Starting in 2018, our initial team came together to set up Resource Justice. Each of us was looking for support and education around redistributing wealth that we had recently gained access to, but after exploring several UK-based grant-giving organisations and radical philanthropy networks we felt we needed something more. A few of us had been engaged with Resource Generation, a US-based organisation and felt there was a need to have a similar organisation here in the UK.
Since then, we have run 10 Praxis courses with more than 70 people going through the program and started building a UK organisation modeled on Resource Generation and Resource Movement. We are a registered not-for-profit Cooperative. We are still making our first steps as an organisation and we aim to bring over 100 more people into our Praxis courses over the next two years, to develop ways to provide sustained support for members in achieving their redistribution goals and to forge partnerships with social movement organisations.
We envision a world where wealth, land and power are distributed equitably, where social justice movements enable collective liberation and justice for all people and our planet, where rich people pay their fair share of taxes, where the climate crisis is averted, where everyone has story they need for a fulfilling existence and there is an end to economic exploitation and endemic racial and class inequality.
In line with these values, we are committed to these principles:
- Challenging transphobia, homophobia, ableism, racism and sexism.
- Challenging the structural effects of racism, economic exploitation, and patriarchy in our organisational practice.
- A learning environment – encouraging an atmosphere of mutual support and education.
How Resource Justice works
Resource Justice has a Board of Directors that make major decisions on behalf of the organisation (strategy, finances, staffing, etc), and have regular co-working meetings that work on our main pillars of work: Education, Moving Money, and Accountability Partnerships with Social Movements Transforming Philanthropy Organisational Development
Our current board of directors are:
Kristina Johansson is Swedish and British and grew up internationally. For over 10 years Kristina has been engaged in activism for racial, gender and climate justice. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont. She was an active member of Resource Generation (USA) and with the support of RG she organised her family to start redistributing their family wealth. She moved back to the UK in 2018 to set up her family’s philanthropic foundation, Solberga Foundation. Recognizing the need for an organisation like RG in the UK, she co-founded Resource Justice with other UK based young people with wealth and class privilege. She is a founding member of Patriotic Millionaires UK and lives in London with her partner and two dogs.
Olivia Addington grew up in the South West of England and has a strong interest in left politics, including workers’ rights and the radical redistribution of wealth. She grew up in a large family, with parents from very different class backgrounds, which laid the foundation for her curiosity in class and inequality in the UK. Inheriting money at a young age led her to thinking about radical approaches to personal wealth and seeking out other young people with class and wealth privilege with similar politics. She has a history of organising for political education and activism for gender, racial and climate justice. She currently works for a community development charity and is studying an MA in Human Rights. She lives in Brighton with her two cats.
Lou Macnamara works as a Camera Person and makes documentaries. After inheriting money from family members, Lou began trying to figure out ways to redistribute to organisations that challenge structural inequalities, to build stability, security and power by and for people who have not had the same access to resources and privilege. Joining various different organisations like Edge Fund led to Lou meeting the other Resource Justice co-founders and they began to use their personal situation to organise other young people with access to wealth and class privilege to give away inherited and surplus wealth.
Rory P Brooks is a visual artist and administrator within the art world in London. He was born in the UK but grew up across East and West Africa before returning to London, where he’s been for the last decade. He works at a bakery in East London and is currently studying for an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy.
Peter Backus joined RJ in 2022 after going through the praxis programme. He is an associate professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and spent much of his career researching the operations of charities in the UK. He is also a member of Patriotic Millionaires UK. He lives in Berlin with his partner.
How Resource Justice is financed:
- Resource Justice is self-funded by its members giving a small proportion of the money they redistribute each year into the organisation.
- We are open about our expenses and will publish our end of year accounts online after our first year.
- Most of our work is unpaid by people with access to wealth or class privilege. We also have some paid roles for people who are invited to contribute their expertise to co-creating Resource Justice.