What's New & Updated With Jayne
Volunteering Guidebook is available
for purchase as a paperback and an ebook from Energize,
Susan Ellis and I wrote this book both for people that are new to virtual volunteering, as well as for organizations already involving online volunteers who want to improve or expand their programs. It's for anyone who believes it's time to mainstream use of the Internet in the recruitment, engagement and support of ALL volunteers. It's available on Susan's web site and on Amazon, both as a paperback and as an ebook.
After January 2016, my consulting schedule is wide open. I am available for short-term consultations, long-term projects, part-time positions, and, for the right role, a full-time permanent position. Here's what I can do for your organization/initiative. I'm available for interviews on Skype or your preferred video conferencing tool, and, of course, by phone - I'm on West Coast time (the same as Los Angeles). I'm available for in-person, onsite interviews in and around Portland, Oregon (the area where I live), and am willing to travel most anywhere for an interview or as part of a short-term consultation.
Online Leadership / Influencing Online
There is a plethora of information about leading a team online, but as the Duvall Leader in Residence at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Leadership Development (CFLD) in October 2015, I wanted to focus specifically on online leadership, on engaging in activities that influence others online, that create a profile for a person as someone that provides credible, important, even vital information about a particular subject. What does it take to be a leader online? This new page explores that.
November 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
Me in Kentucky in October
I'll be in Henderson, Kentucky for a week and Lexington, Kentucky for the last week of October. Check out the above link, which has complete details about dates, and, if you want to attend the conferences where I'll be, or if you want a consultation or to buy me coffee while I'm in either city, let me know.
October 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
September 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
On a personal note: my travelogue for my recent 16 day motorcycle trip from Oregon to Stewart, British Columbia and Hyder, Alaska, up the Stewart-Cassiar Highway to the Yukon and back down the Alaska Highway.
Tips for staying in contact with remote staff in developing countries / conflict zones
Many factors stand in the way of trying to stay in contact with field staff at projects in rural or conflicted areas in developing countries. I review all of the various challenges faced by people in a main office in getting data from field staff working in humanitarian / development / aid initiatives, and how to address those challenges.
I now have more than 30 organizations and initiatives in Oregon, primarily in the Portland, Oregon area, that are involved in overseas development / aid / relief / humanitarian efforts, or that are involved in educating people about other countries - and a few in Oregon but outside PDX.
(or any high-responsibility volunteers that will work with clients)
Recruitment is a mentality. Successful recruitment of volunteer mentors comes from a mentality that permeates the organization, one that prompts employees and volunteers to always be looking for opportunities for outreach and partnership, and where all employees and volunteers are advocates for the program, regardless of the tasks they undertake. This web page has specific recommendations to recruit mentors for youth, but these recommendations could be used for most any high-responsibility, high-commitment volunteer role working with clients, such as counselors, tutors, volunteer firefighters, CASA volunteers, etc.
Me in Kentucky in October
I’ll be the Fall 2015 Duvall Leader in Residence at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Leadership Development (CFLD), part of UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Oct. 26 – 30, in and around Lexington. The week before, I’ll be in Henderson, on the other side of the state, to be the keynote speaker for a capacity-building event for nonprofits organized by Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement (KYNDLE), serving Henderson, McLean, Union and Webster counties in northwestern Kentucky and the Henderson Community Foundation. More information about these Kentucky gigs.
July & August 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
May & June 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
Updated: Ideas for Leadership Volunteering Activities
Information on my web site about volunteerism is focused mostly on those who work with volunteers, rather than volunteer themselves. But an FAQ on various online groups is from young people looking leadership volunteering activities - ideas to create or lead a sustainable, lasting benefit to a community, and that involve recruiting others to help. These can also be activities for the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (U.K.), a mitzvah project, or even scholarship consideration.
March & April 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
Advice For First-Time Humanitarians & Aid Workers
Folklore, Rumors (or Rumours) & Urban Myths Interfering with Development & Aid/Relief Efforts, & Government Initiatives (& how these are overcome)
Folklore, rumors (or rumours) and urban myths / urban legends often interfere with relief and development activities, and government initiatives, including public health initiatives -- even bringing such to a grinding halt. They create ongoing misunderstandings among communities and cultures, prevent people from seeking help, encourage people to engage in unhealthy and even dangerous practices, cultivate mistrust of people and institutions, and have even lead to mobs of people attacking someone or others for no reason other than something they heard from a friend of a friend of a friend. This resource has examples of this happening and how to prevent or address such. It's been updated with information regarding Ebola in West Africa and vaccinations in the USA (see the page for how to submit your own examples and recommendations).