Study The New Volunteers

The New Volunteers

Study, 2018 (free download)

Authors: Jakub Samochowiec, Leonie Thalmann, Andreas Müller
Languages: German, French, English
Commissioned by: Migros Kulturprozent

Jakub Samochowiec, Leonie Thalmann, Andreas Müller
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The New Volunteers

The future of civic participation

Authors: Jakub Samochowiec, Leonie Thalmann, Andreas Müller

Languages: German, French

Commissioned by: Migros Kulturprozent

Order the printed version of the study here

In our multi-option society, traditional volunteer work is becoming increasingly unpopular. What effect does this have on the role of civil society? The study ‘The new volunteers’, commissioned by the Migros Culture Percentage, addresses this question and formulates a framework for the civic engagement of the future.

The study shows that those who volunteer in future will want:

  • To get involved quickly in specific projects
  • To no longer simply provide free labour, but contribute ideas and have their say
  • To deal with and develop projects non-hierarchically

A prerequisite for any civic engagement is knowing where and how you can actually contribute. Digital platforms are playing an increasingly large role here as a method of connection and exchange. Web 2.0 is itself becoming a digital site of civic participation, for example through Wikipedia. The division between those helping and those being helped no longer applies to the new form of volunteering. The focus is now on tackling problems together rather than working through predetermined tasks – the new volunteers are participatory and potential-oriented.

Summary (PDF), German

Summary (PDF), French

Methods of study (PDF), German

By the way: Author of the study and researcher Jakub Samochowiec will also speak about the new volunteers in your company. For further information please contact Ingrid Schmid.