Inspiring businesses to connect with nature

by Caty Batten in Oxford, England, United Kingdom

£11,266

raised of £15,000 stretch target

114

supporters
75% 2 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by 21st September 2020 at 6:00pm

To reconnect business with nature through virtual reality, storytelling & field projects to optimise corporate environmental responsibility

by Caty Batten in Oxford, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we achieve the dream, and hit our target, we do have a stretch target and can dream even bigger. In this instance, we will also be able to;

  • Develop and co create immersive technology to support our vision 
  • Fund part time project support across business operations and strategy (and maybe I can find a few hours to sleep!)
  • Design and develop more bespoke content to enable us to expand our range of clients and optimise our impact 
  • Increase our marketing and sales capacity so that we can reach more businesses ready to change the world! 

 Thank you again for supporting us, it really means so much. 


What is Intaconnected?

In January 2020, Intaconnected was born to inspire businesses to do much more, much faster, to protect the planet. Our solutions will enable businesses to become a real Force For Good. Why does this matter? Check out our youngest colleagues, 6yrs and 3yrs, talking to our founder about why nature protection matters to them <3

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As Covid hit the world, our April launch was cancelled and my attention was diverted to work on an urgent project to protect a forest in Tanzania (long story!). 

But now, we are ready to go! We have finalised our business plan, sourced some incredible environmental projects, and identified global expert speakers whose stories we wish to capture on film and promote.  Now we need the funding to make this plan a reality. 

I was lucky to find three amazing interns, Deborah, Emily and Jack, who are as passionate as me about nature, and the four of us have been non-stop preparing for this Crowdfund, all working for free. 

We desperately hope to reach our target so that we can film, edit and present powerful stories from around the world into the consciousness of hundreds of business leaders and employees, inspiring change at scale. 

We were overwhelmed at our call to envionmentially responsible, nature-centric brands and individuals who have so generously gifted these phenomenal rewards to help us raise our target.  We'd love you to help us change business attitudes and mindsets before it's too late, and grab yourself a beautiful reward at the same time! 

Why Intaconnected?

I came up with the idea of Intaconnected in August 2019, imagining a platform where business leaders could connect with world experts to learn how and why companies are best placed to help resolve the disconnection between people and nature.  The name came immediately, since we are all intricately interconnected, and I also believe wholeheartedly in the power of collaboration. 

Why do we think business has the power to change the world? 

  • Governments don’t seem to be cutting it. 
  • Financial systems ignore nature in pursuit of profit and increasing debt.

Yet businesses - and we as their consumers – influence the financial systems and rely upon natural resources for survival. Healthy natural ecosystems provide us with the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat – unhealthy or destroyed ecosystems, cannot. 

But our current economic model drives business practices which exploit, exhaust and pollute these ecosystems to make products cheaper, and profits faster and bigger. This model has a short window of viability, until the planet gets sick. We are already witnessing the effects of Earth’s imbalance and we don’t have much time to turn things around. This is why we exist, to help businesses secure a safer future for all of us. 

My journey so far

With a diverse career to date, (working in youth and social mobility, entrepreneurship, adventure travel, sports events, wine (!), international development and conservation), I have always felt a little 'abstract', but almost always fulfilled. 2019 was consciously my 'year of transition', personally and professionally. I studied alongside 2.5 jobs at the University of Cambridge, in Sustainability Business Management, and whilst intense to the extreme, this confirmed I had to shake up my world and take the leap into something which enabled me to play a tiny role in securing a better future. Or fail trying. 

So this year began with intentions of travelling nowhere (the irony of 2020!) as I set up the business, having taken the big step to quit my job at the end of last year and move house to reduce my outgoings. 

I soon realised that aligning your passions with your daily desk time brings untold rewards (and chaos!). I had a last-minute invitation to the World Economic Forum in Davos then attended the Change Now Summit in Paris, where I met so many inspiring people all striving to make our world a better place. I was then persuaded to help protect a precious forest in Tanzania and spent the last 4 months building a plan for the forest and her people (result TBC).

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Finally, since June 2020, I have been able to focus fully on creating and launching Intaconnected by September 2020. I was lucky to recruit two brilliant school leavers as summer interns who have provided additional motivation and inspiration to the mission, and I am so grateful to them. Jack recently joined our team too! 

We are now an unpaid but dedicated team of 4  (and a heap of other wonderful people who are so generously helping with advice and support). 

The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly helped the world to realise the delicate balance between humans and nature and just how fragile our economic system is when people don’t respect and protect the planet and those we share it with. It's time to step up and do more to be climate positive, not negative. 

Why am I Crowdfunding?

