Session 1: Where Does Your Volunteer Department Reside? Implications & Opportunities
Where volunteer programs land on an organizational chart can impact how volunteers are onboarded, trained, deployed, and perceived. It can determine how volunteers are perceived across the organization, how they perceive their worth, and how engaged they feel with a garden and its mission. How does placement affect volunteer engagement? Volunteer managers often walk a fine line as mediators between an organization and volunteers, maintaining open yet controlled communication. In this panel we discuss the role of volunteer managers as institutional advocates and the many important ways volunteers can support our gardens.
Presenters: C. McDonald, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas; S. Pell, U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC: C. Wieland, San Francisco Botanical Garden, San Francisco, California; C. Brown, Smithsonian Gardens, Washington, DC.
Session 2: A Case Study in "Learning from Success"
The JBG's Green Teams
We are all accustomed to investigating and assessing our failures—asking why something didn't work or where things went wrong. This talk will take the opposite approach to organizational learning and actionable analysis, asking not what went wrong but what went right. This method, developed and implemented by the Israel Prize winner, Professor Jonah Rosenfeld, is a unique tool for developing ongoing learning processes through systematic analysis of successful endeavors and is well suited to assessing activities in botanical gardens as more and more of them take on new and diverse projects and a wider social role.
Presenters: A. Bar-Yoseph, O. Ben-Yosef, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Jerusalem, Israel.