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Voluntary Matters video series (3 of them on volunteering, management, fuinding, contracts etc) from the Media Trust probably has been discontinued now (2010).

Balancing Acts: Responding to Devolution & Regionalisation; ACEVO, 1st edition 2001. 52 pages, ISBN 1 900685 12 4, £17.50. Publisher's info: Devolution and regionalisation - from the setting up of the assemblies in Northern Ireland and Wales and the parliament in Scotland, to the establishment of the London Mayor and assembly - offer the voluntary sector new opportunities for funding, consultation and involvement. But they also offer scope for confusion and bureaucracy. This guide provides essential information on how the new structures work and how they relate to the voluntary sector in general, as well as checklists to help you assess their impact on your organisation in particular.

Charitable Trust? Social Auditing with Voluntary Organisations Peter Raynard & Sara Murphy; ACEVO, 1st edition 2000. 50 pages, ISBN 1 900685 11 6, £17.50. Publisher's info: How does a voluntary organisation know if it is meeting the concerns of all those it works with? And if it is, how does it make that clear to a wider audience? One solution is social auditing, which enables an organisation to identify the concerns of different stakeholders: clients and service users, staff and volunteers, donors and the general public. It can then measure its actions against these interests and expectations and publish the results. Backed by the evidence of case studies from a range of voluntary organisations, this report argues that social auditing is a key way forward for the sector.


UK Voluntary Sector Almanac 2004; NCVO, Feb 04. ISBN 0719916224, £25.00. Order from

The Voluntary Sector, Jeremy Kendall; Routledge Curzon, Oct 03. Subtitled Comparative perspectives in the UK, this is more research than a practical study, looking at the impact of the sector, how changing political conditions have contributed to its development, with a focus on 3 areas: social housing, environment, and care for older people. Buy from

The Voluntary Sector in the UK Jeremy Kendall, Martin Knapp; Manchester University Press, Sept. 1996. An account of the voluntary sector's development and current position in the UK.


From here to sustainability From Here to Sustainability Ian Christie, Diane Warburton, The Real World Coalition; Earthscan, Feb 01. Buy from For a large proportion of the electorate, national politics misses the real issues. As a result, membership of campaigning organizations has soared whilst party numbers have declined. This work distils the principles and priorities of many of the leading voluntary groups into a strong and coherent programme of political aims and actions.


A People's World: Alternatives to Economic Globalization John Madeley; Zed Books, Sept 03. Buy from Providing practical alternatives to economic globalization, this book is based on original interviews with prominent thinkers and campaigners from across the world.

Global Revolt: A Guide to the Movements Against Globalization Amory Starr; Zed Books, July 05. Buy from Provides "social activists with all they need to know about the key concepts and manifestos in the richly diverse popular mobilization that makes up the worldwide anti- globalization movement".

American titles of interest

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On Creativity, Innovation and Renewal: A Leader to Leader Guide by Frances Hesselbein (Editor), Rob Johnston (Editor), The Drucker Foundation; Jossey-Bass, Feb 02.

"How do you create an innovative environment? .... insight(s) on how to keep new ideas percolating throughout the organization. Is the tried-and-true recipe for your organization's success stifling innovation? Is it possible to forecast future trends? Do you wait for inspiration? Or can you create an environment that constantly stimulates innovation? Nigel Nicholson, chair of the organizational behavior faculty at London Business School, explodes the myth that anyone can be turned into a leader". [CharityChannel]

On Mission and Leadership: A Leader to Leader Guide Rob Johnston (Editor), Frances Hesselbein (Editor), The Drucker Foundation; Jossey-Bass, Feb 02.

Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices by Peter Ferdinand Drucker, Max De Pree (Contributor), Robert Buford (Contributor); Harperbusiness, 1992.

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