The Need in Social Work Community Organizing: Responding to Oligarchy with Access & Math

#SWNext #SocialWorkNext #Oligarchy   The Nobel prize for Economics was announced Monday. It went to Angus Deaton for work highlighting the mechanisms that perpetuate the wealth gap between the rich and the poor. It reminded me of one of the most troubling moments ever as a social worker. I cringe when I hear another social worker state that they don't like Math, or w...
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The Empathy Solution for Racism, Sexism, Homophobia & The Co-opting of Fear

#SWNext #SocialWorkNext #JusticeOrElse #Empathy The Co-Opting of Fear Which is more powerful, hatred or fear? Hatred can motivate many intentional destruction of things that are disliked. But, fear creates more things to rail against from imagined visions of even unreasonable things that may be. Supremacy groups have long used fear as a way to recruit new members. This was ...
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The Need for Empathy: Including White Nationalists in the Solution to Racial, Sexual, and Homophobic Strife

#SWNext #JusticeOrElse #Empathy As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, many are asking the question, "How do you protest?" It's a call to wake up and remain aware of the challenges facing our nation and our world. It is a call to resist the distraction and sensationalism, to look deeper and discern the hidden/disguised motives and the core truths. It ...
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The Price of Progress: A Bold CEO, Wage Debate, and Social Work Next

CEO of Gravity Payments, Dan Price, announced that he would create a minimum wage floor for his employees at $70,000 per year. The plan is being phased in over 3 years. The response has been mixed from predictably polarized sources. As always, my question is how would the Social Work Next social worker utilizing analytic hierarchy see the situation? In short, such a social work...
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