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Coaching and Social Action: Giving of Your Coaching Expertise to Create Positive Change

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Changing the world is a tall order, and it may sound like an idealistic dream – but what is wrong with some idealism? I believe we need the inhabitants of this planet to exhibit ideals and values and then to live in congruence with those ideals and values. Coaching can help make that a reality one individual and/or one community at a time.

This is especially true in the non-profit sector, where opportunities abound and tremendous change is happening. There are studies, research initiatives and coaching programs aimed at leaders of nonprofit and social profit organizations in the United States as well as NGOs around the world.

The increasing visibility of coaching in the nonprofit sector is creating much momentum for change. Check your local community listings and websites to see if there are efforts you can connect with where you live.

Coaching offers powerful tools to create change. We can take these tools into our communities, into our wider culture, and into the world.

Where to Start

Here is a guidemap to help you make the connection between coaching and social action:
• Familiarize yourself with the collection of unique nonprofit coaching initiatives including Coaching Global Village at www.CoachesCare.org – an idea created by a leading coaching business solution provider, Practice Pay Solutions, as a way to make more visible the work of these organizations and individuals involved in service work throughout the coaching world.
• Check out The Gift of Coaching, a new website and service funded by the Harnisch Foundation that seeks to find a way to link people who need coaching with qualified coaches who want to ‘gift’ the service in meaningful ways at www.thegiftofcoaching.org.
• Explore The Coach Initiative at www.coachinitiative.org, where professional coaches can volunteer their experience and expertise “in support of global projects that focus on the betterment of the human condition and uplifting the human spirit.”

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