Manda Brookman, Permanently Brilliant and Café Disruptif
Manda Brookman has been working in Cornwall for the last 16 years in the field of sustainable development. Prior to moving to Cornwall, she worked on a range of third sector organisations over 12 years on local, national and international programmes around waste, homelessness and sustainable development-specific networking and communications. Once in Cornwall she co-founded CoaST, the One Planet Tourism Network, with over 3,000 members across 50 countries. Part of the Permanently Brilliant social enterprise cluster, CoaST works with host communities, landscape managers, local authorities and tourism agencies, and the tourism industry itself promoting sustainable tourism across Cornwall, the UK and internationally. Its purpose is to enable tourism become an agent of change and deliver thriving, prosperous destinations, communities and businesses. Sited on a national Demonstration Permaculture Site, Permanently Brilliant also runs trainings on permacultural methods, works with volunteers and local communities, runs a website bringing together activity on the Cornwall wide response to the refugee crisis, and is developing an emerging Café Disruptif network providing support for social justice and environment “creative disruptors”. As a whole Permanently Brilliant is a systems-thinking social enterprise which works to re-sew the connections between economic, social and environmental progress, with a particular focus on the nature of the human mind and how we can best communicate the need for and the possibility of progressive change.