Volume IX, Issue 2, January 2009

The Ivan H. Scheier Memorial Issue

As we sadly announced in our last issue, our colleague and friend Ivan H. Scheier died in October 2008, one of the true American pioneers of the field of volunteerism. We promised then that we would devote the next issue of e-Volunteerism to Ivan’s work. This is our Ivan H. Scheier Memorial Issue. 

In Points of View, Steve McCurley and Susan Ellis remember Ivan and discuss why it’s important for the volunteer field to honor pioneers and major contributors. Steve also writes Along the Web and Research to Practice in memory of Ivan, determined to keep Ivan’s extensive writing visible. Voices from the Past offers an excerpt from a booklet Ivan wrote in 1984 called Meanwhile…Back at the Neighborhood, while the Keyboard Roundtable revitalizes the debate Ivan started a dozen years ago on “Volunteer Administration: A Continuing Misnomer?” In Training Designs, we revisit one of Ivan’s early and most popular group exercises called “Mini-Max.” And last but not least, our three feature articles are devoted to stories about Ivan’s vast contributions, including Ivan’s “people approach” to volunteer work design, his unforgettable “Challenge Think Tanks,” and tales of how he thought, worked and lived in “Reminiscences of Ivan,” a compilation of notes, e-mails and various stories shared by colleagues in response to our call for such memories...   Read more

 

  Ivan Scheier was many things to many people – a colleague, a presenter, a mentor, a clever writer – but he was always one unquestionable thing to everyone he met: one of the true American pioneers of the field of volunteerism. In this collection of first-person stories, people who knew Ivan best... Read more
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Thinking in a Tank?  What’s that all about? By Melissa Eystad Ivan Scheier was a true pioneer in trying to get social sector folks to be more intentional actors in their communities and in their interactions with others – all for the public good. He adopted the term “think tank” to describe... Read more
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  I first met Ivan Scheier in 1977 at his cabin in Colorado.  At that time, he held regular retreats at his cabin, small events that catered to those who had a few years of experience in the field.  When I went to that event, I thought I knew a lot about volunteer management.  What I learned from... Read more
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e-Volunteerism tends to be a pretty straightforward management journal.  Despite the people-centered perspective that is at the heart of volunteerism, we don’t normally publish human interest soft stuff.  So why devote an entire issue to one person?  In this Points of View, Steve and Susan try to... Read more
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In his later years, Ivan Scheier finally learned how to use e-mail (at least in a sparing fashion) and to dabble in other parts of Web communication.  He was definitely not a techie and probably not even comfortable with being a Web person, but you’ll still see his traces online, many created and... Read more
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Background Ivan Scheier loved finding ways to get people to interact with each other, and he developed many group exercises for trainers or group leaders.  MINI-MAX was one of his early concepts and he refined it repeatedly over 30 years.  Some may be familiar with other names for Ivan's... Read more
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In this Keyboard Roundtable, we continue the dialog which Ivan started in 1996. We also discuss how the last 13 years have impacted who volunteers, the language we use, whether our profession is gaining appropriate recognition for this work – and whether it matters! In 1996, Ivan Scheier wrote a... Read more
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During the 1980s, Ivan started a small publishing operation in Boulder, Colorado called Yellowfire Press and produced a range of monographs and small booklets on subjects that interested him.  In 1984, he wrote Meanwhile…Back at the Neighborhood, a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch, 62-page booklet, offset... Read more
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This issue of Research to Practice takes a look at something that isn’t a typical research report and was written almost 30 years ago.  Exploring Volunteer Space: The Recruiting of a Nation (Out of Print)  was Ivan Scheier’s greatest work – an exploration both of his own mind and of the universe of... Read more