The purpose-driven business series features a different Business for Good to showcase their unique giving stories. We hope these stories inspire you with interesting, new and joyful ideas on how to integrate giving into your business.
Team building activities are great fun for all, and useful in bringing out the best in people. How do take an already enjoyable and meaningful event and improve upon it to double the joy it brings? Today’s featured business found a way.
Introducing…Blue Hat Teambuilding!
Who: Ben Parkinson from Blue Hat Teambuilding
Where: Berkshire, UK
What: We are innovators in teambuilding activities and business games. Our team building games have been used by over 1,000,000 people in over 50 countries. Our mission is to help you bring out the best in your people by creating interactive innovative teambuilding experiences which stretch individuals, inspiring them to grow and develop. We create a platform for powerful positive shifts; impacting well-being, engagement, and productivity.
Can you give us a sense of why you decided to start giving?
We believe that there are people around the world who are born into unfortunate situations and we want to do our little bit to help. Since we started almost 20 years ago, we’ve generated over £1m of giving through our client events. This is traditionally from fewer larger donations.
What are your favourite projects to give to and why?
We like all truly life-changing projects, from building educational facilities to help children find a way out the poverty cycle, to making drugs available that save and transform lives in the long term.
How would you describe the impact B1G1 has had on your company and its culture?
The feeling of giving to those in need is motivational and inspiring. It gives us focus to be the best in our own field and to make daily positive life choices that benefit the wider community and environment in a positive way.
We also wanted to enable our clients on smaller events an opportunity to be involved in meaningful giving too. Through B1G1 our clients have generated over 1 million positive impacts and counting!
What’s the best experience you’ve had through your giving activities and being a part of B1G1?
Working with our client Facebook, we inspired teams to generate enough impacts to build a whole school building.
The Goodwill Quest is a common way of promoting giving within a team building event we run for clients. With the Goodwill quest, teams embark upon an adventure around their local environment. On reaching mystery locations, our App pops up with a team challenge relating to a good cause. On successful completion of that challenge, rather than points teams are awarded with impacts. At the end of the event, we summarise a winning team who have generated the most impacts, but of course, ends by showing the whole group what they have achieved together.
We use B1G1 with other events too, often as a bolt-on option, converting points earned in a team building activity to impacts.
If you have an interesting Giving Story to share, write to us at [email protected] to be included in the next feature!
Read about the other Purpose-Driven Businesses in this series:
- Thought Leaders: Mindset of Abundance
- Imagine Accounting: Imagining a New Way to Do Business
- Little Beach Boathouse: How to Create An Extraordinary Event
- Stryv: Strategic Giving 101
- Balance Central: 1 Person CAN Change the World
- Slumbersac: Caring for Children, Caring for Our Future
- High Street Dental Practice: ‘Ubuntu’ means Kindness
- Collins Hume: The Eye-rony of Giving Sight