Volume XVI, Issue 2, January - April 2016

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My interest in the psychology of giving people advice was sparked by a recent programme on Britain’s BBC Radio 4, “The Human Zoo: A Word of Advice.” The more I listened, the more I could see that much of what we do when we manage, lead or just work alongside volunteers can be classed as ‘giving... Read more
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Growth and change are exciting – yet they pose challenges as well. Nobody knows that better than the staff and volunteers at San Diego Humane Society, an animal welfare organization more than 125 years old. In late 2014, as Director of Volunteer Engagement Kim Soto was updating a longtime funder... Read more
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When it opened in July 2002, the Imperial War Museum North (IWM North) in Manchester, England, unveiled an ambitious community volunteering project: the museum had recruited over 100 local residents, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, to work towards vocational qualifications in the museum... Read more
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  Back in September, the BBC in the UK ran a series of news stories and articles looking at the development of robotics. They were following up a study by researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte that predicted about 35 percent of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerization... Read more
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  In their Points of View article last quarter, ‘Volunteering at Ground Level’, Susan and Rob drew our attention to spontaneous and apparently largely self-directed volunteering occurring in Europe in response to the humanitarian crisis of refuges from the Syrian conflict. Such frontline... Read more
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As we all know, volunteer engagement is rapidly changing. So it is critical that volunteer administrators continue to grow, learn new things, share ideas, and identify trends when it comes to professional development and staying relevant. One way to do this is to take an old idea and give it a new... Read more
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Caduri, Aviva and Weiss-Gal, Idit (2015). Social workers who work with and without volunteers: Comparison of perceptions, organizational culture, training, and experience. British Journal of Social Work 45, 2458-2475. There are many research studies on volunteerism from the perspective of... Read more