Leading from volunteerism to a social entrepreneurial bubble

“Volunteering would give opportunities to potential social entrepreneurs, helping to ideas and initiatives flourishment through one or more stimulating volunteer experiences. Two ways emerge: existing volunteering systems can review their framework and include a post-volunteering follow-up; new volunteering systems can be shaped with the aim to building a social entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

Following up young volunteers after their experience seems to be the safest way to get the best of the most talented volunteers. Hence the place to consider other methods to create new systems of volunteering up to the end of a process, which would be the accompaniment of the initiatives of these volunteers. Regarding this, how best to promote volunteering?

Putting young volunteers into a social entrepreneurial bubble implies supporting a youth that demonstrates a high entrepreneurial potential in the social sector. This can be done through a better organization of the volunteering system in the society. That would give opportunities to potential social entrepreneurs, helping to ideas and initiatives flourishment through one or more stimulating volunteer experiences.

“From there, young people will learn to choose purpose rather than income, passion rather than salary, and from there, seek the work that can help them better contribute to building a more developed and cohesive society.”

Two ways emerge: existing volunteering systems can review their framework and include a post-volunteering follow-up; new volunteering systems can be shaped with the aim to building a social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

  • Existing volunteering systems can then review their management of post-volunteering experience

Existing volunteering systems can then review their management of post-volunteering experience. Considering this, the most important question that should be asked to a volunteer after such an experience is mainly: what is your way forward project and which assistance do you need to make it more effective?

If the volunteer’s answer is to find a new job, they will make a nice recommendation to attach to their resume.

But it is certain that some would like to start their own business. These are the ones who need the most post-volunteering support. And it is they who have the potential to create a device that can be deployed to welcome more new volunteers (at a local or national level), thus creating a virtuous chain that perpetuates the system of volunteering, to bring to society all the known benefits: creating new jobs, reducing the unemployment rate, facilitating social cohesion, and much more.

However, those existing systems could never meet the demand of too many young people who would like to experience volunteering for one reason or another. Yet there are as many organizations wanting volunteers as there are young people seeking volunteers’ opportunities.

  • New volunteering systems can be shaped with the aim to building a social entrepreneurship ecosystem

In addition to existing volunteering systems, new systems should be created as ways to facilitate the meeting and relationship between the two parts (the potential host organization and the potential volunteer).

They could be shaped as virtual or physical platforms that communicate effectively to be well-known by both parts. Being not a limited system, it should be able to receive demand from both parts, to manage the demand and give accurate results to users.

“Therefore, organizations seeking volunteers would, subject to pre-defined criteria, submit their requests. Young people looking for volunteering opportunities would do the same. Thus, both parties would find it easily.”

But these new systems should also include a post-volunteering tracking system to find and mentor more talented young people. This will lead to the same result, the creation of new social enterprises that will drive new jobs for other young people and so many other volunteering opportunities to gain experience or improve it, while contributing to development. This will create a chain of growing and emerging organizations led by skilful people able to solve development challenges that faces the world.



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