The cynics in the not-for-profit space would argue that profit and "good" cannot possibly be synonymous. But has the obsession with "giving back" made any difference at all? The successful businesses of the future will be the ones that figure out how to maximize profit as they maximize their positive impact on the world.
Why are student volunteers in Africa being tasked to do physically exhausting and challenging labour when there really wasn't a purpose to it -- except as some kind of "hardship lesson" for "spoiled youth?" I also began to wonder if we weren't taking work away from locals.
While I believe one needs to have altruistic tendencies to commit to a volunteer position, I just as firmly believe that some of the most awe-inspiring and powerful examples of volunteerism are often rooted in selfish motives. I believe this because I have witnessed it firsthand.
In your community, as many others, everywhere you turn there are volunteers. Whether it be at the community association or town, in one of the many schools and sports organizations, there are armies...
Using HD cameras, high-altitude laptops, video conferencing, geo-mapping software, helmet cams and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, my team and I successfully transmitted a broadcast quality web series online to Canadian classrooms day to day from Everest base camp to the top of the world.
Tragically, we all know what happens when a particularist worldview is pushed to the unthinkable extreme.