Author: Nicole Knapp

People Power is real power

People Lead

This is a guest post from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare by Dianne Mc Alpine. Greenpeace is changing; we are becoming the people powered machine we have long planned for. No longer do we decide what needs to be done and ask people to join us; we are listening to people, asking if we can help them achieve what they need to better their communities. This is the biggest takeaway, for me at least, from the 2014 Volunteer Coordinator Skills share. Over five days, 10 sessions, many, many workshops and some very powerful WOW moments, we have...

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The People-Power Day

People Lead

This is a guest post from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare by Aswini Sivaraman. Greenpeace is trying to become a people-power organization. Us volunteer coordinators are building that people power. Thus started the final day of what had been an educational and eye-opening week. Following 4 days of networking, interacting and attending some great sessions on volunteer communities, the gathering on the last day was filled with mixed emotions – sadness at parting, excitement at taking home and applying the newly acquired knowledge. Speaking of people power, Friday was the day of holding sessions the community democratically had...

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Sharing talent from around the globe

People Lead

This is a guest post from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare by Sanchita Mahajan. I was 3 days into the Global Volunteer Skillshare and so far, I had learnt so much about what engagement means to each one of us, and the vision to develop global engagement in the coming years. We wanted to be instrumental in ensuring that we can channel people power, into winning campaigns AND saving our planet. Which brings me to a fundamental question: what is people power? Yes, a billion acts of courage will change the planet, but let’s not forget the power...

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Orchestra and drum circle day

People Lead

This is a guest post direct from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare by Rattanasiri Kittikongnapang and Amanda Graupner. We work together like a symphony and get people involved in the drum circle. This phrase from the Global Volunteer Engagement Skillshare 2014 Day III summarizes everything about how Greenpeace works, and about how we work with volunteer networks. We are together here in Poland not solely to learn and share skills among volunteer coordinators; today we were challenged to ask ourselves, as a part of campaigning organization: “Do campaigns present the plan to you or you are a part...

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It’s all about the bigger picture!

Insights, People Lead

This is a guest post direct from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare by Anastasia Nikitinskaya and Rachael King. “OMG! No wait, I mean GMO”, someone said today. One of the challenges of holding international meetings is language. With over 90 people from offices all over the world, it’s sometimes hard for everyone to understand each other. Nevertheless, we have more in common than we have differences – joys and challenges of working with volunteers, internal issues within our offices, and satisfaction when we get it right. In 2002 only seven Greenpeace offices had paid staff working with volunteers. Now, in 2014, every office in...

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