Your philosophy of service

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Your philosophy of service

  1. 1. Your Philosophy of Service Emerging Leaders Level I 2011
  2. 2. Purpose <ul><li>This exercise will allow you to identify what service means to you, to understand how individuals define service differently and have different assumptions about what constitutes service. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it have to be a particular kind of activity or work? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it have to serve a specific group of people or classification of organization? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it have to have a distinct, identifiable goal or purpose? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Activity #1 <ul><li>Jot down some notes about your personal criteria for calling something service. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Activity #2 <ul><li>S tudy the list of 18 examples of Service carefully and place a “1” next to the action that most closely fits your personal philosophy of service. Place a “2” next to the action that is the second best fit, and so on, until every item up to 18 (or more, since there are blank lines included for additions) has a ranking. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Activity #3 <ul><li>In your group, compare each member’s rankings and discuss the differences and similarities. Develop a consensus on the rankings and a definition of service that is acceptable to each of you given your personal philosophy of service. In your discussion, consider how each member responded to the three questions listed above. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Service Categories <ul><li>Activism/Advocacy (e.g. organizing a petition, a protest, or operation for a cause) </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Services and Assistance (e.g. tutoring, preparing dinner at a shelter) </li></ul><ul><li>Lifestyle/personal gestures (e.g. giving blood, adopting) </li></ul><ul><li>Charity/Philanthropy (e.g. monetary and other donations) </li></ul><ul><li>Religion/Spirituality (e.g. serving on a committee at a religious institution) </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship (e.g. voting, running for city council, joining the armed forces) </li></ul><ul><li>Vocation/Calling (e.g. choosing work that makes a difference) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Entrepreneurship (e.g. micro-lending) </li></ul>

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