Volunteering Lab Articles

The VolLab is documenting stories of networking, skill sharing, and training from across Greenpeace's international community of volunteers and coordinating staff. These stories surface successful experiments and patterns in volunteer engagement and are intended to help Greenpeace and allies.

Open Campaigns Camp goes live

80 global campaigners training and learning from each other

What happens when you bring 80 campaigners from around the globe together for three days to learn from each other about technology-enabled open campaigning? That’s what we’re finding out right now at Open Campaigns Camp in Berlin. Along with our colleagues from the Volunteering Lab and Aspiration Technology we are teaching one another about the experiences, skills and tools we […]

New global online network is powering grassroots-led campaigns

Greenpeace Greenwire is connecting a growing activist community

Greenpeace Greenwire, a community platform and social network is – slowly and subtly, but surely – changing the way Greenpeace activism works around the globe. Countries with live Greenwire hubs include the United States, India, Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. Another 14 hubs are on schedule to go live by mid-2015 – Indonesia, Thailand, Brasil, and Canada among them – with more to follow.

So far, Greenwire has delivered on its promise to make activism with Greenpeace more grassroots. Greenpeace Greenwire allows volunteers to more easily sign up with Greenpeace, facilitates data collection, provides a Greenpeace presence in cities that don’t have Greenpeace staff, and frees up time for hired employees to focus on community-building instead of administration. It has also helped campaign staff and street fundraising teams better connect to the grassroots.

Greenwire hasn’t been without it’s struggles, also, and we dive into what’s been learned as the network has expanded and been more involved in campaigns this year.

How to run a global online volunteer training

Group Leadership 101 project helps empower remote volunteers while building community and commitment

Trainings, workshops, gatherings and meetings: all are important tools that networks use to bring volunteers closer to the heart of the organisation. But what do you do when you need to train volunteers spread all across the country but you don’t have the financial budget or carbon budget for an in-person training? You need to get creative if […]

People Power is real power

Update from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare

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 […]

The People-Power Day

Update from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare

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 […]

Sharing talent from around the globe

Update from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare

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 […]

Orchestra and drum circle day

Update from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare

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 […]

It’s all about the bigger picture!

Update from the 2014 Global Volunteer and Engagement Skillshare

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. […]

When two extremes collide

A glimpse on discussions during a mini-skillshare on offline mobilisation in Amsterdam

By Joan Meris (Philippines) Nine individuals from extreme environments (literally from -27°C in Russia to 32°C in Indonesia and with Greece somewhere in the middle) dove deep into questions most volunteer coordinators are struggling with in one way or another. In a 2-day sparring session, they exchanged ideas, opinions and ways of working forward.