What makes the world go round?
Money? Love? A global effort towards regeneration? Whatever it is, it comes in spadefuls at the Lush Spring Prize. As the £200,000 prize fund launches for a second year, with it comes a chance to play a major role in deciding how the planet we call home benefits, by sitting on the judging panel.
The Spring Prize is a celebration of environmental and social regeneration, organised by Lush and co-operative Ethical Consumer Research Association. The Prize rewards projects across the globe that are taking us one step closer to living in harmony with nature and with each other, by awarding them with an injection of cash, as well as a supportive network and publicity.
You be the judge
Alongside international experts in their fields, there’s a chance for a Lush customer and Lush staff member to take a seat on the judging panel and be a voice for the public. Applications are open until 1st November 2017, and it all begins with an email.
Would-be judges don’t need to be experts, just passionate about regenerative practices. And it doesn’t hurt to have an understanding of ecology, environmental science, energy, or community support.
Alongside being on a team rewarding projects that push the boundaries of sustainability, there are some practical considerations. Judges need to be available to read a shortlist of all the applications (around 50), and to read and speak fluent English. They also need to be available for the judging day in London on 2nd March 2018. All travel costs and expenses will be covered, wherever in the world the successful applicants are.
To apply, send an email explaining why you’re the right person, along with your age and location to [email protected] with the subject ‘Staff judge’ or ‘Customer judge.’
Last year, trained ecologist and Cardiff Spa sales assistant Lyndsey McBean took on the role of Lush staff judge, while the position of Lush customer judge went to Suzi Silva Cumiskey, whose passions lie in organic and biodynamic farming and the connection between our food and our health.
Investing in Planet Earth
As the judging applications open, so too do the nominations for prizes. After a successful pilot year, prizes of between £10,000 - £25,000 are again ready and waiting for the winning applicants in four different categories: Intentional Projects, Young Projects, Established Projects, and the Influence Award. Projects and organisations have until 10th December 2017, to apply.
Last year, over 450 nominations were whittled down to 11 winning projects, which spanned the globe. One such project, the Compassos Institute in Brazil, is debating ideas and solutions related to the marginalisation of those with special needs. Meanwhile in Tanzania, environmentally friendly farming methods are being promoted by another prizewinner, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania, in a bid to eradicate food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition.
Once the judging panel has decided on the 2018 winners, the Spring Prize will culminate in a conference and awards ceremony in May, at Emerson College, Sussex. Prize winners and judges will all be welcome to attend. This is a chance to celebrate, a chance to hear about the winning projects, but above all a chance to share skills and experience, and raise awareness of regeneration and its place in the world.
Find out more about the Spring Prize.