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Live your life by changing another life!

Having a company choice or individual choice to give their spare time or to helping out within their community. Having people from different professions coming together to get involved in activities.

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Giving employees the choice to go out during their break times to help those who are living in poverty, disabled or less fortunate. Or even better, the company can bring those living in poverty to the workplace, letting them spend more time in a sociable environment. The actions taken up by the employees, might be a task that could be accomplished as a whole unit from start to finish by one person within 30 minutes or it might be an action that could be broken down into its component parts where an individual employee is just one of many people performing the same task to achieve an end result.

What are the benefits of your concept for the individual and the employer?

Benefit for employees - People who are shy and uncomfortable with a group of strangers might feel more at home with this micro volunteering concept as they can now volunteer in their own company. - It empowers the employees to realise they can make a difference to those living in poverty, as they can now do something that benefits a worthy cause on their own terms. - employees can control the environment in which they volunteer their time. Benefit for employers - Company recognition – Showing that the company spends time to better their community. - Beneficial to have a helpful workforce - Employer sponsorship – Sponsoring the activity - Contribution – Employer participating within activities/ encouraging employees to do the same. - Giving employees extra time for community activity – time off (but making sure that they are up to date with their work). Keeping the company financially stable.

What might the impact of your concept be and how might it be measured?

Having a clear idea right from the beginning about the people’s life’s you are going to be changing will be an encouraging motive to participate in micro volunteering. Once the workers know who it helps and how much their contribution would help towards the community. It’s also a great way to further a cause that you feel sympathetic towards, developing new skills and meeting new people as you go on. It enables people who otherwise couldn't volunteer, to now contribute their time to worthy causes e.g. full time workers, who don’t have the time. Therefore there is potentially a much larger group of people to choose from. More volunteers = more lives that could be helped. These actions are easy and there is normally no commitment required from people. Therefore, these very attributes might encourage the employee’s to explore similar and even more actions, feeling sympathy or comfort in what they are doing.

How might your concept be designed to scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?

This could be started as a company project but could be extended areas or places that each employee feels most comfortable in. This gives them the choice to be conducting this activity in the space and the time they feel that it would be most effective.

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

A process experiment of the concept within a workplace, which has a fairly large space that can facilitate a varied number or people. From this experiment, there will be evidence judging how well this concept benefits all. Workplaces that are outside can set up an experiment of the concept by finding an area or space that will be able to facilitate the activity they will be doing. This may be necessary depending on the type of workplace they work in.


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I love how eveyone can benefit from this idea how about employess working together on chairtable events

ie: organising soup kitchens ??

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