Sustaining voluntary energy

ERNOP Science and Society Seminar: Sustaining voluntary ernergy

By Professor Lucas Meijs  from the from the Department of Business-Society Management at the Rotterdam School of Management

Discussant: Gabriella Civico, Centre for European Volunteering

March 23, 2021, 10.00-11.00 AM (CET)

About this seminar

The third sector, nonprofit organizations, communities and society depend on volunteers. But are  expectations of volunteers realistic? To what extent can people be motivated to start, continue or return to volunteering? The volunteer management literature seems to assume an unlimited supply of volunteers in their models, resulting in a “take-use-dispose” attitude towards volunteers. Consequently, these models are linear and focus on isolated nonprofit and public organization.

But volunteers are an important resource for many organizations, and are maybe becoming (increasingly) scarce. In this seminar we present a new model for Responsible Volunteer Stewardship to sustain, preserve and grow volunteer energy as a resource. We describe how volunteer energy can be grown in society and recycled (circular instead of linear) within the voluntary sector, by highlighting the important role of volunteer managers as stewards of this valuable resource.

About the department of Business-Society Management at Rotterdam School of Management

Established in 1998, the department of Business-Society Management (B-SM) at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University was the first of its kind within a European business school. The B-SM Department offers a social science-based perspective on managerial and organizational issues at the interface between business and society.

Within the department, we have multi-disciplinary faculty who turn their specialist expertise into tangible solutions for businesses and into transformational experiences in the classroom. Areas of expertise range from sustainability and climate change to social enterprise, stakeholder communication, cross-sector partnerships, philanthropy, ethics and corporate governance. Our faculty is also strongly rooted in theory which allows them analyze complex issues and wicked problems and to develop novel answers to pressing business and societal questions.

About Professor Lucas Meijs

Lucas C.P.M. Meijs is professor of Strategic Philanthropy and Volunteering at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Professor Meijs’ current research focuses on issues related to strategic philanthropy, volunteer/non-profit management, corporate community involvement, voluntary energy as a natural resource and involved learning (life-long development by volunteering).

More information on RSM and Lucas Meijs can be found here.

About Gabriella Civico

Gabriella is from the UK but has lived for many years in Spain and Portugal before moving to Belgium. She has a degree in Social Policy and Education from Surrey University (UK) and a Masters in Education in E-learning from the University of Hull (UK). Her professional background is in business and the Youth NGO Sector where she has worked as an administrator and also as a trainer and expert. Through her work in the youth field she was involved in the campaign to establish 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. Gabriella has volunteered since childhood in a variety of fields including Youth Advocacy, International Development, Disability, Environment, Immigration, Human Rights, Sports etc. She has worked closely with CEV since July 2010 in her role as Project Manager for the EYV2011 Alliance until the end of the project in March 2012  when she became CEV Director.

About the Centre for European Volunteering (CEV)

The Centre for European Volunteering (CEV) (until 1 July 2020 known as the European Volunteer Centre), established in 1992, is the European network of over 60 organisations dedicated to the promotion of, and support to, volunteers and volunteering in Europe at European, national or regional level.

Through our network we aim to be the leading voice in the values-based volunteering debate in Europe, influencing and sharing the current trends & challenges and those predicted for the future,  developing and providing policy advice and expertise for European Policymakers so that volunteering policies and programmes developed at European level are effective and fit for purpose. Network members are also supported to further their own objectives at national/regional & European level by the protection and support for a free and enabling civil society space, advocating for suitable European funding support, and by developing supportive policy statements at the European level on pertinent volunteering issues.  In this way, reaching out to the many thousands of volunteers and volunteer organisations in Europe as a source of support in bringing the European dimension to their work.