FMCG: JailHouseFire, Duchy Originals

JailHouseFire hot sauce comes in three varieties—Original, Smoke and No Escape—all made by inmates at the minimum-security jail from peppers grown right there onsite. What’s especially compelling is that rather than glossing over the product’s roots, the prisoners’ marketing of the sauce makes the most of its origins, with slogans like “So Lethal” and “Murder on Taste Buds.” Prices are USD 7 per 5-ounce bottle or USD 3 for a 1.5-ounce bottle of No Escape—which certainly sounds like it lends itself to smaller quantities. The sauces are currently available only online; all proceeds support inmate programs.

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Waitrose to bail out Duchy Originals
Duchy Originals, Prince Charles‘ struggling food company, is expected to announce a rescue deal led by the supermarket group Waitrose, according to reports. The organic food and farming company has seen profits slump from £1.53 million to £57,400 in a year as sales of its luxury food products have been hit by the recession. The Prince set up Duchy Originals in 1990 and named it after the Duchy of Cornwall estates, which are held in trust by the Prince of Wales.

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Help John Grant Edit His New Book

Help John Grant Edit His New Book “Co-Opportunity”
My old planning-pal John Grant’s new book Co-opportunity is contracted for publication with John Wiley & Sons, scheduled for January 2010.

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Says John:

My new book, Co-opportunity is based on the growing realization that sustainability is going to require nothing less than a wholesale shift to more co-operative social systems. It’s not just about shaving off energy, waste or carbon emissions – nor about ‘band aid’ approaches to poverty. It’s about a new way of organizing society for the common good. Many people have described this shift. Prince Charles in a recent speech described it as a move to a joined up society. Bill Drayton describes it as a shift to an equitable model of parallel co-operation. These ideas will be as familiar to those working with web 2.0 and social production as in the ‘eco’ field. And numerous examples in the book are using social media for social good. Some but not all – there are just as many grounded in local community… My publisher, Wiley, has been quite broad-minded in allowing me to share the near completed draft in this public way, for free. I’d ask you to please be respectful of that and for instance don’t circulate all or part of the manuscript. Also by Wiley’s request only one section of the book with be available for download at any one time. If you or a colleague has missed an earlier section, you can always email me at

You can read John Grant’s blog here, and download the introduction [pdf] here.

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