Monthly Archives: July 2010

Citizen Sector

Our Big Conversation group has been talking about better names for the “not-for-profit” sector, so it was good to read that the American organisation Ashoka (who support social entrepreneurs and the social sector) have been discussing the same topic.  They have floated “citizen sector” as a possibility, because the sector is powered by citizens “who care and take action to serve others and cause needed change”.

I like it – it’s instantly explanatory and a positive phrase rather than another “not-for”.

What do you think?  Would you like to say you work in or support the citizen sector?

It’s the environment stupid

Reading the Heath’s book Switch: How to Change when change is hard, reinforces what I have been teaching for years: we can create a life environment that can support and nourish us or make it hard for us to achieve what we want.

As I reflect on my life, I know that I have been “lucky” to have supportive environments:

For over a decade I’ve run a small business and I have been nourished by a number of networks of supportive colleagues.

On the sports front, I have been part of groups that have supported me to achieve my sporting goals.

And in my home life I have been supported and nourished by a loving husband and together we have created a beautiful home environment for us, our families and our friends.

So what’s next?  More opportunities to create nourishing environments in the social sector and promote corporate volunteering. And the beauty of volunteering is that ultimately it is a very self-serving act – it feels great to help others.

More soon.