12 March 2024

Connecting Emerging Sustainability Leaders to Nature Experiences

By Coralys Negretti, Director of Communications, Earthwatch | 12 March 2024 This year Emerging World turns 20! We’re celebrating all the ways our immersive experiences have had an impact on the participants, partner organisations and clients we’ve supported over the last 20 years. How can […]

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31 August 2023

Bring the Board on Board: The Power of Senior Leader Champions in Skills-Based Volunteering Programmes

By Amanda Bowman   |   31 August 2023 Welcome back to our series of posts that look in more detail at the five themes that drive impact in Corporate Skills-Based Volunteering. The learning has come from Emerging World’s experience and from our recent research […]

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24 August 2023

Optimise the Learning Opportunity in Skills-Based Volunteering

By Amanda Bowman   |   24 August 2023 Welcome back to Part 4 of our exploration of the five themes that drive Corporate Skills-Based Volunteering. We’ve already explored the importance of identifying the right partners and scoping the most effective projects, the need to […]

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17 August 2023

Making It Human: Putting the Heart into Corporate Skills-Based Volunteering Programmes

By Amanda Bowman   |   17 August 2023 We’re now at Week 3 in our series looking at the five themes that drive impact in Corporate Skills-Based Volunteering. Last week we reflected on how Corporate Volunteering Programme Managers could focus support in order to […]

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09 August 2023

Unleashing Impact: Focused Support in Corporate Volunteering Programmes

By Amanda Bowman   |   9 August 2023 Last week we shared the first of five posts exploring the insights of how to maximise the impact of virtual and hybrid skills-based volunteering programmes based on our recently launched Best of Both Worlds report. Building […]

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03 August 2023

Maximising Impact in Skills-Based Corporate Volunteering: The Power of the Right Partner and Appropriate Skills Match

By Amanda Bowman   |   3 August 2023 The recent launch of our Best of Both Worlds Report showed how Programme Managers can maximise the impact of virtual and hybrid skills-based volunteering programmes. It describes Ten Impact Drivers that you can focus on to […]

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24 May 2023

Empowering Changemakers for a Sustainable Future

Earthwatch is a nonprofit organization that believes in the power of individuals to make a difference in the world. Earthwatch is dedicated to addressing critical environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and habitat degradation. This is achieved through an innovative participatory science model […]

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18 January 2023

Never mind the resolutions; here are some ideas on how to make your international corporate volunteering programme 2023-ready

By Amanda Bowman  |  19 January 2023 Whether or not you’re the kind of person that makes (or breaks) resolutions each January (or even avoids them completely), a new year does provide the opportunity to set some priorities for things to start, stop and do […]

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07 September 2022

Corporate Volunteering and Employee Activism

There’s been some huge changes in workplaces around the globe over the last couple of years. The way people work and interact with colleagues and leaders would be almost unrecognisable to previous generations of employees. Today employees are speaking out on political and social issues […]

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06 September 2022

The Best of Both Worlds

Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed a massive growth in companies taking their Corporate International Service Learning (CISL) virtual. This has undoubtedly expanded the potential for International Corporate Volunteering programmes, but what should companies be thinking about now to make the most of these […]

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06 June 2022

Now! for Corporate Volunteering…

I’ve been reflecting on my many recent conversations with people responsible for international corporate volunteering programmes. They’re all excited about the fact that their people are returning to in-person corporate volunteer assignments. They’re also mindful of their experiences over the last couple of not-so-normal years […]

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06 April 2022

CISL in Action

What does a CISL programme look like? In our recent CISL Builds Resilience Blog series, we’ve shared a lot of data about the impact of Corporate International Service Learning (CISL) experiences. This data is valuable and provides important insights, but amidst all the numbers it’s […]

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29 March 2022

Adapting CISL to the Current Context

In 2021, we conducted the Emerging World Corporate International Service Learning (CISL) Resilience Study. The Study has provided brilliant data that helps us further understand how the design of immersive learning experiences can impact participant outcomes. Through the Study, one of the areas that we […]

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14 April 2021

Team Development for the Virtual Era

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a catalyst in the move towards organisations embracing virtual working. Industry announcements, like the one from BP who told 25,000 office-based staff that they will be expected to work from home for two days a week as part of a […]

