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Nine Books about Service: A journey while sheltering in place

Over the past few weeks of sheltering in place, I’ve set about reading the dusty shelves of books I’ve accumulated and left untouched. I now have two piles: one for … Continue reading

December 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mmm, that’s good camel: on the pursuit of happiness

I’m obsessed with stories about much older people. I want to empathize with the thoughts and concerns of old age, because there are important clues there. Clues about what really … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Meaningfulness Project: A personalized curriculum for a meaningful life

The Short Version: The Meaningfulness Project is a writing series (in progress) about how I’m learning to live a meaningful life.  I think a “meaningful life” comes from long-term commitment to … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 · 5 Comments

Human Development and Capability Association, 2012 Annual Conference in Jakarta

I end my long hiatus with the following brief description of this year’s HDCA conference. Development studies have come a long way since the decades of overt paternalism and condescension … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Interdisciplinarity and the search for collective self-actualization

The first chapter of Hartley Dean’s Social Policy emphasizes the high potential for interdisciplinary frameworks in the field.  Dean states, “[Social policy] brings in ideas and analytical methods from sociology, … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Necessary Knowledge, Part 2

[The following is a synthesis of ideas from Spicker’s Social Policy: Themes and Approaches (2008) and Titmuss’ Commitment to Welfare (1968)] The multidisciplinary, problem-oriented study of social policy is a … Continue reading

April 24, 2012 · Leave a comment