Yoda: Volunteerism in Russia

Civil Society, Cultural Intelligence, Government
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Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Government bad, , volunteers good?

In Russia, volunteers step up

By and , Published: February 2

ITOMLYA, Russia – A country doctor, a tiny, dilapidated village hospital, an indifferent health bureaucracy — and now, coming to the rescue, volunteers from distant Moscow, bringing furniture, equipment, money and, maybe most important, good cheer.In the background, though, is the parliament — weighing a law to bring any volunteer activity under the purview of the state, on the theory that people who organize themselves to do good work are a threat to the state’s power.

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Phi Beta Iota:  As Russia cracks down on US adoptions of Russian babies, Russia itself is facing a domestic public conclusion that government has failed and must be routed around.  In the USA, the majority of the public has reached precisely the same conclusion — they do not trust their government.  We are in the middle of a period of transition during which Industrial Era governments that do not adapt will collapse, to be replaced by hybrid forms of governance that combine intelligence with integrity.

See Also:

2013-02-03  Expats in Russia find a home by giving back (Russia Beyond the Headlines)

2012-08-27  Volunteerism takes off…again (Russia Beyond the Headlines)

2012-07-23  History of volunteerism in Russia (The Moscow News)

2012-07-17  Russia: A Law to Regulate Volunteer Efforts (Global Voices)