SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A BUS
We're creating a unique multi-use space on a former London double decker bus. From a creative hub enabling a vibrant, progressive community of individuals to a rentable space for meetings, overnight stays and original events, the YesBus is an example of exactly why it exists - there's a beauty in bringing an audacious idea to reality.
On June 5th we're launching a vibrant crowdfunding campaign with lots of cool perks to ensure that the YesBus project gets moving in the Summer of 2017.
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What is the YesBus?
The YesBus is an incubation chamber for magic. A multifunctional structure with an off-grid power system based in the countryside with unhindered views.
Designed for meetings, lectures, meals, gatherings, celebrations and lessons the YesBus is a co-working hub, yoga studio, cinema, speaking venue, kitchen, cafe, library, a space for learning and sharing.
We plan to have a camping ground, a firepit, compost toilets (with a view!) and a permaculture garden. We’re creating the perfect space which is just at home introducing inner-city school kids to the countryside as it is as a base for start-up founders.
The YesBus will be a modern tech hub with high speed wi-fi and projector systems with bluetooth surround sound, but sometimes we’ll switch off and turn it into a digital detox hub, just the ticket for a weekend of quiet relaxation away from the busyness and stress of the city.
And what’s more, the YesBus will be work on a self-sustaining off-grid power source, using solar and wind to charge the batteries which in turn will power our lights, sockets, ideas and intuition.
We'd like the bus to be an example of what you can achieve with space-saving furniture in a relatively small space, and every bit of the bus will at least two purposes.
We believe in the power of taking a familiar idea and turning it into something new. An out-of-the-box decision - like buying a bus and turning it into a community hub - is inspiring in itself, and spending time inside a unique, creative space helps us come up with innovative, exciting ideas. The YesBus is an example of exactly why it exists - there's a beauty in bringing an audacious idea to reality.
Join the crowdfunding team
We are expanding the team to run a crowdfunding campaign for the YesBus this Spring - we need you! There are loads of jobs to do to reach our fundraising target so whether you have loads of crowdfunding experience or would like to just give it a bash, we'd love to hear from you - get in touch here.
We are looking for people with time and passion for the YesBus project to help us with marketing and PR to push out the crowdfunding campaign around the world. Are you good with graphics? We will need a logo, and loads of other branding design aspects to be created. We need help with networking - introduce us to your networks and help us grow the community. Help us to find corporate and institutional funders for this incredible project and you could even help with influencer marketing. All roles start immediately so apply now if you're interested.
After buying our bus in mid May a willing team of volunteers led by Chris Barnes has been undertaking the first stage of renovation. The bus has been stripped of all fittings, seats and innards that won't be needed in its new life.
The walls have been insulated while air vents, wood-burning stove and roof hatch have been installed, and power and water systems are being lined up for early 2017.
The bus is on a hard standing in a boat yard near the Thames in West London, and we're working on an agreement with a landowner for the bus' brand new home out in the countryside.
She (or he?) used to be in service in London, and was then living in the Isle of Wight for three years - the downstairs was converted into a bike storage space and the outside of the bus was wrapped in a very cool dinosaur design.
Since the YesTribe kicked into gear our founder Dave has been sharing a dream to buy a double decker bus and turn it into an amazing live/work/creative space, an HQ designed to be occasionally mobile and often hiding in some beautiful area of nature.
The YesBus will be fitted out professionally with places to sleep, both bunks and hammocks, desk space for up to ten people co-working, areas for relaxation, creativity, meetings, racks for adventure and outdoor gear, kitchen and eating space, bean bag corner, library, rooftop garden, climbing wall and cinema screen on the outside, and more. We'd like the bus to be an example of what you can achieve with space-saving furniture in a relatively small space with everything on the bus having at least two purposes.
We have a vision of having a small campground nearby, a garden to grow food and teach the art of permaculture, outdoor shower, compost toilets, solar and wind power and so much more.
Whether you want to write a book, escape the pressures of city living, learn skills, socialise with other members of the YesTribe, watch a film beamed onto the side of the bus, or even hire the space for a business meeting in a unique setting, the YesBus will be the perfect countryside retreat offering everything that the SayYesMore philosophy deems crucial.
This will be a bus of dreams, a place to uniquely connect to the outdoors and our own individual senses of adventure. A place where ideas will be seeded and grown into wonderful little projects that will change the world.
We are SayYesMore, a social enterprise that nudges people towards finding out what they’re really capable of. Our global community, the YesTribe, started in London, England with an invite to go camping on a school night. From the 19 people who turned up that evening in June 2015 we’ve grown to over 4000, held two life-changing Yestivals, organised over 100 other events which have inspired, motivated and broken down limitations, and we’re only just getting started.
We are founded on the basic principles of opening doors, opportunities and friendships by saying yes, spending time with positive, supportive, like-minded people, and getting outside as often as we can.
The YesBus is the result of all of our philosophies rolled into one, and we’re building it for anyone who ever wanted to make more of their time and have a positive impact.
Why we’re crowdfunding
Since buying the bus in Spring 2016 we’ve been laying the groundwork, flattening out floors, running wires, insulating walls and designing every little detail with the finished product in mind. We’ve also sourced a wonderful land partner at Brinsbury campus so the YesBus has a home for the next few years.
We’re nearly done and we wanted to be close to competition before the crowdfunder simply to show that we mean business. This isn’t a pipe dream, it’s reality, and this campaign will not only help us cover the costs of converting a passenger bus into a space that will do endless good, but it’ll enable us to prepare the land as well as advertising the YesBus and what it’s available for.
Your donations will be rewarded with unique perks, some of which will see you joining us at the bus for events, workshops and other unique occasions.
Our first target of £35,000 will cover the costs of converting the bus and preparing the land at Brinsbury. A further £10,000 will cover our running and maintenance costs for the first year and any donations beyond that will go towards a future pot where we can ultimately buy our own land.
We started by looking for a countryside location accessible to London with a very real sensation of nature. A place where members of the YesTribe can visit and camp nearby. Woodland or a patch of grass on a farm where the landowners appreciate what we're trying to do and could use a spot of income or even better, some willing, working hands to help manage the area.
And then Brinsbury put their hand up. After a really successful Yestival at Brinsbury campus in Chichester we've agreed that the YesBus will move to Brinsbury in the Summer of 2017. It's a gorgeous natural setting and we couldn't be more excited.
We do have plenty to do to prepare the YesBus plot and as always we're reaching out to you to lend a hand. Get in touch if you'd like to help.
How you can help
Supporters & Partners
We'd like to work with a variety of partners who offer products that align with the SayYesMore philosophy. Sustainable power sources, adventure and outdoor brands, graphics companies, space-saving furniture designers and anyone with experience in conversions, tiny homes and creating awesome spaces.
Hands and Expertise
And of course, if you're skilled in fitting electrics, upholstery, interior design or even things like climbing walls to the outside of a bus, we'd love to hear from you! This is a community project and the family involved is growing, you're welcome to be a part of it.