Seeing the huge amount of need in the world can leave us feeling intimidated about knowing where to start, and wondering if our contributions will make a difference.
Reactivate your generosity, as I talk with Paul Dunn, a business leader, four-time TEDx speaker and chairman of B1G1, a social enterprise with a mission to create a world full of giving, using technology that tracks and visualises the impact of its donors. From small beginnings, B1G1 has grown to deliver over 120 million ‘giving impacts’ around the world.
About our guest, Paul Dunn.
Paul is a respected business leader and a four-time TEDx speaker who frequently travels around the world, educating businesses about B1G1 and sharing inspiring business insights. Paul is often referred to as a wise mentor and has helped countless individuals improve their business operations. He is an expert at building up those around him and celebrating every achievement, no matter how small.
Paul is a member of one of the world’s leading think-tanks and was recently honoured with a Lifetime Service Award to the Accounting Profession in the UK. More recently, he was named as a Social Innovation Fellow in his new home of Singapore.
What is B1G1?
In 2007, a group of small-business owners had an idea. They asked, “What would happen if we all gave back just by doing the things we do every day?” It was a question that deeply inspired them.
Three years and a great undertaking later, they were able to design the systems and
processes necessary to make it work, and their dream is now a reality. The initiative was originally called Buy 1 Give 1, backed by the idea that companies would make a giving impact with each designated business transaction. Today, the BIG1 initiative has more than 2,100 businesses from around the world—each making significant impacts every day.
Unlike conventional giving models, B1G1 helps small and medium-sized businesses achieve more social impact by embedding giving activities into everyday business operations and creating unique giving stories. This means that every business day-to-day transaction can impact lives for as little as just one cent.