanted Ltd. is a for profit UK based Ltd. company, owned by Ben Keene, Filippo Bozotti and 8 minority shareholders. It financed the development of the first two communities (Fiji & Sierra Leone) and the development of the Tribewanted CIC. It owns the Tribewanted intellectual property (brand, website, etc.).
Tribewanted has a full time and part time management team and a board of experts in various sustainability fields: Energy, Architecture, Permaculture, Eco-tourism, as well as PR, Marketing and Legal. Each new location is managed for one season by a team of experts who train the local team. Starting from season 2 the local team manages each community, aided by an international tribe volunteer.
Tribewanted Vorovoro in Fiji was crowd-founded in 2006, it was handed back to the local community in 2011 when the lease expired. Tribewanted John Obey, Sierra Leone has been funded by Tribewanted Ltd. The project is currently covering about 70% of it costs. Tribewanted Ltd is providing missing funding when needed.
Tribewanted has monthly overhead costs to run its operations. This includes salaries, web development/maintenance, PR and Marketing, legal, accounting, travel and research for new locations. We strive to be as transparent as possible on how all monies are spent. Click here for a breakdown of overhead costs.
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