When Rebecca Lovelace started dot-joining and connecting the underrepresented to the built environment trades and professions she did so because inherently it made sense and was the right thing to do.
As Building People marks its six year anniversary of being a hub
for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the sector it’s a great time to
reflect, not just on this company, but on the wider sector and how much more we
need to do.
The Building People mission is to
improve representation across the Built Environment by enabling and empowering
a collaborative movement for inclusive change. Our vision is to be the Centre
of Excellence for Inclusion in the Built Environment.
Peter Drucker says the best way to
predict the future is to create it, and that’s what Rebecca has been doing,
by bringing me in, and by shaping the values of the organisation, and there’s
plenty we can all learn from here.
As we bring people, needs and
organisations together, with expertise and a laser focus on
under-representation and inclusion, we are strategic, as well as passionate.
Analytical, as well as enthusing. Targeted, as well as all-encompassing. We
simplify access to careers opportunities for individuals and enable employers
to widen talent pools. Our commitment is to reduce fragmentation, avoid
duplication and to ensure collaboration. There’s a whole lotta heart here, but
we support it with our heads.
I think this is the best opportunity
to share with you that, as a Community Interest Company, Building People is
founded upon the following values:
We simplify user journeys. We reduce
fragmentation. We make it easier to find what already exists. We join things
together. We’re accessible.
We connect a network of networks. We
don’t duplicate effort. We join dots. We bring together people, needs and
opportunities. We work inclusively across difference.
We’re committed to the whole built
environment sector. We are for everybody. We act with integrity, reliability,
honesty and transparency.
We’re passionate about what we do. We
believe in change and our ability to drive it. We lead. We are a voice for
We listen. We do things differently.
We’re open to ideas and challenge from others. We’re proactive with solutions.
of the built environment is ours to change.
That’s our belief, but we need the rest of the sector to join with
us and believe it too.
It’s about taking personal responsibility and holding ourselves
accountable for the change we want to see.
The Built Environment sector is hugely, hugely important, it
literally shapes out world. But how can it shape an inclusive world if it’s not
That’s what Building People is here to help you solve.
As always, your support is vital. If you, too, believe that culture of the built
environment is ours to change, then get in touch, and together we can make a