The Purpose Economy, to me, is simply going back to what people have been doing for centuries, it’s just giving it another label. Back in the day, if you were sick, or a neighbour needed help, the community pitched in and provided what was required, from cooking a meal, giving blankets or clothes, mowing someone’s lawn to giving them a lift to the hospital. Whatever it was, the local community came together and pitched in.
In my 25 years plus experience in the nonprofit sector, I see it more and more in today’s society. People are still giving back and putting their hands up to help those in need. The only real difference between then and now is that the world is a lot more connected, meaning, you have a choice to help your next door neighbour, or someone on the other side of the planet.
We live in a Purpose Economy, and this shines through with the incredible support we have received at TLC for Kids. Through this very generous Purpose Economy, we have put over 6 million smiles on the faces of sick kids and their families, and we continue to catch kids who fall through the gaps of the healthcare support network. It is only through benevolence and purpose that we can continue providing the most inclusive, immediate, practical and emotional support to those in need, without waiting lists or criteria, with a single focus of helping in the shortest possible time.
Purpose builds bridges, roads and channels of communication that link people together to solve problems, grow economies, cure illness, provide shelter, feed the hungry, and inspire others to achieve more in life.