Modern Trends

Introduction to Complex Socialwork

Phase 1

Within the organization and delivery of social care services, community service boards, and social work agencies, management and leadership are becoming increasingly important. However, their foundational frameworks often go unchallenged. On the positive side, there are many themes and theoretical understandings which inform our current ideas. From these various perspectives we might derive new ideas that promote innovative approaches to management and leadership within social care organizations. We could use these fresh insights into management and leadership theories and their implications for social work practice because older ideas persist, including some that were developed for the management of the Prussian military.

Theory is important: you must understand the theory before you can employ it. The command and control managerialization (of the linear systems of the past) has become a central feature of many social work organizations of today and frequently achieves its goals at the expense of flexibility and responsiveness. 

“Social goals and targets do not need to be straitjacketed and can be achieved without the need for rigid authoritarian approaches. Good Management and leadership makes a real difference to the work done and quality of services. Good theory can help managers to do their job better”.

Three main trends are clearly discernible in approaches to management and leadership of human services organizations in both the public and non-governmental organizational sectors. The three main trends are: marketization, managerialization, and post-modernization.

Marketization is a trend in western democracies from the late 20th century, producing substantial public-sector reform, where governments sought to purchase services and utilities from a market-based provider rather than direct government provision.

This brought about a significant shift in relationship between agencies, including:

  • A greater role for the independent sector
  • A changing role for service users
  • With more involvement in planning, delivery and evaluation of services

What term was employed to refer to the service user also changed to reflect this: from clients, to service user, to consumer. This reinforces the consumer emphasis of ‘choice’ in a market and de-emphasizes general citizenship.

“The constant specter of restricted budgets, combined with the transformation of social work into a managerial role of correctly carrying out the bureaucratic procedures, has given rise to organizational environments where needs-led, client centered approach of professional social work (as envisioned in the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act) is at best a subsidiary to the core objective of minimizing cost, and at worst no more than a myth".

(Martin et al. 2004: 484)

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Leadership within Complexity

Social Work Management

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Developing a Dynamic Agency

Remember that it’s about:

  1. expanding the scope of your service organization
  2. establishing your legacy in social work leadership and management

By Developing a Dynamic Agency, you are:

  • Creating an Adaptive Organization
  • Building a Learning Community

We can go about Economic Development in a variety of ways including:

  • Business Startups
  • Social Architecture
  • Community Building
  • Community Services (including MH and substance use)
  • Building a Leadership Environment

Contextually:

  1. Influence and Thought Leadership
  2. Consulting
  3. Politics
  4. Grant Acquisition
  5. Delivery of Services

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Social Theory
&
Experiential Knowledge

What if you are only leveraging a fraction of the power and potential of your organization?

Effective adaptation and organizational learning are afforded by Complexity itself. Very rich opportunities to harness the dynamics of Complexity abound in these conditions:

  • situations of increased variety, with many participants
  • numerous interactions and expanded choice
  • frequent opportunities for experiential learning and trial-and-error experimentation
  • access to attempted imitation of each other and our successes ( and flops)

In such a context it really benefits us to maintain variety of choice and action in order to foster continuous learning and adaptation.

Experience the opportunities generated by learning and adaptation as we harness the exciting new frontiers of Complexity; designing new social systems and improving policy for existing social systems while developing the implications for your complex organization.

Harnessing Complexity

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Community Presence

Social Labs

Agency Branding

Complex Pluralistic Mimetics

Social Theory Reveals

Modern Socialwork is Complex & Emergent

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Quick Reference

What kinds of things are we looking at?

  • construction of frameworks for the systematic adaptation in particular arrangements and contexts
  • make clear the deep relationships among partners and holons in complex systems
  • examination of the continuous role of non-random interactivity in adaptation, informatics, population and replication of contributory sub-systems (it grows organically)
  • applicable suggestions, useful questions, and actionable solutions informed by complexity theory
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Alternatives

Many are choosing to Opt-Out; Going Off-Grid

As society becomes more complex, there are outliers who are captured by strange attractors outside the conventional system. Many are distrustful of ‘big brother’ and are reticent to engage in social welfare providers (even when assistance is available). In what ways can flexible and dynamic approaches benefit social stability by engaging these new alternative explorations and prepare mainstream populations for dramatic shifts in the coming future?

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Integral Approach

Rich & Multidisciplinary

Taking note of insights from network theory and social design into the activities of people in social, political, and economic systems we need awareness gleaned from  several integrated disciplines (such as economics, sociology, biology, quantum physics, psychology, comparative literature, history and political science, etc. to name just a few) because the entire panopolis of human experience is involved.

For example, from evolutionary biology, computer science, and social design we are interested in:

  • the dynamic processes involved in shaping evolutionary success (rather than merely observing and explaining); including the role of symbiotic cooperation
  • intelligent individuals with symbolic interaction, semiotic language systems and culture
  • various measures of the different means and representations of success (rather than just the ability to sire offspring)
  • systems composed of information, people and organizations, as well as their components, subsystems and structural assemblage.
  • systems with long, rich histories of success (as well as notable failures)
  • Learning organizations and systems where adaptation is framed in terms of people, their lives and efforts as well as what they value and believe.
  • situations where people and their organizational lives and identities can evolve over time as well as the context and environment that they frame their meaning within, and
  • situations where decentralization is both rewarding and problematic, especially with respect to their autonomy, institutional reflexivity, and personal agency, as well as collective integration.
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The 3 Key Processes of Complex Adaptive Systems

Interaction, Variation, & Selection

These are important concepts that are interlocking, generative, actionable, and productive in the Complex World beyond understandable comprehension. This very Complexity which makes the world so hard to understand also provides the affordances, resources and opportunities for success and improvement over time.

