Chris Jarvis is a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Realized Worth, a global agency focused on the design and implementation of employee-led volunteering and giving programs. His work with companies around the world is helping to mobilize employees to make meaningful contributions in the communities where they live and work.
Widely known for his thought-leadership in employee volunteering, workplace giving and corporate social responsibility, in 2011, Chris was asked by the United Nations Office of Partnerships to design and launch the first private sector led initiative to achieve the post-millennial Sustainable Development Goals through corporate volunteering. Chris serves on the board of IMPACT 2030, the only business led effort designed to unite companies in their corporate volunteering efforts to address the United Nations’ Development Agenda.
In 2015, Chris and his partner, Angela Parker, launched the RW Institute (RWI), a think tank focused on advancing the practice and theory of corporate citizenship through innovative projects, research, analysis and public policy change. RWI is comprised of an association of stakeholders who are committed to removing existing barriers and promoting the practice and theory of corporate volunteering on a global scale.
The goal is to help practitioners be more successful – whether they are clients, engaged formally or not. Chris believes the work these men and women do as part of corporate citizenship is critical to addressing the huge social and environmental issues facing our global society.
- NEUROSCIENCE AND TRANSFORMATIVE VOLUNTEERING: HOW CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CHANGES OUR BRAINS
When human beings have new experiences, new synaptic pathways forge in our brains. We become alert to new ideas and we can be guided to new understandings and different behavior.
By integrating a few basic concepts into corporate citizenship programs, we can guide employees to challenge assumptions, become alert to new ideas, orient to what those ideas mean for them, and take action toward new behaviors rooted in inclusivity, compassion, and empathy – resulting in better employees, better companies, and better communities.
- BIG ORGANIZING AND TRANSFORMATIVE VOLUNTEERING: WHY MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE MATTERS
What does it take to make employee volunteering valuable? How can organizations build programs that are meaningful – transformative – for the employee volunteer, beneficial for the company, and impactful for the community? By increasing the ROI and SROI of your employee volunteering program by better understanding the neuroscience behind prosocial behavior.
Transformative Volunteering equips volunteer leaders to create a shared sense of belonging between volunteers and beneficiaries. Volunteer leaders can learn to guide others who take part in community projects to accept differences and to challenge implicit biases – and to overcome them.
Together, we explore the difference between Transactional Volunteering and Transformative Volunteering by reviewing recent scientific research. This helps us understand how corporate volunteering programs are an effective, perhaps inevitable, way for us to address the most serious social and environmental issues facing humanity today.