This Crowdfunding campaign is so exciting for me, and for our mission, as we don’t yet have the capital needed to fulfil the ambition. We do already have expressions of interest from potential clients who acknowledge the gap we are filling. We want to give them the very best experience we can to see them mobilise in support of a sustainable future.  We want to be able to launch in October. 

We will use the funds we raise thanks to the generous support from reward brands and our investors, for the following;

  • Creation of unique AI/AR experiential films to enable businesses to become a true Force For Good
  • Professional editing and content creation
  • Completion of design work and branding for digital marketing, including the website as a key sales tool
  • Online marketing (to attract even the most resistant CEOs!) 
  • Embedding robust impact measurement tools so we can monitor client progress
  • Employment of 2 part time staff to support client and project management, and business ops
  • Meetings and events for business generation 
  • Develop and promote our portfolio of special projects so companies can begin to take direct action immediately

We are absolutely thrilled to be promoting the numerous brands who have so generously supported our campaign, and are proud to showcase so many companies who have already proven that 'doing good business is good for business'.  All our reward offerings are created with conscious care for people and nature. Enjoy :)

I cannot express my thanks strongly enough to everyone who is reading this and deciding to join us on this incredibly journey. The time is now.

If not for us, for our children

With gratitude,

Caty 

“We vote for the world we live in with the products we buy, and people are starting to vote for products that consider the environment and society as they’re being made.... It is also critical to mitigate risks to continuity - for example, less extreme weather means more predictable harvests and therefore more consistent supply across the global agricultural system"

Katie Leggett, Sustainability Manager at Innocent Drinks.

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Getting to 100 supporters!

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

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Sustainable Swimwear for the Eco-Elegant

In 2017 Magdalena Berger, founder/designer of MAGDAKINEDESIGNS, set out to create a swimwear brand that reverses the social and ecological effects of the fast-fashion catastrophe. This reward allows you to spend up to $75 on magdakinedesigns.com on anything of your choice. Explore and discover the many stylish, gorgeous and beautiful swimwear designs on the website. Shipping costs are included in this reward so you don't have to worry.

£10 or more

9 of 10 claimed

Funky, ethical socks from Stand4Socks - 1 pair

Most of us wear socks everyday and if each pair could have a positive impact, then why can't socks change the world? This was the founding thought from Josh at Stand4Socks who now sells funky, hi-tech, ethical socks with a twist - for every pair you buy, Stand 4 Socks gives 1 pair to someone without a home. These Socks have enhanced durability, are made from responsibly sourced material, feel and look great. Choose one pair. Stand4socks.com

£10 or more

1 of 6 claimed

ChicP Veggie Bites - delicious, healthy snack x 4

ChicP is a sustainable brand producing nutritious Veggie Bites & delicious healthy hummus made from surplus veg. Founded on a passionate commitment to reduce food waste and eat healthier, sustainable food. ChicP’s Veggie Bites are delicious and healthy balls full of aromatic flavours and veg. They're soft in the middle, great for dunking into the ChicP hummus range and completely natural. Great for gut health,high in protein & fibre. 4 x200g

£10 or more

56 of 200 claimed

Five trees planted in your name, through Almond

Almond.org will plant 5 trees in your name and will send your personalised certificate detailing your new saplings' geolocation. Almond has additionally agreed to plant another 1,000 trees as soon as Intaconnected reaches its target. We are overjoyed! Fully transparent, Almond wants to create a more sustainable world by mobilising the everyday consumer and businesses to understand and reduce their impact with the aim of becoming climate positive.

£11 or more

5 of 30 claimed

Natural, effective SPF25 suncream 1x100ml + 1x15ml

Your reward includes a 100ml + 15ml (handy pocket size) pot of this gorgeous & effective SPF25 sunscreen, made from only 4 natural ingredients that nourish & protect your skin from the harmful effects of our sun's rays. Suitable for sensitive skin, Shade All-Natural Sunscreen is perfect for adults & children, as well as for the environment, with no polluting or unhealthy chemicals. Enjoy the sunny outdoors safely with Shade! www.shadecream.com

£14 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Signed copy of Gib Bulloch's book The Intrapreneur

"An inspiring personal account of how purpose and well-being can transform the business world." Adriana Huffington. Gib has a unique perspective on the relationship between business, society and the self. The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent, is an honest and insightful critique of the “craziness” of today’s business environment and how finding your purpose…can feel like losing your mind. GibBulloch.com

£20 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Exclusive! Hidden World Tour with Teddy and Dea

Nature warriors Teddy (6yrs) and Amadea (3yrs) have announced a NEW and EXCLUSIVE reward for Intaconnected supporters. During the second of our 3 part mini series where we chat all things nature with the sibling duo, they decided that in order to motivate you to support Intaconnected, they would invite lucky winners to meet them and tour their Hidden World woods. Oxfordshire based. Date TBC. Watch the announcement https://youtu.be/oTo7zg4izro

