Virtual Volunteer

Virtual volunteer – performing charity work online

Kudos Word Spy for introducing one of our favorite new buzzwords. How will organizations engage the participation of supporters in the virtual world? I credit the numerous editors on the Planeta Wiki for volunteering their time in helping develop new resource guides and directories of regional slang. That said, are there other ways we could harness the energy and enthusiasm of online volunteers? Are colleagues and friends already employing this concept? Let us know what’s happening in your corner of the world.

Buzzword Bingo: Virtual Volunteer

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4 Responses to Virtual Volunteer

  1. Greg says:


    Happy New Year!

    Important concept which we try to incorporate.

    As an aside, it is hard to link to your other social networking sites as I do not like share info. Invasion of privacy issues.

    – Geg

  2. ronmader says:

    Thanks, Greg. What I like best about social media is the option to share or not share information, to participate or not. And what we’ve learned from the 90-9-1 Principle is that most people are simply lurkers aka ‘Audience’ (which is fine as lurking is still a level of engagement.

    As to ‘virtual volunteers’ it ranks high on the list of current buzzwords as more and more people want to participate using their computers, perhaps a step beyond ‘clicktivism’ and not quite the physical engagement of planting trees or doing social work in the natural world. We’ll explore this more during Responsible Tourism Week, February 14-18.

  3. Greg says:

    There is also the possibility of sending cash to those who are already on the ground locally (often natives are the best volunteers, as they ensure continuity in a project, e.g. not just working at an orphanage for a few weeks and leaving, but staying there for the children for far longer periods).

    We donated $2500 to the Passports with Purpose project ( which is being carried out by (a local NGO which has done fine work by all accounts).

    So when you are not able to volunteer virtually in a direct way, there are many other ways to do so (inclusive of having websites which promote and inspire others to volunteer).

    As to the 90-9-1 rule, I have no problem with the concept. It is just that not all of us have the time to be creators of online content in the same manner. I still believe in the value of content in any form which can be reached in any manner. Each of us is suited for different roles and tasks in life, just as some can stomach volunteering on the ground after a major disaster, while others would just be a hindrance due to an inability to handle the horror. Each of us has our strengths and weaknesses and one size does not fit all.

  4. ronmader says:

    Thanks again, Greg. You’ve made me think more deeply about the 90-9-1 Principle:

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