Cultural Playing Field

Joint meeting of NNVIA and EVDC by Robin Simpson
February 16, 2012, 8:10 am
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The Network of National Volunteer-Involving Agencies (NNVIA) is a national forum for national organisations that involve volunteers: NNVIA currently has 56 member organisations. Many NNVIA members also belong to the England Volunteering Development Council (EVDC) and this Wednesday, for the first time, EDVC and NNVIA held a joint meeting, at Birkbeck College in London. The joint meeting succeeded in attracting considerable more people than the combined total attending the last separate EVDC and NNVIA meetings. It focussed on two main topics, looking at innovation, technology and digital inclusion in relation to volunteering in the morning, followed by a discussion of employer-supported volunteering after lunch. We had three fascinating speakers – Annie Dare from Race Online 2012, Philip Colligan from the NESTA Innovation in Giving Fund and the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at KPMG, Michael Kelly. Having a large group of people in the room made it possible to run effective open space discussions on the two topics. It was a really interesting day and I think showed the potential for similar joint meetings of the two networks. I was particularly fascinated by some of the discussion around innovation: Philip Colligan explained that the NESTA Innovation in Giving Fund is promoting reciprocity and making use of idling capacity. I loved the statistic that the average use of a drill in its lifetime is 12 minutes! “Why buy a drill when you need a hole?”

Robin Simpson.

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