Participation and engagementThe nature of volunteering is changing; communities are engaging with social, humanitarian, and development causes in new ways. How will we adapt to these new contexts to ensure we are able to mobilize communities and volunteers in the support of humanitarian and development causes?
Considerations and tension points for the Red Cross and Red Crescent
- How do we create spaces to help people to make their own impact in the world rather than just recruiting them to deliver the organization’s impact?
- If the very nature of voluntary service is changing, would the RCRC movement attract fewer volunteers for shorter periods? As such, would the IFRC network of the future be one that has a differentiated focus on volunteering?
- How can National Societies engage with citizen-led movements, and with more dynamic, fast paced and flexible ways of engaging youth as active drivers of change? How can the RCRC ensure much more open access to engagement and distributed networking and decision making within a traditional structure?
- How will we ignite an urgent and renewed focus on volunteering and what it means in the 21st Century?
What are the possibilities?
Different models of organizing are not just limited to citizens and communities. They can also revolutionize how the RCRC organizes its own managerial models. Is there a future where IFRC is truly decentralized, localizing our efforts completely? When we start to think of different ways of organizing ourselves, we start to consider different ways of solving problems. Alternative models of organizing can also extend to different models of rights and responsibilities.
How do you think it will affect vulnerability and the Red Cross and Red Crescent?