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GP2 BP9: Strategic Planning

GP2 BP9: Strategic Planning

Citing Bryson (Chapter 1), what is strategic planning, what does it measure, and why is it necessary? Literally how do we strategically plan? Strategic planning is a means to making decisions on an agency or organization setting, considering what the agency/organization does and why. It is necessary because it helps establish the process to implement an agency’s mission, goals, and priorities. In short, strategical planning is done by clarifying the roles and purposes of entities within agencies and then doing…

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GP2 BP8: Leadership

GP2 BP8: Leadership

Referring to Brueggeman’s article, what are 3 ways that social workers build community in groups through their leadership? Please explain your answers and give 2 concrete examples of how you have seen these elements accomplished in your own group experiences. Three ways social workers build community in groups through their leadership: 1. Develop Consistency: A leader who is consistent in their actions demonstrates the leader’s beliefs, dedication, and priorities. Leaders who are predictable develop the trust of their members. Example:…

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GP BP7: Restructure the Future

GP BP7: Restructure the Future

As evidenced in the text, what are three ways that the leadership of Greenville-Spartanburg, SC “re-invent[ed] their future” through global partnership? Thinking of a community with which you are familiar (feel free to use OKC or Pittsburgh from the text), how did that community diversify and restructure their future? Give 2 concrete examples. Greenville-Spartanburg had the opportunity to create global partnerships with foreign companies. With the textile industry fading in the community, Greenville-Spartanburg remained appealing to foreign investors. Three ways…

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BP6: Growing New Leaders (& blog changes)

BP6: Growing New Leaders (& blog changes)

Using citations and key points from the Morse Chapter 7 (“Growing New Leaders”) text, explain 3 important elements of building a “leadership plaza.” In building a new model for leadership, Morse reports “for a community to achieve success, leadership must come from backyards and boardrooms (2014, p. 151). This means that communities must develop leadership from different perspectives and paths of life. With this perspective, a community will have a surplus of leaders ready to take up community issues. Traditionally,…

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GP BP5: Preserving the Past

GP BP5: Preserving the Past

Name a town from Morse Chapter 6 “Preserving the Past” and write about the problem faced by the town and two ways they successfully preserved their past. Cite aspects of importance from supportive text/articles. The city that stuck out to me was Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell was an industrial city but after WWII, the city greatly suffered when the demand shrunk and industries left the city. Morse described the city’s outlook as “hopeless” (2014, p. 129). However, in the 70’s, there…

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GP BP4: Types of Community Studies

GP BP4: Types of Community Studies

4 Types of Community Studies as listed from Harcastle (2004). Field Work Study: This is the kind of study uses informal interviews and observations from within the community being studied. This knowledge seeks to be holistic and find deeper meaning about a culture. Examples of feild work study include ethnography, which requires a researcher immerse themselves in a community. Community Power Structure Study: This type of study investigates the dynamics of power within a community by looking at its members….

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NASW Legislative Day

NASW Legislative Day

I went to the Oklahoma State Capitol today as part of NASW’s Legislative Day. It was my first (real) time at the Capitol and my first time meeting real legislators. I learned many new things but five of them are: Legislators aren’t experts in every field of policy they may vote on or even draft. As a social worker and constituent, I can help provide the extra evidence for my policy makers. Legislators are just people. They have their day…

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GP BP2: Post-Katrina New Orleans

GP BP2: Post-Katrina New Orleans

Post-Katrina New Orleans was challenged during rebuilding. Cortez (2006) reported the challenge in New Orleans centered on the fusion between expert knowledge, local knowledge, and on-going accountability during the creation of a comprehensive plan to rebuild the city. There were multiple plans created and much controversy over how to approach the poorer areas of the city, which prevented development. Alternatively, Cortez writes about the evacuees of New Orleans who relocated in Houston, TX. Although prospects looked grim, the The Metropolitan…

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GP BP1: Community Nexuses

GP BP1: Community Nexuses

“Community evolves around three nexuses: the community of relationship, community of interests, and community of place” (Morse, 2014, p. 5). I interpret this statement to mean that relationships, interests, and places are the key intersections that communities are built from. First, community of relationships means that groups are built from interpersonal relationships between individuals, such as familial bonds or bonds of friendship. Second, community of interests refers to groups that are created from the sharing of similar values and ideas….

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Official Practice Post

Official Practice Post

Three things that I will commit to in this course that will enhance my understanding of the material: Be mindful of my schedule and section my readings appropriately to absorb and understand the material. Give myself the appropriate time to research and write lengthy assignments. Be mindful of my use of technology in class and be respectful of those talking. Let’s have a good semester!

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