Our principles

Our principles reflect our values and guide the BGV team, the founders we work with and our wider community.

1. Be early

Be imaginative and see the potential in emerging technologies and interesting or unusual solutions.

2. Understand the problem

Develop a deep knowledge of who your users are, their needs, and what that means for the design of your solution.

3. Don’t ponder, do

Don’t worry about getting things right first time. Test hypotheses as soon as possible and learn from both your successes and your failures.

4. Be part of something bigger

We’re in a community that’s changing the world. Help to support and grow the movement.

5. Be generous

Actively look for ways to help others. It nurtures our community, keeps us involved and means we learn new things.

6. Be different

Celebrate the radical approaches generated by a truly diverse team. The more diverse we are, the more we are able to understand the issues we’re tackling.

7. Be responsible

Act with integrity, fairness, and respect. Be aware of your impact and any unintended consequences.

8. Take the long view

Understand that there are no quick fixes for changing difficult real world problems; we’re patient and here for the long haul.

9. Make things open: it makes things better

Share what you’re doing whenever you can. With colleagues, with our peers, with the world. Share successes, share ideas, share intentions, share failures: we all learn from each other.