How do we develop society?
BCYF believes that social development can progress in Asia, through citizens who actively contribute to it and live a lifestyle of personal social responsibility. As individuals, we are also members of our community, which is part of a local government, and is also part of a country (Philippines) in the fast-growing region of Asia.
Innovative Social Solutions
Innovative Social Solutions is not about technology, but it is about using our experience and network to find a few “novel” ways of solving long-simmering questions of how economies develop, and the corollary of how the benefits of development can accrue to as many people as possible. Such social solutions can be different opportunities, new projects and programs, and maximization of opportunities to help neighbors through the resource of networks.
That being said, social development is not for a specific few. Everyone has a role to play. At the core of development efforts must be a primary commitment to respect and enhance human dignity, thereby encouraging us to keep building a more humane society for all.
An organization or individual cannot address all problems. Hence it is important for each player in social development to focus on specific social objectives they want to address and govern their actions accordingly for effective execution.
Measuring Social Development
Desiring the effectiveness of social development initiatives requires measurability so we can manage for the future. So how do we measure social development? Over the years, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been a measure for a nation’s success. But GDP, although still useful, has been proven to be not enough to represent social progress, especially since we have established that economic growth is just one factor of social development . Nowadays, there are considerations to include “happiness” and “well-being” in metrics. There are also movements to assess how “livable” cities are . These factors must be considered when we setup metrics for our social development initiatives. We not merely focus on economic gains, but we look at the holistic picture, consistent with the goal of being people-centered and focused on enhancing human dignity.
Multipliers: Replicating Success Stories in Social Development
Aside from measurability, we must also strive to build our efforts to be replicable. We need to develop multipliers of social development . These are either individuals, organizations or institutions who have the ability to replicate social development with relative scale.
BCYF’s Social Development Model
BCYF believes Social Development must have an impact in the economy. We believe this impact can be achieved through at least (3) interventions:
- VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – it is through a volunteerism spirit that individuals will be able to develop a conscious lifestyle of citizenship, sustainability and social responsibility.
- CSR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM — BCYF believes that social development is effective when individuals make a Personal Social Responsibility Commitment to help society and Make CSR a Lifestyle (live a lifestyle of Citizenship, Sustainability and Social Responsibility; CSR 3.0).
- SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – for individuals who decide to be more sustainable in helping society, BCYF provides a program to support them in creating and developing social enterprises (or organizations that use business to help society).
- SDA’s refer to the BCYF concept of a geographical area where, a “social development intervention” (Social Enterprise, Social Business, Policy Work etc.), will result in a significant impact to the area’s economy within the next 10 years.
- Social Enterprises can be effective multipliers of social progress. They are businesses that have integrated a social objective in their operations. BCYF envisions to have helped at least 100 social enterprises reach at least Php50-million (USD 1-million) in capitalization by 2027.