We give technical support to online businesses doing good in the world
The system isn’t working well. We help the online businesses who work to change it, fix it or create new ways of working. We believe that empathy, business and technology can transform our systems when used as a force for good.
If every dollar our company spends is a vote for the companies we give it to, then what are we voting for through the businesses we, in turn, choose to serve as our clients?
We want to vote for important things that make the world smile. That’s why we help people who are making good use of their time and doing good in the world.
Having values doesn’t make us perfect but having somewhere to aim does make us better.
I used to have a business card that said “Open Systems Consultant”. I flew to another country on Monday morning, I stayed in nice hotels during the week and ate out at nice restaurants. I flew home on Friday evening, partied with my friends and met the family for Sunday dinner. The following week I did it all over again.
I gradually realised the company I worked for was in business because they wanted to make money. They didn’t really care about me or about our customers. They didn’t care what business our customer was in. They didn’t care about unecessary expense or uneccessary environmental damage. They didn’t care about doing business for the good of everyone concerned.
So, I left that life behind. I moved to a new country in a new job where I didn’t have to travel. That company was worse. They epitomised the greed, back-stabbing and get-on-in-the-world-at-any-cost view that I’d come to despise. After two years I left to travel. When I got back I couldn’t face working in an environment like that again. For years I did freelance work, barely making a living.
Then I became a father. I went back to the corporate world hoping that now both the world and I were wiser, that things would be different. It was worse. The back-stabbing, keep-information-to-yourself-to-keep-your-power attitude was worse, the waste of time, money and resources and the uncaring attitude to small businesses was unbelievable to me. I hadn’t become wiser; I’d become much less tolerant of this behaviour.
So, I left again. After much soul searching, worrying about how I’d make money to support my family and how I could find a place for me in this cut-throat world, I discovered a place!
There are people doing things differently. It’s still business, still capitalism. But in a different way.
These businesses exist first to do something good, to fix something broken, to make something better for the world. They go by many names. But whether it’s conscious capitalism, business for good, ethical business or B Corp, it’s what I’ve come to believe as the only way to start fixing things from within the current structures we’ve put in place in this world. Maybe some day it will be different but I’ve always believed you have to start “where you are now”. This is what we have now and we can use it to make things better.
Having worked at every level of corporate IT from QA tester with Microsoft to Operations manager of the largest Cloud Computing platform in Switzerland, playing with code for over 40 years yet being rigorous about leading a low-tech lifestyle, I can understand why this approach to life matches the needs of our WordPressforGood clients so well.
So, it seems I’ve found my square hole. I still work in technical support. But now I work with the people trying to fix things. And I’m proud to continue serving the courageous people most dedicated to improving our world.
We’re (very) fussy about who we work with.
Every dollar I spend is a vote for the business I give it to.
So I need to ask myself:
“By choosing to work with this business what, exactly, am I voting for?”
The Work We Do
The straight-forward, no-nonsense technical support we provide every day comes in answer to the question “How can we remove another piece of the technical frustration from businesses who are trying to make the world a better place?”
We try to remember that behind each business, we’re all ordinary people working with other ordinary people to make a difference both for each other and globally.
We work for and with our clients who are commited to the same.
We envision a world where everyone can build an ethical business they believe in without becoming mired in the technology used to run that business.
Through continued experience and development, we will stay at the forefront of technology while adhering to the latest proven environmental practices, innovations and solutions to wisely protect and conserve the water we drink, the air we breathe and the earth from which we grew and on which we depend and live.
You, Our Client & Partner
The biggest motivation for us as individuals is seeing our clients suddenly experience the freedom to focus on doing good with their business. That’s what keeps us going. That’s what gets us excited. We know it’s not all about us, but there are a few important reasons why the clients who love us experience such great relief and have such trust in us.
A Simple Goal
Our goal is for you and your company or organisation to use technology well so your company can do enough good to make the world a better place.