£23 or more

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Guided Nature Walk in Epping Forest with Myceliate

The skill of reading nature has largely been lost as humans are increasingly disconnected. This event helps you reconnect. Guided by mycologist and nature expert David Sartori, you will explore; the names and secrets of plants and mushrooms you see; what we can learn by looking at the shape of a tree; how to read the sky; what do the clicks of squirrels tell us about their feelings and behaviour. All ages. Own transport. Saturday in October TBC

£55 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Dr Watson 2000mg CBD oil food supplement 15ml

CBD (cannabidiol), is a naturally occurring component of the hemp plant. CBD oil supplements are a great addition to your diet for general lifestyle and wellness (Dr Watson products are not designed to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness and you should seek advice from your GP before taking CBD supplements if on medication).CBD is not mind altering in any way as it does not contain THC, the psychoactive compound.

£175 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Vegan, 0% Sparkling Wine Tasting by Thomson&Scott

Gather your friends or colleagues for an elegant, virtual, sparkling wine tasting, with a case delivered to your door. Thomson & Scott connect to the changing attitudes of drinkers demanding purer wines that shun animal by-products and heaps of unnecessary sugar. Noughty is produced with 100% organic Chardonnay grapes and is alcohol free, low sugar yet full of flavour. Enjoy a guided, virtual, hangover free tasting. UK only. 10 people.

£450 or more

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Corporate team day:freshwater biodiversity mapping

Intaconnected has teamed up with NatureMetrics.co.uk, an award-winning tech company that monitors nature using DNA and makes complex biological surveys accessible for all. This half day experience will inspire and engage your team as you directly impact the pressing issue of biodiversity mapping and protection, at a freshwater location near you. Includes: facilitation, training, DNA sampling, follow up results. UK only. No transport. 10-12 pax.

£1,000 or more

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Intaconnected's immersive corporate team session

Intaconnected is curating a unique, diverse, global storytelling experience to inspire, motivate and guide your team as they reconnect with nature. Our immersive session will provide clarity and vision at an individual and collective level, on how and why your business can act better and faster to become more resilient, profitable and sustainable whilst protecting and restoring our planet. This session is available to book Feb-June 2021. 20 pax

£10 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Fashion that doesn't cost the earth

Co-founders of Goose Studios, Sam and Rich realised in 2016 that whenever we create or buy a product there is always an impact on the earth. Then they both began to source reasonably priced organic cotton basics that would last for years and consumers would love to wear. Wear these plain T-shirts (all size M) confidently knowing that you look good and have done right by the planet. Don’t miss out on these cool grabs! goosestudios.co.uk

£14 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Signed books by Roz Savage

Roz knows all about self-isolation. The most prolific female ocean rower in history, she has rowed solo across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, spending over five hundred days and nights alone at sea, often 100's of miles from the nearest human. Roz Savage quit her ordinary job after writing two obituaries for herself and deciding she wanted the one with adventures and accomplishments. We have 2 signed copies of each book available!

£15 or more

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Hand-printed, organic cotton tee shirt CHILD/BABY

Helping the world become more eco friendly through the power of gorgeous 100% organic cotton products, The Brave Bees is a female founder UK business producing high quality, organic cotton designs, printed uniquely for each customer. Choose from a range of nature-inspired designs and enjoy your summer look, sure to attract attention, safe in the knowledge that your new wardrobe piece is good for your skin and good for the planet. thebravebees.com

£22 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Hand printed, organic cotton vest top/tee ADULT

Helping the world become more eco friendly through the power of gorgeous 100% organic cotton products, The Brave Bees is a female founder UK business producing high quality, organic cotton designs, printed uniquely for each customer. Choose from a range of nature-inspired designs and enjoy your summer look, sure to attract attention, safe in the knowledge that your new wardrobe piece is good for your skin and good for the planet. thebravebees.com

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

45 min virtual cooking lesson with Charlotte

The perfect gift for any one who loves food! Charlotte is an incredible chef creating delicious, fresh meals from locally sourced produce. Her kitchen based in Mozambique prepares fresh, delicious meals and this gift offers a 45 minute online session in which Charlotte will plan and help you create something delicious to cook from ingredients in your kitchen! Choose this reward to be inspired yourself, or as a gift to a friend. Use by 10 Dec

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

World's first zero-plastic deodorant refill

Wild has created an eco-friendly, reusable deodorant with an applicator made from durable aluminium and recycled plastic, whilst the deodorant is made from compostable natural materials, making it the world's first zero-plastic deodorant refill. Focused on offsetting and supporting charities doing the same, Wild provides the ideal sustainable solution for a daily essential. Choose this reward to receive your deodorant applicator and three refills

