At one time more than one in three Australians did volunteer work. Only one in five are now doing so, but there are some positive signs as volunteering organisations adapt to changing times.
During California's deadliest wildfire season, 2,000 prison inmates fought the flames on USD$1 a day.
The ONS says less Brits are volunteering - but the truth is they're doing it in different ways.
It's time to recognise the difference between 'deep' and 'shallow' volunteering.
Economics struggles to explain the explosion of gift models at the heart of our online economy.
Tourists seeking to make voluntary work part of their holidays have helped build a sizeable industry which is now open to sharp criticism.