GoodPeople is a web-based talent platform – built on top of social technologies such as Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook – helping organisations attract people who want to use their skills to support the causes they care about.
Many people would like to give their time or expertise to causes they’re passionate about; and many worthy causes could desperately do with the support. However, most people either don’t know how to go about this, or don’t have time to do the legwork to find out where their expertise would be most valued.
This is where GoodPeople comes in. GoodPeople’s goal is to build a global community of like-minded individuals, who want to use their skills, expertise and networks to tackle the big social, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century.
The GoodPeople platform is a place for start-ups, charities, social enterprises and NGOs to find the skills and expertise they need to grow – and therefore have a wider social impact – from people within business, government, civil society, academia, or even their own local communities. Any charity, NGO or social enterprise can sign up for free, to advertise their skills needs to the GoodPeople community, as well as sharing their requirements across their own social networks – in real-time.
To meet this need, GoodPeople’s technology will also be opened up to third parties, enabling the creation of a network of ‘GoodPeople-Powered’ websites and intranets, drawing on its nationwide dataset of opportunities. This will enable partners to launch ‘own-branded’ platforms, complete with critical mass of appropriate, skills-based volunteering opportunities quickly and easily.
An API is also being developed to further increase organisations’ reach, through the syndication of their opportunities to relevant third party websites.
In 2013, GoodPeople secured a contract with The Shard in London to place 300 unemployed Southwark residents in jobs in the building over the next three years (see ‘related articles’ for more on this).
GoodPeople has also launched a new venture, Transition Force, social enterprise that helps ex-military men and women build the networks of support they need to find sustainable employment, which has secured £50,000 funding from Nominet Trust.
GoodPeople has been awarded £50,720 to support the roll-out of GoodPeople.co.uk, including ongoing development of the core technology platform, hosting/infrastructure costs, and the scaling of the GoodPeople network through strategic partnerships.
Richard Tyrie, founder and CEO