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Climate Aid encourages and calls for climate action

In May 2019, Brian May, the guitarist of the band Queen, hoped for another concert like the famous Live Aid concert held in 1985, but this time to combat climate change. The idea, that had probably rushed through the minds… Continue Reading →

Editorial: Change in leadership culture towards self-organizing organization

Over the past hundred years, management has shifted from focusing on organizational goals and objectives to leadership that emphasizes people and innovativeness, and finally to servant leadership where the primary task of leaders and supervisors is to enable their employees… Continue Reading →

Volunteerism in the third and fourth sector

The transformation of civic society is an active topic of discussion today. Next to the third sector voluntarism, an independent fourth sector has risen, gaining significant attention. This against the overall organizational concerns that people in general may not want… Continue Reading →

Participation and knowhow in Finland – visibility of voluntarism within the government program

The significance of civic society is clearly acknowledged in the current government’s policy. A major theme in the policy is to systematically strengthen the opportunities to advance the role of civic society both within Finland and globally. This appears in… Continue Reading →

Volunteering is spreading to all sectors

42% of Finns say that they have volunteered during the last four weeks and half during last year. Volunteering is good for both the volunteer and the target of the activity. Most of the volunteer work is done among children… Continue Reading →

Different kind of lobbying: defending volunteering in the European Union

What are lobbyists up to while politicians are out campaigning for the EU elections? What does a non-profit lobbying organisation do? Why are refugees a priority item on the European volunteering agenda? Meet Gabriella Civico, Director of the European Volunteer… Continue Reading →

Editorial: Volunteering elections

The Parliament election takes place in about a month. The parties and the candidates are already campaigning intensively, mostly with the aid of volunteers. In Finland, all the parties think that an open and functioning society is one of the… Continue Reading →

Volunteering as a promoter of involvement and inclusion

I participated in the CEV (European Volunteer Center) Autumn Volunteering Congress on 25.-26.10.2018 in Brussels. Kansalaisareena (Citizen Forum) offered its member organizations an opportunity to participate in the conference. In my blog, I present thoughts arisen there about how volunteering… Continue Reading →

Blog: Online volunteering as a form of volunteering

My own history of volunteering and activities in different organizations, both in non-governmental organizations and at the university in different tasks as a student, raised questions in my mind every now and then. I wondered why other people commit to… Continue Reading →

Volunteer coordinators can now complete a tailored immediate supervisor degree

– When I heard that an in-service training program that leads to a degree is starting for volunteer coordinators, I was super exited! says Elisabet Hallikainen from Sylva ry. Hallikainen’s wish came through when she was accepted to the first… Continue Reading →

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