What will you bring on your 2022 journey?

Somehow, we have made it through a year that seemed to be simultaneously endless and rocketing past. The roadmap of 2021 has been a path of progress toward important changes in our communities and in our sector. 

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What will you bring on your 2022 journey?

How is it already the end of December? Somehow, we have made it through a year that seemed to be simultaneously endless and rocketing past. The roadmap of 2021 has been a path of progress toward important changes in our communities and in our sector. 

For companies, the 2020 commitments to improve racial equity and diversity are OUT as they became new initiatives for hiring and promoting workers in 2021.  Go-to-the-workplace-every day is OUT as we ushered in a seismic shift toward hybrid work environments that embrace both virtual and in-person experiences, a significant shift for those working to build employee volunteering and engagement programs. A labor shortage will continue to be IN for 2021 including its pressure on wages and working conditions to attract and retain workers. This battle issues IN the newly empowered worker voice advocating for additional policy and work-life balance changes. And while we all wished and hope that it was OUT, the prolonged presence of COVID in our lives continues to be IN, along with a new requirement for flexibility and creativity in how we work and gather together. Flexibility is IN for those in the citizenship sector. 2021 helped us to elevate an option-rich environment for a civically engaged life for employees and brands.  

Building a new understanding of the many ways people connect to support and serve their communities, both online and in-person, is represented in Points of Light’s Civic Circle. It offers fresh opportunities to strengthen and connect the impact of investments of time, talent and financial support.

What new behaviors and initiatives will make your IN list for 2022?  What will you let go on your OUT list to create the light and space for change?     

Our thoughts on Ins and Outs: 

In 

Out 

ESG 
Philanthropy disconnected from authentic business values 
Employee voice 
Volunteering without choice 
Community requested corporate engagement 
Corporate need-based volunteering 
Civic Circle engagement framework 
Not counting engagement beyond the 501 c3 
Equity at the center 
Institutionalized exclusion  
Listen & Learning at the start 
Deficit-based mindset 
Paid time off to vote 
No time to vote during the workday 
Nudging 
Pleading 
Storytelling 
Restrictions on employee social media use 
Earned employee loyalty 
Assuming paychecks buy loyalty 
Hybrid volunteering 
Big Zoom events 
COVID safe in-person gatherings 
Fears of asking vaccine status or requesting guests take a test before gathering 
Trust-based philanthropy 
20 paged grant proposals and reporting requirements 
Supplier diversity, using corporate purchase power for good 
Purchasing without alignment to values 
Culture starts with you 
Culture as an after thought 
No normal 
New normal 

Jennifer Lawson

Chief Civic Innovation Officer, Points of Light

Helping companies to connect to communities for positive impact since 1987. My energy comes from walking in the woods, live theater, music and coffee.
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