We collected results of the olpcMAP survey and summarized them in a olpcMAP Survey Results. On Wednesday, Dec 29, I presented olpcMAP Survey Final Analysis, which interprets survey results and suggests major themes and underlying motives for volunteering.
I was glad to receive feedback and comments at the end of the presentation. Mark Battley agreed about people wanting to have a hobby that realizes their untapped talents. When you develop those talents, you become happier and frequently more successful, and he witnessed it. Ryan and Alexandra commented on tailoring projects for volunteers. We all agreed that there should be opportunities for 2 hours a week, 2 weeks a year or even two years at a time, etc. Then volunteers decide which one is right for them. Because the same person maybe interested in all three option at different times in his life. It is all about perpetual balance. We all want to find it. People struggle whether they should have a well paid job but no meaning, or spend time on an unpaid project that has a great social value. We are all constantly moving and adjusting our choices to finally find our perfect mix of life variables to reach our personal balance. Another important comment was about helping people figure out what they are good at or where do they fit as volunteers… Main Takeaway:
1. Help people feel useful and appreciated
2. Design perfect conditions for volunteering
3. Don’t judge people, educate them on what opportunities are available and what is possible
4. Create happy social identity
5. Provide facilitation