What's New & Updated With Jayne
available as a paperback & an ebook
from Energize, Inc.
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 but who want to improve or expand their programs. It's for anyone who believes it's past time to mainstream use of the Internet in the recruitment, engagement and support of ALL volunteers. It represents well more than a decade of research and experience! It covers high-responsibility, expert tasks, long-term commitments, micro tasks (microvolunteering), risk management, and more. If you work with volunteers online, or want to, this is the book for you.
My schedule is currently quite open for the rest of 2016. 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.
Updated: Where to Find Online Volunteering
My work is focused mostly on nonprofits, government agencies and other mission-based programs, but a lot of individuals that want to volunteer contact me as well, often about where to find online volunteering opportunities. I created this page for anyone looking to quickly get into virtual volunteering, whether it's a long-term, high-responsibility commitment or a micro task.
My Blog, updated regularly, provides announcements, info about new resources, and commentary. The RSS feed address for my blog:
July 2016 blog entries
2016 blog entries
I blog often about communications - crafting welcoming messages, crisis responses, managing online conflict, encouraging reconciliation, etc. I decided to create an index of those blogs here. For more than two months, every Tuesday night, and sometimes on Saturdays, I attended the Washington County Sheriff's Department's citizens academy. The academy ended in May. As a consultant and researcher regarding volunteer engagement and communications, I’m talking to organizations about community engagement, and I wanted to see a non-volunteering community engagement scheme first hand, to see how it works and to think about ways the idea might be exported to other, non-law enforcement agencies and even overseas. Also, I’m a human rights advocate, and when I look at what happened in Ferguson, Missouri in particular, I am outraged. So I wanted to see what the attitude of my local sheriff's department is. I blogged halfway through the experience. And now have a lovely photo of me and Sheriff Pat Garrett (no, really, that's his name).
May 2016 blog entries
Due to a lot of retweets and mentions, I've been getting a lot of visitors to my blog: Vanity Volunteering: all about the volunteer. Have a read and leave a comment!
April 2016 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
A visit to Havana, Cuba
I went to Havana, Cuba at the end of February. It’s been a life-long dream. Per my research before and during the trip, I've written published two blogs in March, one on Internet access / digital literacy in Havana, and one on Tweeters re: Cuba development & ICT4D.
March 2016 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
January & February 2016
Me in South Carolina Jan. 27 - 29
I'll be the keynote speaker and presenting workshops at the South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA) annual conference, January 27-29, 2016 in North Myrtle Beach! You do not have to be a member of SCAVA to attend. Join me! And you can book me for your conference or workshop!
Me in Vancouver, Washington Feb. 11
I'll be the keynote speaker at the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington / Directors of Volunteer Programs Association (DVPA) conference on Thurs., February 11 in Vancouver, Washington (state). And you can book me for your conference or workshop!
Updated: Preventing Folklore, Rumors (or Rumours) & Urban Myths From Interfering with Development & Aid/Relief Efforts & Government Initiatives
Folklore, rumors and urban myths / legends often interfere with development aid activities and government initiatives, including public health programs - even bringing such to a grinding halt. They create ongoing misunderstandings and mistrust, prevent people from seeking help, encourage people to engage in unhealthy and even dangerous practices, and have even lead to mobs of people attacking someone or others because of something they heard from a friend of a friend of a friend. With social media like Twitter and Facebook, as well as simple text messaging among cell phones, spreading misinformation is easier than ever. Since 2004, I have been gathering and sharing both examples of this phenomena, and recommendations on preventing folklore, rumors and urban myths from interfering with development and aid/relief efforts and government initiatives.
January & February 2016 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
December 2015 blogs: (in published date reverse order)
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.
September & October 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.