Usually at JCI training I expect to learn skills I can take back to my workplace, to gain knowledge that will assist my chamber and to meet exciting new people. Whilst Kate Senter’s “Why doing good is good for business” session for JCI Boston delivered on all three counts, I got a little more than I bargained for.
There were five attendees on the course, and the whole Chamber is not much bigger. But before you write JCI Boston off as insignificant you should know those attendees include Alli Cowell, 2011 National President, and Tracy Anderson, candidate for 2013 JCI UK Community Director. The enthusiasm, passion and determination of all present to improve themselves and their local community was inspiring.
Kate took us through the four key areas of CSR and the business benefits of having a structured CSR programme. We discussed what it means to “do good”, what experiences we had from our employers and chambers, and shared ideas of how JCI’s community focus can be used as a selling point to businesses. I won’t give too much away as I’m keen for Kate to repeat the course in Sheffield soon but a key takeaway for me was to look at all angles. CSR, as with so much in life, is not black and white.
During my visit I also discovered that cauliflower rolling is a controversial way to celebrate the jubilee. That businesses in the Boston area use village fetes as networking opportunities. That places like Mucktown and Gypsy Bridge actually exist. And did you know that if you visit near Christmas you’ll be able to see Yorkshire sheep eating the cauliflower stalks?!
A lot is made in JCI of our international aspect. You can travel to the far ends of the globe and discover an array of exotic cultures. Sometimes we focus so much on other countries that we forget that life in Britain can vary enormously from county to county, and from town to town. The challenges we face in Sheffield differ from those faced in London, in Cambridge and in Southampton.
However, the fact that these challenges can – and should – be addressed by young people remains the same. This is why I’m passionate that every area of Britain should have a JCI. It is an organisation that offers development opportunities, socials and the chance to meet people outside your usual circle. But more importantly than that, it is an organisation that really does make a difference.
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