Barnes Management Group (BMG) has a unique way of doing business. But the BMG vision didn’t just happen. In fact, it’s supported by a collaborative approach that began taking shape when David Barnes, founder, started as a social worker with a career that spanned 25 years working in child welfare. “I worked with organizations that needed to support child welfare, and I always started with one question: How can I make the lives of children – and their families – better?”
Bringing people together
Throughout the years, David realized that he was most effective when he was able to bring people together, connecting the families with services to find out how to best support them. “I realized very early on that no one has all the answers, and I started to think, ‘We need to bring people together to get the families the best services possible’,” he says. In 1998, when David moved on to Homes First, a Toronto agency, providing affordable, permanent housing and transitional support for the homeless or those who have few options, he realized that people working with such a commitment and passion to helping other people could make a big difference – together.
Like-hearted people, people who share the same values, people who are able to work collaboratively in a structure that values everyone’s expertise – that’s the cornerstone of BMG. “I wanted people who share these values and can work together,” says David. “I didn’t have a clear business model because I wanted to see where all of this could take us.” So the business model is evolving, with BMG as the catalyst, bringing organizations together to build partnerships and find innovative ways to improve outcomes and find efficiencies. In addition, BMG puts the emphasis on relationships to work with organizations to find solutions that work for them. And for David, what has emerged is the realization that the social sectors need something different from a traditional consulting firm approach.