I know that you're on a mission to make a difference in the world; to make a powerful, positive impact, through your gifts, talents and whatever other ways you can, and to influence others to do the same.
That’s one of the reasons I love working with small business owners – by supporting you to bring your business to life and helping you make it sustainable in every sense, I indirectly increase my impact, through you.
In addition, I choose to spread the love, such that when something good happens to my business, there’s a direct impact somewhere else in the world
So when someone books a call, or signs up for one of my programmes, or other great things happen for my business, I create Impacts in one of these 4 areas:
Sustainable Development Goals / B1G1
On 25 September 2015, world leaders from all sectors convened to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They represent the global community’s next step in ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change etc. p to 2030s.
I have chosen to use the wonderful B1G1 platform www.b1g1.com for this giving. It allows me to create impacts on hundreds of projects covering all of the SDGs.
I believe that enterprise and business has the ability to empower whole economies – not the giant multi-nationals, but small local, often micro businesses
By empowering someone, especially women in the so-called 3rd world, to start/maintain a business:
- It takes them, and perhaps more importantly their children out of subsistence living, and enhances their sense of self-worth and possibility
- It allows them to choose to educate their children, especially their girls, giving them far greater opportunities in the future
- It may even employ other people, giving them the same opportunity for independence and choice
To this end, I regularly make loans, education and other bursaries to micro-businesses around the globe, through the brilliant funding platform Kiva www.kiva.com
To date, we've funded 56 micro-businesses, in 26 countries
Fresh Water for All
Water is life – it’s a basic human right, yet 785 million people in the world live without clean water.
That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide or ten times the population of the UK. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.
But access to clean water means education, income and health - especially for women and children.
I love Charity:Water (www.charitywater.org)’s approach to this – all of their overhead costs are paid for by sponsors, meaning that every penny of our donations goes directly to the projects they fund.
So far we’ve created 6,270 impacts (days of freshwater) for people in need
No Blue, No Green
With between 65% and 80% of the Earth’s oxygen being created by water-based flora, and the oceans, in particular, being such a huge carbon sink, if we destroy our oceans, lakes, rivers and wetlands, no amount of re-forestation will save the oxygen-breathing inhabitants of our planet.
That’s why I support Mission Blue www.mission-blue.org and other water-based projects.
Total Impacts are hard to quantify, as our contributions fund many separate projects