Bill Fulton Enhancing Volunteer Collaboration

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Bill Fulton Enhancing Volunteer Collaboration

  1. 1. Sharing Best Practices Through Community Networking May 27, 2009
  2. 3. <ul><li>Reframe “volunteerism” from donating time to strengthening democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Reframe “volunteer coordinator” from herding cats to building civic capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Provide you with tools to promote civic learning and civic impact </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilize ourselves for the common good </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>A non-profit organization </li></ul><ul><li>A growing network of civic partners </li></ul><ul><li>A new “operating system” for civil society </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Civil Society as Associational Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separate sphere from market and state </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone— social capital built from reciprocity, norms of trust </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Civil Society as “The Good Society” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ A society that is civil”—working across sectors toward shared goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Denver’s Road Home </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Civil Society as Public Sphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space for deliberation, association, collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coffee shops, town halls, blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from Michael Edwards, 2004 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>Serving the community </li></ul><ul><li>Working toward meaningful goals </li></ul><ul><li>Building relationships with new and diverse people </li></ul><ul><li>Helping build bonds of trust and reciprocity </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting organizational goals and the common good </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting people across lines of difference </li></ul>
  6. 12. <ul><li>A open-source space for learning and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Cross between Facebook, Google Groups, and CraigsList </li></ul><ul><li>www.thecivicnetwork.org </li></ul>
  7. 13. <ul><li>Reframe “volunteerism” from donating time to strengthening democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Reframe “volunteer coordinator” from herding cats to building civic capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Provide you with tools to promote civic learning and civic impact </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilize ourselves for the common good </li></ul>
  8. 14. <ul><li>Separate sphere from market and state, “the civic sector,” or “the volunteer sector” </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone— social capital built from reciprocity, norms of trust </li></ul><ul><li>Space in which we learn to become citizens—not constituents or consumers </li></ul>

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