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22 March 2021

Improving Employability Programmes in Africa

Emerging World’s Impact Assessment work helps Microsoft improve its employability programmes in Africa A well designed and implemented impact assessment shows how programmes impact stakeholders. In the world we work in, these might include programme participants and the organisation they work for. It might also […]

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16 February 2021

And this is just the Taster…

In 2020 we hosted the first INmersive Experience Taster session – A half day event that enabled people with an interest in our work to come together and experience how a virtual Immersion programme feels. Six participants from a range of corporations came together virtually […]

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27 January 2021

Team INmersion – Our Experience of Team Development

Introduction As a team, we always benefit from opportunities that help us spend quality time together working on things that nourish us from a human perspective. Opportunities for shared learning, personal development and perspective sharing really feed who we are and help us understand ourselves […]

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14 December 2020

Navigating in Turbulent Times – Our Virtual INmersion Experience

While it is a challenging time, the disruption from the current pandemic also provides an unprecedented opportunity for positive transformation and growth – a chance to shape a better future for ourselves, our organisations and the world in which we live. It’s with this context […]

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24 November 2020

Immersive Experiences Build Resilience

2020 has been a challenging year that has tested people’s resilience. We know that Corporate International Service Learning (CISL) programmes shift behaviour because they stretch and challenge participants, but we wanted to further understand how these types of programmes help to build the resilience required […]

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18 November 2020

Learning from Immersion to develop INmersion

As with most organisations, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on how we do business. One of the biggest impacts for our work concerns international travel, which is a significant element of many of the Immersive Learning Experiences that we provide. Experiencing a change […]

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26 October 2020

From Global to Local – what Corporate Volunteering can Learn from Mutual Aid Groups?

This time last year, when Emerging World launched the 2019 Corporate International Service Learning Impact Benchmark, I reflected on the growing number of multinational companies that now have international corporate volunteering programmes that leverage their employees’ skills to benefit communities around the world. These CISL programs, […]

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10 February 2020

The Credit Suisse Global Citizens Program – changing lives forever

In a series of articles, our Corporate Volunteering Lead, Amanda Bowman discusses with organisations what makes their corporate volunteer programmes successful and looks at how their programmes hold up to Emerging World’s new Standard for Corporate Volunteering for the 2020s. The Standard includes a set […]

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14 January 2020

Taking the PULSE of GSK’s flagship international corporate volunteering

In a series of articles over the coming months, our Corporate Volunteering Lead, Amanda Bowman discusses with organisations what makes their corporate volunteer programmes successful and looks at how their programmes hold up to the Emerging World’s new standard for Corporate Volunteering for the 2020s. […]

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19 November 2019

CISL drives employee engagement

Engagement is defined as an employee’s positive or negative emotional attachment to a job, to colleagues and to an organisation. Being fully engaged at work profoundly influences an employee’s willingness to learn and perform – and has real impact on a company’s bottom line. So, […]

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13 November 2019

Measuring the deep impact of Immersive Learning

Measuring the impact of learning experiences can be a challenge! When employees attend learning interventions, it’s generally expected that they will improve their job performance somehow and that this increase will ultimately have an impact on business performance. However, getting reliable data post learning intervention […]

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30 October 2019

3 reasons why your organisation should consider Immersive Experiences

Increasingly we are seeing leading global organisations, including BD, Credit Suisse, GSK, Microsoft, Mars and Salesforce, use Immersive Experiences to develop their leaders and employees. Immersive Experience approaches, such as Corporate International Service Learning (CISL), are not new but they are turning more and more […]

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14 October 2019

Corporate Volunteering for the 2020’s

PRESS reset for a corporate volunteering programme fit for today’s and tomorrow’s employees’ and society’s expectation By Amanda Bowman, Corporate Volunteering Lead at Emerging World. How annoying is it when your computer becomes sluggish and programs aren’t working as smoothly as they did a while […]

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08 May 2019

Scaling Corporate Volunteering in a fast-moving World

Corporate Volunteering programmes (CV) have become an important part of any progressive company’s corporate citizenship/CSR approach. As companies become more global, they often seek ways for their corporate volunteering efforts to match their international presence and interests in society. Even when volunteering programmes become part […]

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