Welcome to Our Own Future, a voluntary organisation based in Wolverhampton, England. The aim of this site is to inspire anyone and everyone to gain more control of their own destinies. It is aimed at those who are unemployed or who do a job that does not satisfy them, as well as anyone who would just like to engage in something that they find it difficult to do, due to a lack of opportunities.
The purpose is to give people ideas to create their own jobs and secure their own financial stability, explore their creativity, and bring people together to strengthen communities, wherever they are. Initiatives can succeed when the people work together and rely on their own input.
Sometimes, the solutions are easier than we may expect and this is the basis of the projects that are outlined in this site: a lot more is possible than you might think. In the light of the current global recession, many people have lost their jobs through no fault of their own but because of their dependency on large companies to provide work, that then chose to cut their costs by cutting our jobs.
This is not fair and the plan is to move away from relying on outside companies, at least to a degree. There are many ways that people can take control of their own destiny but the only way this can work is when we work together, as a community.
To begin with, this site should be read like a book, in order for you to get a good understanding of the principles behind the practices. See the Principles link at the top.