At Method we design digital products and services, and help organisations get closer to the customers they serve. And often, we imagine potential futures in order to help our clients find new opportunities today.
In the fast-changing post-Brexit world of food production and consumption these skills are more valuable than ever, especially for:
- Organisations who seek to advise farmers, growers and landowners. Their world is changing as basic payments are phased out: advisors will need to show the path for people seeking to use their land differently and within longer term objectives, all making sure their businesses still operate
- Companies who develop and market varieties of seeds, chemicals, fertilisers. They will need to adapt to a system of more diverse production, which will bring new product opportunity as well as threats to established lines of business
- Innovators in agri-tech, who might be exploring ways to improve soil health, improve precision farming, develop urban cultivation and potentially a host of gene-editing technology. These organisations will need to understand how their ideas and solutions can adapt and support everyone seeking to make better use of their land
- Finance companies who seek to serve those who develop the land. As opportunities change, so does the nature of financing, and these companies will need to adapt to understand the potential for carbon trading or even other forms of as-yet-unexplored trading to support alternative rural and semi-rural businesses and business models
- Utilities seeking to protect and manage their catchment areas, particularly water companies as they seek to adapt to climate change in ways that work with, rather than as a consequence of, the stakeholders who use the land in their area and the water within it. Also energy companies seeking to diversify energy production in ways that enhance the environment
- Coalition builders and those who seek to bring communities and stakeholders together. We have seen a tremendous number of these ventures in recent years as we gain a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of our lives and work in the context of going carbon net positive by 2050
As our Government seeks to enable a system of public money for public good (Environmental Land Management), it’s incumbent on us all to look further ahead and be even more innovative and resilient than we thought ourselves capable.
Method is here to help, be that through:
- Envisioning the future through the lens of human behaviours and consumption patterns and bringing the ideas back into today’s activity
- Conceiving, designing and building digital products that support organisations who need to harness data in new ways, or harness entirely new data sources to serve their customers and stakeholders
- Bringing the best of ‘design thinking’ into this whole sector – solving for environmental problems at a human scale and helping us all find and understand the current and future needs we need to be adapting to
Do please get in touch – we’re looking to work with and for this community to the very best of our abilities and look forward to lots of fruitful conversations and action in the coming months. We’re at www.method.com but you can also write directly via newbiz(@)method.com .