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Celebrating #ISTR2016: Four FREE articles on this year’s conference theme ‘Third sector in transition’

waterviewn-photoThe International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)’s 12th International Conference is now well under way at Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden.

We’ve been rather inspired by this years’ theme – ‘The Third Sector in Transition: Accountability, Transparency, and Social Inclusion’ –  to make a handful of articles free* on the same subject and share them with you.

And here indeed they are….Happy ISTR conference and happy reading!

1) The rise and fall of Australia’s first independent regulator for the not-for- profit sector: a missed opportunity for philanthropy (Vol 5.3, November 2014) by Elizabeth Cham Continue reading ‘Celebrating #ISTR2016: Four FREE articles on this year’s conference theme ‘Third sector in transition’’

How is the activity of volunteering changing? #volunteersweek

In today’s guest blog post Sue Kenny shares findings from research about the changing nature and shape of voluntary action and active citizenship is taking with the next generation…

Sue Kenny2.1There are many forms that contemporary active citizenship can take. It can be an expression of civic and civil commitment as well as a form of activism.  

Similarly, volunteering can be an expression of active citizenship in each of these forms.  For example, membership of  local council committees is a form of civic commitment; helping out in a community centre is a form of civil commitment and organising a protest march involves the activist form of active citizenship. Volunteering plays an important role in generating social capital through these different ways of participating in society.

All these types of active citizenship are familiar aspects of participation in civil society. Yet as we discuss in Challenging the third sector: Global prospects for active citizenship, an alternative paradigm of active citizenship and volunteering is emerging, largely out of the gaze of public scrutiny. Continue reading ‘How is the activity of volunteering changing? #volunteersweek’

What I learned from volunteering for Policy Press….

Jennifer Bell, English Literature MA student at the University of Bristol, has just spent the past eight months volunteering at Policy Press as part of the Editorial Commissioning team. Today is (sadly!) her last day with us. 

Jen’s learned that ‘it takes a village to raise a book’, there’s more to Friday’s than cake (really?!) and she tells us how the experience has influenced her future career plans. Read on for more insights….

Jennifer BellHow did you hear about volunteering at Policy Press?
I heard about the volunteer scheme run by Policy Press from my department at the University of Bristol. Continue reading ‘What I learned from volunteering for Policy Press….’

Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector Review #volunteersweek

It’s #volunteersweek 1st – 12th June and to celebrate we’re making our Voluntary Sector Review (VSR) journal completely FREE to view and read for the entire 12 days! Simply click here to access the journal – happy reading!

We’ve also asked one of the journal editors, Bernard Harris, to share his thoughts how the Voluntary Sector Review has offered a crucial space for analysis and review of the sector in the six years since it first published…


Bernard Harris, co-editor of Voluntary Sector Review

Volunteers’ Week highlights the role which volunteering plays in contemporary life. Volunteering is seen as an important activity in its own right and as a way in which individual citizens can contribute to the welfare of others.

The ‘voluntary sector’ is seen as a partner to statutory services and – in some quarters, at least – as an alternative to them, and the boundaries between the voluntary and private or commercials sectors have become increasingly porous.

The importance of the role played by volunteering and the complex nature of the voluntary sector reinforce the need for independent critical analysis of the many different activities which these terms cover.

A unique space

The Voluntary Sector Review provides a unique space for this analysis. It presents the results of the latest academic research alongside discussions of new policy initiatives and contributions from practitioners commenting on practical developments within their own organisations and the sector more generally. Continue reading ‘Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector Review #volunteersweek’

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