Business in the Community (BiTC) have been at the forefront of helping businesses give back to society — via a wide range of community based initiatives — for decades.
How BiTC work:
Business Connector programme
Over a year ago, Fujitsu partnered with BiTC to support the Business Connectors programme. Business Connectors are community coordinators seconded from businesses to "knit together" communities over a period of up to two years. Using their existing expertise, and gaining much by way of continuing professional development along the way, the Business Connectors plant the seeds of a range of community solutions working with local council, businesses, community groups and social enterprises.
The Business Connector programme was the brainchild of HRH the Prince of Wales who spoke at the 'Big Connect' event last month.
BrightLemon were selected by Fujitsu (via our work with Acquia and Drupal Commons) to help with the online social platform dubbed "BiTC Connect". The Connect platform — originally designed around increasing engagement, participation and collaboration — has grown to support a range of project stakeholders and workflows — not least reporting on metrics to the BIG Lottery Fund — whose grant of £4.8m will see over 600 business connectors placed over the next five years. This will deliver £52m worth of local grassroots support in 200 regions nationwide.
BiTC Connect is currently in release 4.7:
Obama, The Guardian and BiTC
A recent piece written by Phil Drew in the Guardian explains the Business Connector programme's successes one year on — and its parallels with Barack Obama's own work as a community organiser in Chicago.
Although it was once said that "there is no such thing as society" perhaps community is alive and well in 2013 — all the best to those Business Connectors following in Obama's footsteps...