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  •   March 2014

     The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook is now available for purchase as a paperback and an ebook from Energize, Inc.
    Susan Ellis and I have written 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.


    Online volunteers supporting aid and development
    Since November 2013, I've been providing advice and research regarding the online volunteering component of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, through People In Aid and France Volontaire. I'm finishing up my involvement in the project by the end of March.  



    Motorcycle & bicycle riders supporting aid and development
    Just updated with new examples! Motorcycles for good? Indeed! This page tracks the use of motorcycles in development / aid / relief / humanitarian efforts in developing countries. This isn't so much about volunteers going to developing countries and using motorcycles for relief efforts; rather, these efforts are more about local people being trained to ride and service motorcycles themselves as a part of such efforts, which not only helps get aid, including medicine, where it needs to go, but also helps create small businesses. At the bottom of the page is advice for individuals and small groups who want to use their motorcycles and travels to help others. 


    Not available for training or consulting
    through May 2014

    I'll be available again as of June. Get those requests in now for training/teaching and consulting!
     



    February & March 2014 Webinars

    The Best Assignments for Online Volunteers, an hour-long webinar for TechSoup.

    The Right Way to Engage Online Volunteers, an hour-long webinar for VolunteerMatch.


    February & March 2014 blogs
    EU Aid Volunteers will include virtual volunteering, March 10, 2014
    Research on USA volunteerism excludes virtual volunteering, March 7, 2014
    Why did we call it the LAST guidebook?, March 6, 2014
    Me in Philadelphia; want to meet April 9, 10 or 11?, March 4, 2014
    Penn Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program, March 3, 2014
    Myths aren’t just annoying – they promote hatred, March 1, 2014
    Community Service Help Cons Another Person, February 18, 2014
    Virtual Volunteering discussion group on LinkedIn, February 11, 2014
    What to do with old/vintage software, February 9, 2014
    Enhancing Inclusion of Women & Girls In Information Society, February 5, 2014
    Me with The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, February 4, 2014

     

    The Coyote Helps Foundation

     
      January 2014
     
    On January 21, I had a super fun tweet chat as a guest of VolunteerMatch. The subject? Virtual volunteering, of course! You can read the transcript here.

    Here's the video from my presentation for San Francisco Online Community Meetup Group (OCTribe), at TechSoup, talking about applying volunteer management principles to online community management. Here are the slides I used for the presentation.


    January 2014 blogs
    Should the NFL involve volunteers for the Super Bowl?, 31 January 2014
    accessibility, diversity & virtual volunteering, 28 January 2014
    Now available: The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook!, 23 January 2014
    How Our Minds Mislead Us, 17 January 2014
    Why I liked an anti-crowdsourcing Facebook page, 15 January 2014
    Traditional volunteering is now EXTREME volunteering, 9 January 2014
    Me in Europe in Fall 2014, 8 January 2014

    December 2013 blogs
    Questions for programs sending volunteers to developing countries, 30, December 2013
    A new “cyber” volunteering platform for small NGOs, 20, December 2013
    Too many volunteer matching web sites?, 16 December 2013
    Making certain volunteers feel unwelcomed because of your language,
    12 December 2013
    Assessing the Flow of Tech Talent into Government & Civil Society, 09 December 2013
    Safety concerns re: volunteers contributes to a shelter closing, 06 December 2013
    Dec. 5: International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development, 04 December 2013
    crowdcrafting.org – crowdsourcing for anyone, 03 Dec 2013
    Call for Papers re: Internships, 02 December 2013

    November 2013

    Free training video of me talking about Using Internet & Smartphone Apps to Work With Volunteers.
    This workshop, Real Tools for Real People: Using Internet & Smartphone Apps to Work With Volunteers, is a 90 minute training video made at the October Corporation for National and Community Service 2013 Pacific Cluster Learning Community Conference, with twang (I'd been in Kentucky two weeks previously). It's focused on managers of AmeriCorps, VISTA, SeniorCorps and other national service members, however, it's applicable to any initiative involving volunteers. Sorry that the video doesn't pick up the laughs from the terrific audience of about 50 or more people.


    Virtual Volunteering in Europe 2013
    For much of 2013, I researched and wrote about Internet-mediated volunteering (virtual volunteering, online volunteering, microvolunteering, online mentoring, etc.) in European Union (EU) countries. I've provide some analysis from that project that either aren't in the paper I've submitted, but I think they should be out in public for discussion, or, that are in the paper, but I wanted to highlight them in particular for discussion.


    Online & print articles about or addressing controversies regarding volunteers replacing paid staff
    A compilation of articles NOT authored by me. These are articles about controversies in both Europe and the USA.


    October 2013

    Want to know what it looks like to live tweet an event? The 2013 Pacific Cluster Learning Community Conference, a multi-day, multi-state training for people managing national service programs, such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, was held in October, and several of the sessions were broadcast live on the Internet. I live-tweeted several sessions one day, as the @Oregonvolunteer guest tweeter. I have a record of the day's tweets here (in reverse order).


    October, November & December 2013 blogs
    How do international NGOs use Twitter?, 27 November 2013
    It’s real: the unpaid internships & volunteers controversy, 23 November 2013
    New report NOT by me re: microvolunteering, 14 November  2013
    Online volunteers, social media, disaster response & the Philippines, 13 November 2013
    mobile devices, mobile apps, texting & volunteers, 28 October 2013
    The question I get asked again & again, 22 October 2013
    No complaints means success?, 17 October 2013
    Freaking out over Facebook privacy?, 15 October 2013
    Volunteer groups leading to financial donation/sponsorships? 14 October 2013

    September 2013

    Where I'm speaking in October:


    NEW RESOURCE
    One(-ish) Day "Tech" Activities for Volunteers

    Volunteers are getting together for intense, one-day events, or events of just a few days, to build web pages, to write code, to edit Wikipedia pages, and more. These are gatherings of onsite volunteers, where everyone is in one location, together, to do an online-related project in one day, or a few days. It's a form of episodic volunteering, because volunteers don't have to make an ongoing commitment - they can come to the event, contribute their services, and then leave and never volunteer again. Because computers are involved, these events are sometimes called hackathons, even if coding isn't involved. This page provides advice on how to put together a one-day event, or just-a-few-days-of activity, for a group of tech volunteers onsite, working together, for a nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), community-focused government program, school or other mission-based organization - or association of such.


    August & September 2013 blogs
    What I learned from researching virtual volunteering in Europe 16 September 2013
    Open Air Hackathon – Nonprofits Get Web Sites, Designers Get Accessibility Training, 4 September 2013
    I need your (not so stinking) badges, 31 August 2013
    pro vs. volunteer firefighters, 26 August 2013
    Volunteers needed, but are they wanted?, 21 August 2013
    Fire station turns away volunteers – and how it could be different World Humanitarian Day, August 19, 20 August 2013
    Me in D.C. & Philly area in April 2014, 14 August 2013
    Unions & Nonprofits: Commentary from the Nonprofit Quarterly, 12 August 2013

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    Do you welcome people with your language - or make them uncomfortable (even drive them away)?
    An online exchange with a volunteer manager putting together a volunteer recognition event lead to this blog regarding word choices and religious activities at secular organizations.


    2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010 Blogs (index of titles, by date)
     
    What was new (things prior to the last entry on the "What's New" page you're reading now)