EVMP to partner with Meridian International Center’s Global Service Leaders Initiative for Service Innovation Summit | Madrid | 28-30 March 2012

EVMP is partnering with the Meridian International Center’s Global Service Leaders Initiative (GSL) on its inaugural conference in Madrid, Spain March 28-30, 2012. The 2012 Service Innovation Summit, co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Spain, the Meridian International Center, and the Fundacíon Rafael del Pino, will promote service and volunteerism in communities in Spain (and around the world). The Summit will bring together thought leaders from Spain, Europe, and the United States to explore how volunteerism and community service can address the challenges Spain faces, especially in light of the effects of the ongoing economic crisis. The Summit will showcase proven models and best practices of impact volunteerism. Through trainings, seminars, and networking opportunities, Summit participants will enhance their ability to make a difference in their own sectors. After the Summit, participants will stay connected on GSL’s virtual platform, an international “learning network” that allows service leaders to share tools, resources, and best practices.
 
As part of this Summit, EVMP and the Spanish Platform for Volunteering will host a workshop in Madrid, Spain on 28 March, 2012 from 10:00-14:00 to discuss the possible implementation in Spain of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work. The workshop will gather the leadership of the volunteering community in Spain together with government and statistical officials with two objectives in mind – first, to ensure that the voluntary sector in Spain is made fully aware of this new Manual and the methodology it employs, and is provided the opportunity to address questions or concerns about its implementation in Spain; and second, to secure a commitment from government officials to work with the volunteer community to explore possibilities for measuring volunteering in Spain.
 
Click here to download an overview of the Global Service Leasers Initiative.