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Jan 20, 2019 17:25:23

Unpaid roles

by @keni PATRON | 200 words | 288🔥 | 292💌

Keni

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I worked for a non-profit organization years ago. The company helped underprivileged children in Ethiopia to get an education. 

The main task that most non-profits have to do is fundraising.  So you create interesting events that will naturally attract people. 

I decided to create debate competitions. The topics were mostly on issues that affect the lives of Ethiopians in America. 

These were the 3 topics:

1) Cost of immigration outweighs the benefits. 
2) Affirmative action - Yes/No.
3) Assimilation Vs Keeping your identity in America. 

I stayed up late many nights to get things done. I dabbled in video, poster and sales strategy for our events. I got out of my comfort zone when I had to ask for things we needed. 

The most important lesson for me was the art of persuasion.... Asking the other people in the team to do good work, be on time and to go above and beyond - when you are not paying them. It requires a lot of patience.

An interesting experience being in an unpaid role. The reward was seeing the changes you make into the lives of others.

I recommend doing it at least once. 



 

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    @keni it sounds amazing what you wre doing!
    For me an absolute wonder is Ouishare https://www.ouishare.net/meet-us and their fests. I was a volunteer in 2016 and it all worked like a huge magical machine. Out of dozens or more people working there, only a few were being paid, because it was their full time occupation. I cannot pin down what they were doing to make all these people give everything they had, but we did.

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 21, 2019 16:04:31
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      @lucjah - Very nice. I am in awe of anyone that can do it this well.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 21, 2019 10:32:01
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