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A Final Goodbye

Fri, 3 Apr, 2015 - 21:15

A Final Goodbye

Fri, 3 Apr, 2015 - 21:15

So the time has come to say a final goodbye with our last ever post. The majority of our stores are now closed with only West London and our Brighton Clearance Store left until Saturday 4th April.

We are pleased that our aim to close the business down in an ethical way over the last few months has been working really well. A big thank you to all of our loyal customers over the last 30 years,...

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Just reading this and deeply moved; I so wish you all well in all your individual paths, and collectively.   SADHU SADHU SADHU for all that you have contributed, in so many ways, over so many years; and finally for closing in such an ethical, skilful, mettaful way.  What a wonderful model for the world.

Metta to you all

Viryajyoti xx

 

 

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It’s Time To Start Saying Goodbye…Windhorse:Evolution is Closing Down

Fri, 16 Jan, 2015 - 13:37

It’s Time To Start Saying Goodbye…Windhorse:Evolution is Closing Down

Fri, 16 Jan, 2015 - 13:37
Sadly – after over 30 years of bringing ethically sourced gifts and home ware to the High Street – Windhorse:evolution will be closing down over the next few months. Having made this difficult decision, our aim now is to close in an ethical way that preserves our reputation being an honest, open and principled retailer.

The retail landscape has changed so much since we started trading in the 1980s and we now find ourselves unable to compete with...
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yes, this is such sad news but I would like to congratulate Windhorse: Evolution for doing this in the most creative, ethical way possible. I am one of so many people who have worked in an evolution shop (in Valencia in my case) and who have benefitted in so many ways, directly and indirectly, over the years from the work done at w:e. In fact, the place I live now (Adisthana) was made possible in part by contributions to Bhante from w:e. So, thanks to everyone and I wish everyone the best in whatever the future holds.
Parami
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Dear Windhorse
I really can’t believe this is happening.
Worked at Windhorse in the very early days, from 1982 to 1985. The van runs only extended 100 miles around London when I joined.
They were very pioneering times and I learnt, discovered a lot. But it was hard work with sometimes 3 weeks on the road without support. And I was only a mitra at the time.
It’s really sad and I’m rather puzzled that nothing is carrying on from this as a business. What happened to all that expertise?
Anyway, I’m sure you’ve thought of eveything.
Best wishes
Bodhananda
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A great shame, but I think the downfall is due to steering away too much from the original vision of Evolution. When I started shopping and working there it was a special place, and so great to share morning rituals and aspects of Buddhism that were new to me. I have many fond memories of people I met, and some of the lovely people at Windhorse. However, as soon as the company started to model itself on regular retail concepts it seemed to loose it’s specialness. It tried to copy, rather than being original as it had been. There didn’t seem to be a recognition that the difference of Evolution is what attracted its customers and inspired its staff. I wish all the best to those at Windhorse.

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I worked for 3 years at Evolution in Bristol back in the 90’s, and that experience was a major step toward my Ordination. It was the ‘Right Livelihood’ aspect which made it work; the ‘vision’ that it was possible to employ people, inspire them, keep them engaged and motivated through the Buddhist vision and practice of ethics, friendship and real connection with others which was wonderful. I struggled with some of the overly ‘top down’ management attitudes which sometimes surfaced in Order Members at the shop; but that was minor compared to the vivid experience of Sangha and friendship during those 3 years.

Every time I walk by Evolution in Bristol Galleries, it is filled to the brim with shoppers who are buying things, and at Christmas time and other public holidays, you can’t get into the shop. It is difficult to square this with the impression that sales and buying has reduced so much the business has to close down? We seem to be in a consumer ‘boom’ at the moment, so what has happened? This anomoly seems to be corroborated by other comments here. The public really value the unique atmosphere and presence of Evolution. Nearly all my non-Buddhist friends in Bristol go there and know of it. BUT not as a Buddhist shop. Perhaps there’s the rub?

I wonder if, like some of the latest branches of Mindfulness, much of the heart of a Buddhist organisation or project is lost when ‘Buddhism’ is stripped away or hidden from view? Right Livelihood and the Buddhist vision was the heart of Evolution. I think somehow these got lost along the way, perhaps also by not adapting and modifying business principles to suit the thriving online and more competitive world.

Amazing it lasted 30 years - well done to everyone who has ever worked in the shops, the vans and the warehouses and offices. You made Right Livelihood a living reality in the 20th and 21st centuries.

with deep sadness to hear this news.


