Our work of organizing people in the fight against cancer hinges on where the people are. Currently, our volunteer base is organized, for the most part, via the workplace. The workplace has morphed over the past decades, from a place where people knew there was a mutual longterm commitment to that of a much more loose and flexible arrangement. A person may not be an employee of where they work for more than a year, even at a professional level, or may not be an employee at all and is instead a vendor. The ebbing of connection to a corporation with a large centralized workplace is increasing. Benefits exist in these new arrangements, as do challenges, such as income generation as described by Reuters today. Similarly, opportunities for success and possible difficulties exist for the American Cancer Society.
The following thought piece was presented to ACS volunteer and staff leadership the projected environment and how ACS can continue meeting mission in this new flat world. It has also been published internally. Your thoughts are welcome.