Transition and Cooperation – Pierre Johnson Consulting offers a concrete and comprehensive approach to the challenges to a development of landscapes and value chains that respect the potential and limits of the ecosystems and human communities that support them.
It is based on 25 years of experience in the development of international projects on four continents taking into account the challenges of an ecological and solidarity economy: sustainable product development, fair trade, ethical biotrade, agroecology and permaculture.
It is possible to consider the development of sustainable value chains from a systemic point of view. Consequently, their analysis and the strategies implemented are not reduced to the static dimension of a table or a standardized representation (necessary but not sufficient), but will take into account, depending on demand, the relationships between stakeholders and with the natural cycles sustaining them.
Ethical biotrade is a specific sector, comprising the elements of biodiversity with a strong economic and information value. Specific rules apply to it in international law, allowing to valorized biodiversity while preserving it as well as the people who have maintained it and developed knowledge allowing an efficient and perrenial use of it.
At local level, a variety of approaches allow us to support the players. Ecological economics takes into account the relationships between the human economy and the services provided by ecosystems, while the systems view of life considers the biosphere as a set of elements in constant interaction, developing relations and building networks more often cooperative than competitive. Transition Towns and lanscapes offer a participative citizen’s approach to current challenges, while permaculture is a design approach relying on the synergy and efficiency of natural processes and its optimization by human action, to ensure all human needs.
Our approach relies on dialogue and listening to the needs and perceptions of our clients, whom we consider to be partners, and on a network of expertise and collaborators, who often contribute to our missions.