Volunteer efforts contribute to social wealth and human wellbeing in many different ways. When such efforts are reciprocated in a positive feedback loop, this helps to maintain and strengthen interest in further volunteering. Whether or not the volunteering involves self-interest, society benefits.
Volunteers are often important in medical, pyschological, social, historical, archaeological and biological research, and are involved in the operations of universities, museums, and other organisations that carry out research and provide education. When volunteers are involved in research and education, a range of practical and ethical issues need to be considered.
In this group we invite discussion of volunteering as (1) a topic of research and (2) a practical part of research methodology. Share your experiences and findings, recommend related publications or groups, and ask questions here.
Photo: Flower arrangement (ikebana) provided as a public service in an Osaka train station... a simple way to help reduce stress in crowded stations (PJM, 2018).