Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2015/Programme/Volunteers/The power of a "thank you" - motivating volunteers by showing gratitude

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The power of a "thank you" - motivating volunteers by showing gratitude[edit]

Name(s) and/or username(s)
Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska/Magalia
Type of submission (Please choose one)
  • Lecture (one-to-many)

Chapters and user groups depend strongly on the work, ideas and time of their volunteers. Motivating those volunteers and keeping them interested in engaging in offline activities is crucial especially for those affiliates which do not hire a large number of staff. Studies show that a simple "thank you" may be a great motivator. And while we do have some nice tools for showing gratitude online (barnstars and the thank you button) taking this practice offline may require some new ideas. I would like to share with you those ideas and projects - mostly low-cost - we tried in Wikimedia Poland and the effect they have on our voluteers.

Expected outcomes

I would like to inspire the audience to search new ways of motivating volunteers based on some ideas we tried or are trying in Wikimedia Poland. I would also like you to understand how showing gratitude may help in creating good atmosphere in the chapter/user group and keeping your volunteers inspired and eager to participate in offline projects.

Duration (without Q&A)

20-25 minutes

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Slides or further information
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