This is discussion about IndianWildlifeClub -Are you ready to be a wilderness Volunteer?.
Hi Dr. Sharma,
I see you have placed a lot of effort into this organization and muscled through some tough times. You mentioned that your project is unique in India as an online portal for converting the conversationalist spectators into players. Are there other organizations outside India using this approach? Now that you have some experience and data, what do you believe works best to get people to become highly involved?
I can think of Sierra Club as one of the prominent clubs who have
popularized travel for exploration of wilderness places. The National Geographic also started by arousing the curiosity of people through their photos and videos.
People get "highly" involved of their own volition; I do not think one can get them to do it with just money either.
Clubs like ours can at best motivate people to become more active players from being curious knowledge absorbers. We can also broad base the dialogue to an extent unimaginable in the non Internet based media. The power of networking validates one's views and the power of aggregation of relevant knowledge gives the user a 'can do' attitude.
This is the stage at which many users look for on ground activities to participate in. The process of converting 'the conversationalist
spectators' into players happens in two steps. Becoming active in the virtual world first and then the real world, the process is indeed slow.
But when we offer a program we access people at various levels of
engagement to accelerate the nature of involvement. Responses to our survey for Wilderness conservation Volunteers Program validated this concept. 97% of the respondents rated “nature of work” as the main motivation behind volunteering.