What stops a View on Volunteer Management?
Today, after responding to an email from someone I got to thinking on activism and volunteer management.
We don’t have many activists do we? Sure we have experts and consultants and trainers and writers and the likes.
But what makes an activist? And do we need activists in volunteer management?
I say that we do
I hope that I am.
an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, esp. a political cause.
of or pertaining to activism or activists: an activist organization for environmental concern.
advocating or opposing a cause or issue vigorously, esp. a political cause: Activist opponents of the President picketed the White House.
Is Volunteer Management political though?
The reason I muse on such things right now is recent conversations Ive had with people. It got me thinking on what stops people from speaking out.
I know of people who have told me that they don’t speak on certain matters pertaining to volunteer management because “it is too political”
A voice lost because of that perception in that instance is a shame.
I was once told that I may be perceived as a “trouble maker”. By someone in the industry. My thoughts were at the time “ and your point is?”
I don’t make money from my blog. I don’t charge for my viewpoint. I see my blog as a volunteering activity actually! An opportunity for me to be an activist for what I belive to be an important cause in our society!
A few activists have a say and make an impact in our sector.
Just a few people.
So can you imagine what could be achieved if more activists were harnessed, if more people felt that the sector of volunteer management merited their ongoing commitment and if national associations for volunteer management actually did what they are supposed to do!
Better that than the brigade who over utilize the incessant excuses of
• I’m too busy
• I want to continue sitting on the fence….it’s far more comfortable up here
• Oh. I can’t burn bridges….I must remain a friend to everyone
• Criticism of this or that may not be astute for me politically or economically even though it deserves criticism and or critical analysis!
Speak up Volunteer Managers
Have a say here
Write a blog
Write to your association for volunteer management
Because Volunteer Managers Matter!
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