The Disappearing Calendar: #StephenCast Friday for 9/21/18.

StephenCast 2.0 (2)For this Friday, I’m expanding on the calendaring discussion from last week, and zoning in one of the biggest problems with modern calendars. As someone who went from a static paper calendar to my Palm Tungsten in the early 2000s, to my smartphone with an integrated work calendar, I welcome how I can share my schedule. The downside, though, isn’t just a minor inconvenience. It’s a problem. However, rather than ranting about what doesn’t work about this, I just need to address what’s troubling me about this and address it.

Listen to the podcast here:  https://spcummings.podbean.com/

Technology nostalgia: I mentioned the Tungsten E planning device. I really, really liked it! I didn’t have a wifi-enabled version, but I did sync the device regularly to my work computer. I recall having to beg permission to get the application that allowed me to manually sync my Palm device to my computer via a proprietary cable.

I also look back fondly to my Blackberry Bold, which I carried in 2010. (I posted a response to a question posted on Twitter by Dr. Echo Rivera:

 

#MacroSW for 9/20/2018: Social work in these trying times.

Tonight on Twitter, #MacroSW will discuss social work in these trying times.

Chat image 2018 Sept 20

As social workers, we know all too well the demands of our daily work.  We also know the importance of keeping ourselves informed of our world, from the local community to national and global events and conflicts. Factor in the rapid flow of information, where the news cycle is compressed ever more tightly, and we find ourselves working with multiple levels constantly, from micro-systems to macro-level policy.

In these trying times, it feels as if we need to be engaged multiple times a day at all levels.  For example, a social worker may be addressing multiple emergent needs at an agency (putting out fires) while providing expert testimony to a state legislator, while following the latest federal policy initiative announced this morning (one that could have a detrimental effect in the long-term if a campaign to respond isn’t started right away).

#Selfcare is important. Perhaps the framing here is different…

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#MacroSW Chat for 9/13/18: Social Work and Building Tech Futures for Black Students, with Guest Expert @SistahWilson

I’ll be facilitating this week’s #MacroSW chat on Thursday.

Social work and building

This week’s chat will feature Fallon Wilson, Ph.D. To prepare, please read the article below and consider these discussion questions:

  1. What are your dreams for black students in social work?
  2. Do you think social work and technology can help solve the STEM racial disparities for black students?
  3. Should we build tech pathways for black students through the profession of social work?
  4. Are schools of social work training students to understand how technology is shaping social inequalities (e.g. Racism, Poverty, etc)?
  5. What must change within the discipline and profession of Social Work to make this a reality for all students including black students?
  6. Should we teach courses about govtech and civic tech in social work schools?

The following article originally appeared on Medium.

On Changing Winds: Social Work & Building Tech Futures for Black Students

Fallon Wilson, Ph.D.

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the…

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It’s Friday StephenCast time: “Put it on the schedule.”

StephenCast 2.0 (2)My short podcast experiment continues. This week, I challenge myself  (and any audience members I may have ) to put your self-care plans on your schedule.

Listen here: https://spcummings.podbean.com/

The StephenCast is a way for me to share thoughts on the work of clinical faculty in a social work profession. My premise is simple: SWrs are bulit to give a lot of themselves, in a helping profession based on others. How do we take care of ourselves?

This week’s Moment of Tweet

This week’s podcast shout-outs

If you are a social worker and haven’t encountered Jonathan Singer’s podcast, it’s time to check it out.

My friend and #SWVirtualPal J started a new podcast devoted to the traveling social worker.

Navigating Systems: Homelessness 9/6/18

The first #MacroSW chat is this Thursday.

Sept 6 MacroSW Promo

For the September 6th Twitter chat, we will be talking about homelessness.

Homelessness has existed in societies in the U.S. and abroad for centuries. In the U.S., however, the size and scope of homelessness over the last 30-40 years is unprecedented. On a single night in January of 2017, more than 500,000 people were experiencing homelessness. In fact, in 2017, homelessness increased for the first time in seven years, driven primarily by increases in large city centers.

Following are some key statistics about homelessness in the U.S. according to the 2017 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress:

  • Most people (65%) were staying in a shelter or transitional living setting while the rest were living unsheltered, such as sleeping on streets, in parks, and in cars.
  • One-third (33%) of people experiencing homelessness did so as part of a family, and roughly one-fifth (21%) of people experiencing homelessness were children under the…

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How do you get skilled at making a podcast? Make a second one.

I’ve been working with the #MacroSW Collaboration on a new podcast, focusing on macro social work. It’s been a goal of mine to launch this project, and I’m excited to see it finally taking shape.

There’s one detail I discovered throughout this process: almost 10 years ago, I dabbled with podcasting. I was learning about HTML coding through a personal blog. My 30 gig Apple iPod went everywhere with me, and content through iTunes included free (!) material. I was downloading whatever looked interesting: news programs, entertainment programs. A lot of stuff was paired down episodes from traditional terrestrial broadcasts, though the most interesting stuff was original material developed specifically for the platform. I was very much into the show “Lost”, and the producers of that show posted a podcast about their work routinely. I was all in on “Lost” so I couldn’t get enough of any details about upcoming episodes.

Once I learned you could create and post your own stuff, I figured I’d see how it all worked. I found the Podbean desktop web-based app, bought a cheap microphone from Radio Shack, and cut a couple of episodes. I was most proud that I’d locked in the name “StephenCast”. After a couple of posts, I got bored, I guess. I didn’t see the need to ramble on about random life experiences. I assumed Podbean would close at some point and that Apple would delete whatever I submitted.

I was wrong. As I loaded the new MacroSW podcast into the Apple Podcast Connect dashboard, I discovered my first foray into podcasting still very much existed. Of course, nobody was listening, but in fairness to the public, this was truly a podcast about nothing, and I’d abandoned it.

Except now I’ve decided to use all that old infrastructure to resurrect the feed. Podbean is still here, with a handy mobile app. I updated the attached image and recorded the first StephenCast in a decade.

Why bother? For me, this is probably the easiest way to see how I can improve the official podcast I’m working on over at MacroSW.com. I hope to learn how to make something sound good using existing, everyday technology. I could see adapting a project like this into a class, for example.

For now, enjoy…or completely skip…this side project.

(WordPress has a handy plug-in, but it requires an upgrade. Maybe someday.)