Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Oli is a co-founder of The Open Co-op and works on marketing and communications.

He graduated from Central Saint Martins and studied an Msc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. He wrote his thesis on Encouraging Environmentally Responsible Behaviour and specialises in communications and marketing strategies which encourage a more just and sustainable world.

He founded the ethical jobs site ElevatorCafe.com and runs The Open Co-op’s annual two-day conference in London on platform co-ops to encourage the development of open, co-operative organisations which are owned and managed by their members.

Previously he has worked in publishing, designing magazines and videos and numerous web sites for a wide range of clients. From 2005 to 2011 he worked as the Marketing Manager of Solarcentury and helped initiate the UK solar feed-in tariff with the We Support Solar campaign. He currently supports SolarAid with their marketing.


19 Dec 2002 – Water and energy conservation through efficient design.
5 Mar 2003 – Pernicious Plastics and the Precautionary Principle
1 May 2003 – Does Environmental Impact Assessment actually promote Sustainability?
1 June 2003 – Natural Materials for Social Change
1 July 2003 – Advancing Environmental Strategies: From Compromise to Collaboration in the Design Process
19 July 2003 – Is Hydrogen Sustainable? A critical review of the sustainability of a hydrogen economy  – Published on EV World – and as above as the following PDF: Can the Hydrogen economy provide a sustainable future
1 Jan 2004 – Vote with your money:  Redefining the debate on environmentally responsible behaviour
This is a 15 page synopsis of a 15,000 word thesis of the same title.
20 Apr 2004 – Participatory Democracy Networks
1 July 2004 – PlaNet: The Open Co-op’s dream communications system
1 August 2004 – Planet 2010 – The Open Co-op story
25 May 2016 – How entrepreneurs are putting SolarAid out of business on Virgin Unite
6 December 2016 – Introducing the World’s most affordable solar light
on Virgin Unite
10 Jan 2017 –
PLANET – An open source operating system for a collaborative, sustainable economy
18 April 2018 – Championing the Energy poor on Virgin Unite
11 June 2018 – How Project Switch is taking people out of the darkness on Virgin Unite


See the full list of his blog posts on Open.coop