From Taker to Giver: A social value perspective on learning processes in voluntary organizations

Christine Revsbech Jensen*, Gitte Miller Balslev, Bjørn Ribers, Alan Daly

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This article takes its point of departure in the critical point that that ‘learning’ is often seen as a diluted term – not least in the third sector, where social value generation on the one hand and organizational branding, social business sustainability, and legitimization on the other takes up a great deal of attention. This slide calls for nuancing of what learning processes look like in practice, and the article demonstrates this through empirical examples from a youth driven voluntary organization. The authors account for a nuanced understanding of learning processes through the lens social value and learning theory and concludes that informality of learning processes makes personal development potentially more motivational to the young volunteer when given the chance of moving from a ‘taker’ to a ‘giver’.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
StatusUnder udarbejdelse - 2021


  • Learning theory
  • Economic anthropology
  • Social exchange
  • Voluntary sector
  • Role modeling
  • Personal development
  • Informal learning
  • Entrepreneurial behavior
  • Peer to peer