If Steve Jobs Had Been a Social Worker

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Steve Jobs passion

I agree that social workers should put their skills more to solving daily challenges by applying entrepreneurial, principles. However, until social work graduates are made aware of their innovative ways in which they bring hope to individuals, groups and communities they will continue thinking that their job is to hand out clothing, counseling and feeling sorry for clients. I therefore remain a strong advocate for entrepreneurial related courses for social work students, so that they get out of this welfare type of mentality. Teach me how to fish don't do the fishing for me because eventually you will move on.

Jo-Nash more than 7 years ago


Jobs stole (as Apple continues to do) from the public via tax evasion. Why would any social worker see such individuals as valuable?

Gary Holden more than 8 years ago

Innovation and Enterprise Add Value

Gary, because your comment is quite brief, I can't sufficiently tell what motivated it or what response you hope to elicit. But, I will offer the following observations. First, your claim that Jobs (and Apple) have stolen from the public is overwrought. The U.S. tax code allows for companies and individuals to take advantage of many loopholes. In my view, blaming companies (or individuals) for taking advantage of such schemes misses the point. Who are the politicians that continue to authorize such practices? By the way, they can be found on both sides of the aisle. Social workers should focus on the root of the problem - tax reform - rather than getting caught up in anti-corporate rhetoric. The second point I would like to make is that my article focuses on the aspects of Steve Jobs that I feel are important to economic and social growth. There really should be no doubt that Jobs was one of the greatest innovators of our time. Admittedly, Apple does have faults and so did Jobs. There are some serious issues with Apple's supply chain processes, for example. Still, there are valuable lessons that can be learned from Jobs's approach to innovation and entrepreneurship. The days of social workers relying on the public sector for support and guidance are over. It is time to embrace a new paradigm, which, whether we like it or not, involves the marketplace, innovation, and competitive forces.

Andy Germak more than 8 years ago

Social Work and Steve Jobs

Great comment Andy. I am convinced that we have a lot to learn from the traditional business community...not all of it certainly but there are lots of things going on out there that we could learn from. What's disappointing to me is that social agencies seem unable to build employee motivation and engagement. This ought to come natural to us....we are in the people business after all. Instead we have left all the creativity and innovation to the for-profit folks.

Larry Wenger, MSW more than 8 years ago

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