Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2016
Resilient Economies Fellowship supported by Friends Provident Foundation
Mark Burton is a social entrepreneur with a deep commitment to working for positive change towards a socially and environmentally just economy and society.
Mark realised he needed to contribute to the social sector in 2007 and, wanting to address the root causes of problems rather than alleviate the symptoms, he studied on the Masters in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, to understand the nature of systems which has guided him ever since. Concurrent volunteering with Transition Town Totnes showed that people are not powerless, but can make a real difference by working together.
Recognising the pivotal role of a highly centralised financial system in the economic activities that cause social and environmental problems, Mark's passion is to develop human scale financial institutions that serve a valuable social purpose - addressing inequality, stimulating local economies and improving resilience - and to influence wider change through the demonstration of these practical local solutions.
Mark's main project since 2009 has been to co-create and establish the Bristol Pound local currency scheme, from design to launch to continued growth and from 3 volunteers to 10 paid staff. The Bristol Pound is young but showing promising results at achieving social and economic benefits through a single initiative. He is also working with credit unions to increase their social and economic impacts.
Mark enjoys life in Devon with his wife and three children.
Current principal role: Project Manager
Current principal organisation: Bristol Credit Union Ltd
Other leadership role 1: Chair
Other organisation 1: Plough & Share Credit Union Ltd
Other leadership role 2: Director
Other organisation 2: Bristol Pound CIC
Other leadership role 3: Trustee
Other organisation 3: Project Agora