Voices From the Voluntary Sector: Perspectives on Leadership Challenges
The voluntary sector is made up primarily of not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations that engage with social issues. Voices from the Voluntary Sector contains reasoned reflections by practitioners on some of the significant challenges faced by today's not-for-profit organizations in Canada. Broad in scope, these essays present a rich, multi-dimensional set of vignettes that as a whole express the vitality and humanity of the voluntary sector in Canada.
The contributors discuss organizational and managerial challenges, social entrepreneurship, and how to foster effective global movements. The essays include a reflection on the ways that young people can find the courage to become leaders, an exploration of the absence of First Nations peoples within voluntary sector organizations, and a consideration how parental incarceration affects the life prospects of children. Voices from the Voluntary Sector is a valuable resource that addresses a wide range of concerns related to the responsiveness, character, and leadership of third sector organizations.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 448 pages
- Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.2in x 9.0in
Reviews’If you are interested in reading 15 well-written, diverse, stimulating, and sometimes moving essays from Canadian nonprofit leaders, this is your book... A refreshing combination of nonprofit leadership experience and well-digested management theory and research.’
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol 20:10:2011
'Voices from the Voluntary Sector is a serious advance in state-of-the-art research, providing an exceptionally thoughtful analysis of current trends in social innovation, community engagement, and knowledge mobilization. Each chapter contains rich experiences from the front-lines of organizations and offers a revealing window on the application of core leadership practices in the voluntary sector. With stories both analytical and emotionally evocative, these compelling narratives present a vital examination of issues and questions facing today's leaders.'
Diana Denton, Communication, Leadership, and Social Innovation, University of Waterloo
Author InformationFrederick Bird is a research professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and a distinguished professor emeritus at Concordia University.
Frances Westley is a professor and J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo.
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