Volume IX, Issue 2, January 2009

The Ivan H. Scheier Memorial Issue

As we sadly announced in our last issue, our colleague and friend Ivan H. Scheier died in October 2008, one of the true American pioneers of the field of volunteerism. We promised then that we would devote the next issue of e-Volunteerism to Ivan’s work. This is our Ivan H. Scheier Memorial Issue. 

In Points of View, Steve McCurley and Susan Ellis remember Ivan and discuss why it’s important for the volunteer field to honor pioneers and major contributors. Steve also writes Along the Web and Research to Practice in memory of Ivan, determined to keep Ivan’s extensive writing visible. Voices from the Past offers an excerpt from a booklet Ivan wrote in 1984 called Meanwhile…Back at the Neighborhood, while the Keyboard Roundtable revitalizes the debate Ivan started a dozen years ago on “Volunteer Administration: A Continuing Misnomer?” In Training Designs, we revisit one of Ivan’s early and most popular group exercises called “Mini-Max.” And last but not least, our three feature articles are devoted to stories about Ivan’s vast contributions, including Ivan’s “people approach” to volunteer work design, his unforgettable “Challenge Think Tanks,” and tales of how he thought, worked and lived in “Reminiscences of Ivan,” a compilation of notes, e-mails and various stories shared by colleagues in response to our call for such memories...   Read more

 

Ivan Scheier was many things to many people – a colleague, a presenter, a mentor, a clever writer – but he was always one unquestionable thing to everyone he met: one of the true American pioneers of the field of volunteerism.  In this collection of first-person stories, people who knew Ivan best... Read more
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One of Ivan Scheier’s unique contributions to the volunteer field was his multi-day retreats for experienced practitioners, which he called “Challenge Think Tanks.” He hosted these retreats in various places across America during the 1980s and 1990s, whenever he could find a host organization. Ivan... Read more
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In the 1970s, many in volunteer management were concerned with making the field more professional by adopting and adapting personnel practices from private business.  Ivan Scheier believed this was not only wrong-headed but almost the opposite of what we should be doing.  Instead, Ivan preferred... Read more
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e-Volunteerism tends to be a pretty straightforward management journal. Despite the people-centered perspective that is at the heart of volunteerism, we don’t normally publish human interest soft stuff.  So why would we devote an entire issue to one person?  In this Points of View, Steve and Susan... Read more
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In his later years, Ivan Scheier finally learned how to use e-mail (at least in a sparing fashion) and to dabble in other parts of Web communication. He was definitely not a techie and probably not even comfortable with being a Web person, but you’ll still see his traces online, many created and... Read more
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Ivan Scheier delighted in creating group exercises that allowed people to actively interact, have fun and still accomplish serious goals.  One of his early and most popular training designs started out as “Mini-Max” and evolved over 20 years into other formats, notably the “Glad Give Game.” The... Read more
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In 1996, Ivan Scheier wrote a series of articles for the “Grapevine” newsletter which challenged volunteer administrators to consider the pros and cons of using the term 'volunteer' in describing the work that our profession undertakes. In the article, titled “Volunteer Administration: An Emerging... Read more
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During the 1980s, Ivan Scheier started a small publishing operation in Boulder, Colorado called Yellowfire Press. At Yellowfire, he produced a range of monographs and small booklets on subjects that interested him. In 1984, he wrote Meanwhile…Back at the Neighborhood, in which he considered one of... Read more
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This issue of Research to Practice takes a look at something that isn’t a typical research report and was written almost 30 years ago. Exploring Volunteer Space: The Recruiting of a Nation was Ivan Scheier’s greatest work – an exploration both of his own mind and of the universe of volunteering. ... Read more