The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook

now available for purchase as a paperback & an ebook from Energize, Inc.

Completely revised and updated!
Published January 2014.

On Volunteerism & Volunteer Management

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    This section of my web site is a portal to the various volunteerism and volunteer engagement resources I've created or to which I've contributed. It includes:
    • my essays and resources about volunteer engagement/management and volunteerism (community engagement) not published elsewhere online, including information about virtual volunteering, microvolunteering, online mentoring, international volunteering, family volunteering, tech volunteering and employees on-loan/corporate volunteers.

    • various volunteerism and volunteer engagement/management resources I've created, or to which I've contributed, for other organizations, including the United Nations, on subjects such as virtual volunteering, using handheld technologies as part of volunteering activities, and the essential role volunteers play in community technology centers/community media centers, particularly in high-poverty areas.

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    my essays and resources about volunteer management and volunteerism:
    • Myths About Virtual Volunteering
      A list of common myths about virtual volunteering - engaging and supporting volunteers online - and my attempt to counter them.

    • Studies and Research Regarding Virtual Volunteering
      A compilation of research regarding virtual volunteering - the most comprehensive list you will find anywhere - and a list of suggested possible angles for researching online volunteering. New contributions to this page are welcomed - research can be about any aspect of engaging unpaid people online, even if it never mentions the term virtual volunteering, such as volunteers that contribute to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

    • Virtual Volunteering Wiki
      A compilation of resources regarding virtual volunteering, including a list of RSS feeds, a frequently updated list of news articles and blogs, and a history of virtual volunteering.

    volunteerism and volunteer-management resources I've created, or to which I've contributed, for other organizations, including the United Nations:

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    You can see my academic / research work, including that which is related to volunteerism, at my profile on Most of the academic articles that have cited my work regarding virtual volunteering are listed at my Google Scholar account 

    Kofi Annan and Online Volunteering
    (I made the UN Secretary General laugh)
    A personal commentary about my encounter with Mr. Annan at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2003.

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