This week’s #MacroSW chat (9/14/17): The Role of Social Media in Campaigns

By Rachel L. West Barrack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was a game changer. It was the first time a political campaign had effectively leveraged social media. The September 14th chat will examine the role social media plays in political campaigns and how public officials use it to communicate with constituents. It will cover the platforms […]

via The Role of Social Media in Campaigns #MacroSW 9/14/17 9 PM EST — #MacroSW

Get ready…the #MacroSW chat returns this week!

We’re back….well, almost. For our first September 2017 Twitter Chat, we will be talking about how to be Media Savvy Social Workers. There are many areas that the Social Work Grand Challenges address. We have countless social workers in the field who know so much about each of those topics. This chat will address how […]

via The Public is Client: Sharing Our Social Work Expertise – 9/7 at 9pm EST #MacroSW — #MacroSW

It’s 2017, and we are still fighting Nazis. Here’s what we can do. Today: Stand in solidarity with #Charlottesville anti-Nazi protesters.

Photo (c) 2017 Stephen Cummings.


If you are a person of decency, you aren't a Nazi. And you're definitely upset that, in 2017, good people are still dying because Nazis still exist. White supremacists are still organizing. 

There's a lot of work to do. If you are a social worker, staying neutral on the subject of institutional racism is not an option. It's part of who we are.

Today, it's August 13, 2017, and we've witnessed a horrifying event in Charlottesville. It's disgusting and completely predictable. Let's first stand up and show we are part of the solution.

Rachel West, a partner in #MacroSW, has created a crowdsource document that helps locate events where we can demonstrate our solidarity with those who are standing up for basic human decency. (You know, anti-white supremacists. Anti-white nationalists. Nazis.)

Here's the document:

This week’s #MacroSW chat: Sumer Self-Care – 7/27, 9 p.m. ET/8 CT

Once again, we reach that time of year when #MacroSW will go on vacation for the month of August. Come prepared to share your favorite summer self-care, including books you have tucked away in your beach bag or on your tablet, favorite summer recipes or treats, music or video playlists, and travel or staycation plans. […]

via Open Mic/Summer Self-Care Chat: #MacroSW 7/27 at 9pm EST —

I’m looking forward to this chat, possibly because it reminds me I’ll be taking a few days off at the beginning of August.

#MacroSW chat 7/13/17: Social Work in a Post-Election Nation

This week’s MacroSW blog:

“The 2016 presidential election left many social workers wondering about the future of the profession and what Donald Trump’s victory would mean for social workers and the populations they serve. Now, more than eight months later, we’d like to hear about what you’ve been doing since the election.

Join us on Thursday, July 13, at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for the #MacroSW chat co-hosted with Social Work Today (@SocialWorkToday). We’ll explore social work in a post-election nation, share ideas about how to get/stay involved in advocacy and discuss ways social workers can help heal the deep divisions exposed by the election.”

Head over to the MacroSW blog for all the information, as well as how to join the Twitter chat.


MacroSW chat this week 4/20: Media Night!

#MacroSW is a great way for social work professionals to engage on a range of issues. The platform for discussion is Twitter. In my opinion, this is one of the best uses of the Twitter platform.

This Thursday evening, I’ll be hosting the chat. Follow this link to learn about the chat, and how you can participate:

Media Night – Bullied: The Jamie Nabozny Story #MacroSW Chat 4/20 at 9pm EST

#SWDE2017 Day 2: The FOMO is real.

FOMO stands for Fear Of Missing Out,  and I’m comfortable admitting that I felt this yesterday. Or, at least, a scaled-down version of it.

FOMO’s intended meaning describes the fear you experience when you think your peers are doing something more interesting than you, which forces you to check your social media constantly to see if you’re being left behind. Scale this to conference attendance: I go over the list of presentations each hour, a select the ones most appropriate for my professional development, and I go to those sessions.  But wait! This is a social work conference, and everyone’s presentations have some meaning to me. I consider myself a generalist; I look at the batch of choices for each other and, well, I do a lot of second- and third-guessing, because it all seems to connect.

Let me use this brief recap to capture what I’m talking out: Yesterday, I learned about how to use GIS mapping to get a better idea of what field placements may work better based on students wants and needs. In another session, I learned how WordPress (the platform I use for this blog) can be woven into a course on macro practice, so that students can engage with an area of interest and actually connect with their community. An MSW student presented on incorporating the use of filmed media (movies) and applying character narratives to key theories in a course on Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Here’s where the FOMO kicks in: social workers in distance education have a tendency to embrace technology, particularly social media. If you’ve been attending this conference, you’ve seen some participants tapping away on their mobile device. This is likely because they are hash-tagging out key points during presentations using #SWDE2017. It’s a wonderful way to get further insight into what’s going on (check out the Storify link and the end of this post. The downside? For me, it’s not that I want to hop rooms to go to the session I clearly should have attended. Instead, I’d like the opportunity to experience both presentations in full.

Here’s a sample of tweets I saw while I was in other, equally engaging sessions.

The bottom line is, no: I can’t attend it all. What I can do (and hey, this is a conference, and for this moment in time, we’re IRL) is seek, reach out, connect, network with these academics, practitioners, and thought leaders. Social media does bring people into that community that keeps people connected.

Hat tip to @StuckonSW! Check out Sean Erreger’s #storify of Day 2 of the #SWDE Conference here

New home.

Or perhaps not. I am still experimenting with this. I’ve been devoted to using Evernote to blog using That’s a simple setup and process. Many colleagues use WordPress, however, and I understand why; it’s really simple and robust at the same time.

By the end of this week, I’ll commit one way or the other.