Achintya
Bristol, March 2015
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Gutted to hear this. I woke up this morning inspired to write to evolution expressing my desire to work for them. I have worked all my life in meaningless factory jobs and just recently various events have led me into the oppotunity of despair! Finally i am in a position where i can take the necessary pay cut and take a job that just meets my needs. Right liveliood as you say. My vocation. I had a vision of driving your vans round meeting lots of people, going to nice places but most importantly doing something that makes my soul sing. I logged on to my computer full of hope this morning and i see the news about windhorse. My heart sank. What a shame. You suck God. You really do. Another victory to the corparate world. When are you going to help the opressed. You really have some explaining to do. Things are just far to out of balance in the world now. People cant take much more of this shit. So many of us have dedicated our lives to you, but still we wait. Unbelievable. You are a very strange God indeed.
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We're Nearly There! #EthicalChristmas

Tue, 23 Dec, 2014 - 11:35

We're Nearly There! #EthicalChristmas

Tue, 23 Dec, 2014 - 11:35Back in September we launched the 100 Days of Ethical Giving and it’s hard to believe that the campaign will end on 25th December.

As the first campaign Evolution has ever run it has been a huge learning curve. We have particularly enjoyed working in collaboration with thebuddhist centre.com team and would like to thank Candradasa for his inspiration and encouragement.

We have appreciated the input and support of many people,...
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Evolution - Making Less Impact #EthicalChristmas

Tue, 9 Dec, 2014 - 14:57

Evolution - Making Less Impact #EthicalChristmas

Tue, 9 Dec, 2014 - 14:57We are nearly in the last two weeks of the 100 Days of Ethical Giving Campaign. We’ve told you about how we trade, how we work, what we donate and what we sell. We’ve been asking you to make more impact with your Christmas spending by supporting ethical shopping choices and Evolution.

This week we want to let you know how Evolution makes less impact!
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Behind the Scenes with the Evolution Web Order Processing Team - #EthicalChristmas

Mon, 8 Dec, 2014 - 15:44

Behind the Scenes with the Evolution Web Order Processing Team - #EthicalChristmas

Mon, 8 Dec, 2014 - 15:44Although online shopping can be highly convenient, one of the down sides is that people miss out with the human experience. One of the ways we try to counteract that is our little personal messages and drawings on the side of each order, along with who your order was packed and dispatched by. Customers have fed back on how much they enjoy this and how it helps to make online shopping that bit more human.

We wanted...
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Evolution's Communications Manager puts his money where his mouth is!

Wed, 3 Dec, 2014 - 11:57

Evolution's Communications Manager puts his money where his mouth is!

Wed, 3 Dec, 2014 - 11:57Yesterday for Giving Tuesday my wife Mel and myself visited the Sheffield Evolution Store to try and do as much of our Christmas present shopping there as possible.

My wife has already spent about £20 in the last month or so and we managed to do another £60 of Christmas gifts shopping on this trip.

I really wanted to put my money where my mouth was as I have written...
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Making Global Connections

Tue, 2 Dec, 2014 - 10:51

Making Global Connections

Tue, 2 Dec, 2014 - 10:51We are now into the last four weeks of the 100 Days of Ethical Giving Campaign and in the run up to Christmas. Christmas is when we do over 40% of our total year trade and this year this has extra poignancy, as the business struggles to survive.

This week which includes #GivingTuesday we are thinking about all the connections that bring us together. From our suppliers, to the ...
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Top Gifts for £10 or under at Evolution - #EthicalChristmas

Tue, 25 Nov, 2014 - 14:51

Top Gifts for £10 or under at Evolution - #EthicalChristmas

Tue, 25 Nov, 2014 - 14:51
Christmas is drawing ever closer and regardless of how we spend the season, we may have gifts to buy. The simple act of giving can be an antidote to the excess of Christmas and by buying from Evolution you can give three times and more – through the gift you give the projects we support and the ethical work practices we uphold.
 
This week we’ve put together five top gifts that come in at £10 or under:...
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30% Off Selected Ranges Instore & Online at Evolution #EthicalChristmas

Fri, 21 Nov, 2014 - 21:11

30% Off Selected Ranges Instore & Online at Evolution #EthicalChristmas

Fri, 21 Nov, 2014 - 21:11
Grab 30% OFF selected ranges now. Great savings for Christmas Gifts now between £2.50 and £8.00. Click here to see the ranges on the Evolution Website....
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Awesome Christmas Gifts for £5 and under from Evolution - #EthicalChristmas

Wed, 19 Nov, 2014 - 15:27

Awesome Christmas Gifts for £5 and under from Evolution - #EthicalChristmas

Wed, 19 Nov, 2014 - 15:27On a budget this Christmas or just lots of small gifts to buy for your beloved friends and family, here’s a great hand picked selection of #EthicalChristmas Gifts that cost £5 and under from Evolution:

(Slideshow through the images on the left)

Soup Cup & Spoon - £5 - Choose from 4 Great Colours

Cauldron Oil Burner - £5 - Don’t forget we do...
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