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Making Volunteering More Popular By Making It More Relevant

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Service is a fundamental pillar of American society, and its roots go back to the origins of the nation.


Giving back to the community has been core to America ever since this nation was founded. But the way we serve hasn’t shifted with the way we work.


**While most service opportunities involve things like building houses, painting schools, or picking up trash, these activities don’t play to the strengths of the majority of Americans.


**When people don’t have the option to volunteer in a way that draws on their strengths or their skills 


**when people don’t have the option to volunteer in a way that make sense to them  


**when volunteering doesn’t result in an impactful outcome, people volunteer halfheartedly or they don’t volunteer at all.


This is a pretty serious consequence.


**In fact, the volunteer rate in America over the past 10 years has dropped nearly 3%.


How do we change this? We’ve created the first scalable online pro bono service provider called Catchafire.


In one year we’ve registered nearly 2,000 organizations and 10,000 professionals, but we’re nowhere near our goal, which is to make it commonplace for everyone to give what they are good at.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"


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Finding Meaning Together on the Real-Time Web

This is an inspiring piece by Jeff Pulver, Founder of the #140 Conferences, angel investor, curator and so much more. I have had the good fortune of attending the #140 Conferences, meeting people in real life, hearing about miracles that occurred as a result of connecting through social networks.


Excerpt:


We are seeing what happens when you are living in a world where hundreds of millions of people can discover each other, and communicate directly; where barriers to entry and in fact gatekeepers slowly go away.


We are seeing what happens when people discover each other, discover that they can feel and connect, and can touch and engage.


We now have generations of people who realize that they are living in a world of 7 billion other people, and where for the first time in our human history every voice matters. There is profoundness in terms of where this brings us.


There is a virtualization even though we are in the physical. There is still something happening spiritually, that is touching, changing, and connecting many of us.


Some of us, unfortunately are kind of numb to it. They do not get it. They feel something but they do not know why they feel it.


There are other people who actually have this intense ability not only to feel, but sometimes affect positive change. So these technologies are helping us accelerate some things.


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