Continuous decrease in the costs of replication and recombination of information will lead to perpetual penetration of information technology into human life and social processes. Emphasis on the contextual forces determining behavioral patterns and modes of interaction will play an important role in the consequences of these factors.

This makes the framework of systemic diversity richer with more profound approaches toward complexity and how we should think about harnessing it.

Any emphasis on harnessing complexity is important as a contribution because it is agential rather than commanding; seeking to improve without imposing strict control.

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Chaos or Complexity

the Choice is Ours

Chaos

Chaos deals with turbulence that rapidly becomes disordered and unmanageable

Complexity

Complexity deals with Systems composed of many interacting agents

Harnessing Complex Adaptive Systems

Involves generating a set of Concepts, formulating Questions and Design Issues about how Social Theory and Systems Research can be made relevant to Social Architecture and Design Engineering, as well as what it offers to those who want to improve our world.

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Social Problems
in american society

We're All Human

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Emergence of a Better World Design

Quick Desk

$25/day

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Aesthetic Grotto

Privacy in a Nook by the Fountain

Let’s face it, Humans are creatures who appreciate beauty. Studies reveal that Aesthetic sensibilites lead to improved Mental Health.

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Private Clubs

Comfort and Security

Socialization is a prime factor in the good citizen’s health and wellbeing. Like-minded persons often congregate in private clubs because the networking benefits of homophily are more advanced. But why shouldn’t all citizens have access to such benefits from safe and comfortable avenues of socialization?

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Conference Room​

$40/hour

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Meeting Room

$50/hour

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How to Find Us

Address

New York, 1380 Avenue C, Bayonne, NJ 07002

Phone and Email

Phone: +1 (012) 345 67 89
Email: example@site.com

jwstaley

Social Architect

Experience

2005 - Present

10-01 Organization
CEO

The 10-01 Organization is a complex adaptive organization based on dynamic holarchy and emergent learning communities. It features Social Architecture (based on non-linear systems and social network theory), consulting, and services (including social, political, and environmental activism, events, and education). It also serves as home to several Indie publishing laboratories.

2013 - 2015

Courses

American Social Welfare System; Anthropology; Behavioral Management; Community and Urban Development; Composition and Rhetoric; Counseling Psychology; Creative Writing; Development of Sociological Theory; General Psychology; General Sociology; Group/Cross-Cultural Counseling; Inequality and Stratification; Phenomenology and Existentialism; Philosophy of Aesthetics; Philosophy of Art and Beauty; Political Sociology; Professional Social Work in Contemporary Society; Psychology of Personality; Race and Ethnic Relations; Research Methodology; Research Methods (Graduate); Social Change; Social Deviance; Social Problems in American Society; Social Psychology; Spatial Environmental Problems; Statistical Methods; Studies in Poetry

2010 - Present

Freelance

Social Architecture (Community Building); Social Theory: (Networks, Dynamic Fields, Ecological Complexity, Holarchy); Social Psyche: (Creativity, Extended Cognition, Philosophy; Process-Relational, Integral); Appreciative Inquiry. Practicum: Creative Specialties, INTP, New Modalities, Creative Intuition/Right Brain Specialties

About Me

Social Theory; Social Architecture; Creative Specialties: Author, Publisher, Composer/Producer, Website Design, Fine Art; Educator; Sociologist; Social Networks, Community Building.

Education

1980's

ASU: Social Theory

1985

Lenoir-Rhyne: Educational Research

1990's

Mecklenburg County Mental Health:
Behavioral Conditioning

1995

Academy of Performing Arts:
Instructor

2000

ElderCare/CompanionCare

2005

Design University: WebDesign

2010's

Field Investigation:
L.K. Walker Adjusters

Present

Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services

Skills

  • Excellent Social skills and an insightful and intuitive People person
  • Great Office and Clerical skills; including Office and Word Processing software; can Orchestrate and Delegate
  • Good Presentation skills; am comfortable presenting in front of small groups and in close proximity
  • Great Teaching skills and abilities (Talented); Gifted at Explaining
  • Excellent Listening and Counseling skills; Good Practical Sense and Clear-eyed Assessment; very Creative at finding Solutions; Excellent Coaching and Life-Coaching Abilities
  • Talented at Computer Graphics and Website Design (experience with relevant software); Artistic Eye for Arrangements and Composition
  • Talented Writer (Fiction or Non-Fiction; text, instruction, policy); Can verbalize and express well in written form
  • well-developed Documentation and Reporting skills
  • well-developed Research skills and abilities
  • a very able Learner; can learn new skills and abilities
  • Disciplined; can practice and learn to apply new skills well
WordPress 61%
Illustrator 71%
InDesign 50%
Html & CSS 85%

Contact

Tiffany C. Kidwell

(617) 962 8802
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Diane Geter

(513) 585 5951
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