£29 or more

8 of 8 claimed

A year's supply of organic, raw, Mama Buci honey

You'll love this nutritious, raw, organic honey produced by bees thriving in the Miombo forests of Zambia. Mama Buci builds unique, sustainable hives using wood offcuts from the Forest Service and ropes them high into the trees. With more room and safety, bees flourish. Forest communities are paid to host hives and harvest only the honey the bees don't need. You'll get 3 Winter & 3 Summer harvest honey jars. http://mamabuci.com/ourhoney/

£35 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Vegan, cruelty free and plastic-free soaps

Friendly Soap are an incredible business that provide high-quality products. Their soaps are poured, cut, stamped and packed by hand in the UK. They don’t use harmful preservatives or foaming agents instead they use naturally-occurring glycerine. As gentle exfoliants poppy seeds and hemp bran are used. Each one is unique. Choose this reward to enjoy a collection of 14 soap bars including shampoo and conditioner bars. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sustainable LED light, banana leaf design

Shining a light on sustainable lighting, Bag&Bones have become industry leaders in creating energy efficient LED lighting. Using 70-90% less energy than traditional lighting, these expressive pieces, largely inspired by urban street culture, are sure to add a pop of colour and pizazz to your wall space! Get your hands on a funky banana leaf design sustainable LED light - if this reward 'ap-peels' to you!

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Week's Supply of Funky Socks by Stand 4 Socks

Most of us wear socks everyday and if each pair could have a positive impact, then why can't socks change the world? This was the founding thought from Josh at Stand4Socks who now sells funky, hi tech, ethical socks with a twist - for every pair you buy, Stand 4 Socks gives one pair to someone without a home. These Socks have enhanced durability, are made from responsibly sourced material, feel and look great! 5 pairs 4 one week. Stand4socks.com

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sustainable LED lights, lightning bolt design

Shining a light on sustainable lighting, Bag&Bones have become industry leaders in creating energy efficient LED lighting. Using 70-90% less energy than traditional lighting, these expressive pieces, largely inspired by urban street culture, are sure to add a pop of colour and pizazz to your wall space! If sustainable style 'sparks' your interest, then get your hands on this lightning bolt style LED light today!

£99 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Double loft studio for two nights near Stonehenge

Perfect base to explore stunning Wiltshire. Quiet village location with pubs, transport essential. Situated 3 miles from Stonehenge, this spacious double bed studio loft is a comfortable self contained apartment in the lovely Wiltshire village of Shrewton. En-suite shower room, sofa, kitchenette with fridge and microwave and a seating area to relax. Guided walks available at an additional cost by friendly host.AirBnB#8411989

£110 or more

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2 night Camping Pod (sleeps 4) in Ullswater

There’s no better place to stay than The Quiet Site in Ullswater, the very heart of Cumbria’s Lake District National Park. Camping pods provide all the fun of camping but with none of the drawbacks. They are fully insulated, and come equipped with a heater and light and a plug socket. A small deck at the front provides a cooking and seating area. Bring all your camping gear - minus the tent. For use on any available dates before 31 Dec 2021.

£160 or more

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2 night Hobbit Hole cabin (sleeps 4) in Ullswater

There’s no better place to stay than The Quiet Site in Ullswater, the very heart of Cumbria’s Lake District National Park. Spacious "hobbit hole" for 2 adults and up to 4 children, with large covered deck area and great views. Enjoy a "hobbity" experience bringing all your normal camping equipment. Lights, power points, heater, comfy sleep ledge & lockable door all included. Dogs permitted too! For use between 1 Oct 20 - 31 Jan 21, 2 nights inc.

£180 or more

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Virtual guided storytelling & discussion dinner

The perfect event to break down barriers and reward max 8 staff with a beautifully curated and facilitated, virtual discussion dinner. Eating with Elephants provides a storytelling experience like no other. By connecting this way guests are able to embrace their whole selves and break down the stigma around everyday experiences. Guests help each other feel more comfortable talking about the uncomfortable and no longer feeling like we have to hide

£210 or more

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3 night stay at 4.9* AirBnB cottage, Snowdonia

This cosy traditional miners 2 bedroom cottage in Llanberis has been recently refurbished, it is situated on a quiet street, 300 yards from village centre and at the foot of one of the paths up the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon. Ideally situated for accessing Snowdonia National Park and all the splendour, beauty and activities it has to offer, the cottage sleeps 5 (1x Queen room, 1 x Double plus single room). AirBNB listing 25308351. Thu-Sun

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