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Social media and the digital revolution have fundamentally changed the meaning of “social” and “work.” Social work, like all other professions, will undergo dramatic changes as apps and algorithms overtake human operations. The failure of social sciences in general and social work in particular warrants thoughtful innovations that ensure sustainable services.

Plateaus and Platitudes of Practice
Plateaus and platitudes of practice

‘He is a prodigy’, he said at last, ‘he is an emissary of pity, and science, and progress, and devil knows what else. We want’, he began to declaim suddenly, ‘for the guidance of the cause entrusted to us by Europe, so to speak, higher intelligence, wide sympathies, a singleness of purpose’.

—Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1995: 53).

Plateaus and platitudes of practice (PPP) represent the ambiguities of hope amidst unfathomable human miseries. The banality of suffering and sickness has evoked strong feelings in the hearts of people. Siddhartha became the Buddha. I became a lecturer in SW (1964). The emergence of altruistic responses, individual and institutional, represents a benign trajectory of helping others. The others ...

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