The TCBL Community is built on a set of 7 principles that we have identified to capture these shared values:


Curiosity / Creative exploration of new paths, roles, social constructs and business models. Learning-driven action research as a way of life, including learning by errors and mistakes. Learning as both an individual and collective endeavour...

Viability / Things should stand on their own feet, but can do so by equally increasing the prosperity of businesses and the well being of communities; this is our ultimate goal. Importance of both monetary and non-monetary transactions...

Durability / Commitment to the environment, towards circular economy and zero km. Above all, reduce consumption and a consumption-driven culture, work towards sustainable fashion. Reduce waste, design for durable relationships …

Multiplicity / Value of different cultures, traditions, opinions. Roles for both professionals and amateurs, different labor specializations. Designing for diversity of needs and tastes. Allowing for multiple business models to co-exist …

Openness / Trusting others by sharing of resources and information. Search for common processes, platforms and standards: interoperability. Participatory decision-making, using social media, connecting with others. Transparency in business practice (sourcing, pricing)…

Respect / Protection of privacy, authorship, and IP. Dignity of the individual, power of social knowledge. Value of place and territories. Caring for things, establishing emotional links with the clothes we wear …

Responsibility / Commitment to reliable, trustworthy, professional behavior. Accountability for the consequences of our actions. Responsible design, responsible production, responsible selling, responsible consumption …