GoodTimes Is The Socially-Responsible City Guide

Our mission is to make your free time that much more meaningful #choosegood

Vegan ribs @ Canvas Cafe, E1 London – yum!

Allow us to introduce ourselves. We at GoodTimes are revellers, storytellers, foodies, barflies, lovers of nights out, nature and fun… and we know it is possible to do these things while standing for people, planet and community.

We hang out at venues that share these values and write about them. We’re talking about places like gourmet restaurants that serve incredible meals sourced right from your doorstep… staffed by folks from some of our most vulnerable, left-behind communities.

We’re talking about shared spaces – from undiscovered gig venues with side-programmes for up-and-coming stars, to permaculture clubs that bring  magic into everyone’s life.

Our mission, which underpins all, is simple: maximum social impact.

 

Partner for Change

We exist to help our readers, to the fullest possible extent, #choosegood.

Our readers are amazing folks who care about the world around them and their experience is paramount to us; we spend a heck of a lot of time in each other’s heads. If you want to know more about how we work, are interested in platforming your ideas, your mission-driven, ethical or socially-responsible programme, workshop, activity, venue or product to an ethically motivated community of readers – and you think they would dig what you have to say, then why not get in touch with us: hello@gotilo.org.

We are not despondent about the world in which we live: it’s hard to be when you are surrounded by this much possibility. In that spirit we have created Good Times.

Where Can I Find You?

Well, everywhere. We are a community of ethical explorers (we actually invented the term) that is growing all the time and connecting with a unique audience of switched on, purpose-driven millennials.

In journalistic terms, we currently cover LONDON only – but we have plans to spread to cities all over the world.

Wherever we are, we thrive on your tips for the lovely organisations that mean something to you and do something for your community at the same time. Our only criteria are that, in the experience they offer and the people for whom they care, they are truly special. Know of one? Are you one? Then please, get in touch at hello@gotilo.org.


Get In Touch

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So, can I say hello?

Of course! Good Times was dreamed up by author and activist Ash (twit: @robinasheem) and consultant and social entrepreneur Adam (twit: @adsglass).

Here’s what we were thinking. We love our cities, we are both born campaigners and activists. Ash wrote a fascinating book on mission-driven millennials, called The Moral Marketplace: How MIssion-Driven Millennials and Social Entrepreneurs are Changing Our World, and Adam has been advising and developing social enterprises for years. We have an unholy love for social entrepreneurs who  follow their dreams and do amazing things.

There are zillions of strange people out there trying to sell you some ‘ethical’ product via their instagram or wordpress, which they got from a sample-floggin’ rep. But we noticed that there was nothing out there for people like us, who are less interested in accumulating ‘things’ and more interested in good times and meaningful experiences.

In fact, we were frustrated by the continued failure of mainstream entertainment resources to understand the ‘ethical’ component of what it does. We found existing ‘ethical’ or ‘sustainable’ magazines, review or entertainment sites to be pretty underwhelming in terms of their usefulness when applied to leisure. A carbon spewing journey to an eco-lodge on the other side of the world might be fun, but is it really the best we can do?

It is to outline the majesties, to skewer the hypocrisies, to break the best stories and to bring you the most useful guides and lists to set you on your way that we created this site. We hope you enjoy the ride.

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