Quotes about Being of Service

Anymore, the world can feel like there is no hope. Climate. War. Pandemic. Violence against anyone perceived to be “different” (depending on who is defining “different…”). The list goes on and on. And on. And on… That feeling as if we are drowning in what is wrong can stop us from doing anything at all … Read more

Symbiotic Volunteerism: Building Community Strength Upon Individual Strength

By Joyce Lee-Ibarra Who do you consider the most vulnerable members of society? For many of us, the young and the elderly spring to mind. In the context of volunteerism, youth and seniors are often thought of as the recipients, rather than the providers, of volunteer services. At-risk children, for instance, fill a common narrative … Read more

Small Organizations / Big Bang

The popular wisdom is that the groups that create change are those that are large enough to make a real difference, and that significant social change is most often spearheaded by a rare, brilliant leader. But that thinking is misleading and counterproductive, says Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of NESTA, Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology … Read more

Community Conversations about Things That Matter

Social change advocates talk a lot about engaging conversation, about bringing people together. And yet, attend just one parent-teacher or chamber of commerce meeting where a contentious issue is being addressed, and you’ll know it’s not that easy.  Bringing together groups with different opinions may mean only that they have the opportunity to yell at … Read more

No One Cares About Your Organization

Reality check: No one cares about your organization. If that’s a bit of an overstatement, it’s not by much. Yes, if you are the founder of a social enterprise, you obviously care a lot about the organization. And if you’re the owner of a socially conscious business, or the CEO of a traditional nonprofit – … Read more