Problems with the Current Model

From the new Spark whitepaper, The Mission Driven Volunteer, written with Peggy Hoffman:

The current model of volunteering in associations, based on standing committees, is broken, leading to:

  • Difficulty recruiting volunteers
  • Do-nothing committees
  • Poorly attended meetings
  • No new ideas
  • Volunteer burn out
  • Disengaged and disheartened volunteers

All these are artifacts of a system that values form, position, and title over function, meaning, and action.

This model is pathological for several reasons:

  • It ignores the reality of generational differences.
  • It handcuffs organizational decision-making.
  • It limits opportunities for involvement.

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