For the majority of its life, Dungeons & Dragons has attracted fear, ridicule and threats of censorship from those who don’t play or understand the game. It is surrounded by a storm of negative connotations and emotions. David M. Ewalt, the author of “Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It,” writes, “If you’re an adult who plays … you’re a loser, you’re a freak, you live in your parents’ basement.”
Rarely does this blog get on “a roll” or a “mission”. However, if you read last week’s blog you are aware of the critical shortage of teachers our nation is facing and why the educational establishment does not seem to have a solution. I have come across additional disturbing information regarding the teacher shortage that I feel compelled to share with my colleagues working in social services.
Much of the current political debate centers around:
- The loss of jobs and opportunities for the middle class-
- Whether college should be free for all Americans-
- How the Millennials can be expected to pay back the $ 1.3 trillion of college debt they have accumulated when they are left to default to jobs in McDonald’s-
- The job flight to third world countries causing the plight of our rust belt industrial inner cities-
- The cycle of crime and destitution that imprisons undereducated minorities-
So here you are. You're ready to embark on a new software implementation and you're looking at the steps to take to make the best and smartest use of your time.
OJJDP recently introduced a Data Snapshot series on its Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) to disseminate current research and statistical information about youth in the juvenile justice system. Each one-page Snapshot focuses on a specific topic and highlights policy-relevant findings. The latest Data Snapshot focuses on the changing nature of facility populations, characteristics, and practices from data that OJJDP's Juvenile Residential Facility Census collected in 2014.
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Global Vision Technologies has been leading the industry in providing solutions in the form of crisp, powerful and intuitive custom and off-the-shelf software for agencies in the human services, healthcare and social services sectors. Throughout it all, they never forget about the vision, humility and devotion that courses through the veins of those people who are at the forefront of change in the lives of society's most vulnerable children and their families.
GVT is an I.T. consulting company that leverages its proprietary human services software platform FAMCare - to help agencies get better results. We specialize in delivering tailored case management solutions - rapidly and efficiently. Our team is comprised of subject matter experts from social services, project management, and I.T. and our core team has been together for 15+ years. Over the years - we've gone through a few iterations of our software, process and people, but have managed to remain a streamlined, productive and effective company - with less head count than one would think. You could say - we're a small fish in a big pond.
You’ve made it or are on the way. You have that promotion to a supervisor/manager or maybe you’ve earned an executive position. With your new position you have that corner larger cubicle or private office. Is that a good work environment for you? Be careful! You need to carve out time to spend in the “arena”.
As you watch the Olympics in Rio this week take notice of a small group of athletes who are competing without a country. They are the Olympic Refugee Team. “These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said when he announced the selected athletes last month.
All organizations, whether they are for profit or nonprofit, have traditionally evolved from the creative energy of their founders organizing stakeholders behind a common purpose. The founders function as the decision makers because we believe that they know better how to achieve the common purpose over time. As an organization matures, the founders invite other stakeholders to become decision makers, and the rest of the organization follows their collective leadership. This human organizing principle is so much the norm that we consider it natural. It has always happened this way and it still does. Until it doesn’t anymore!
I had the privilege of making a trip to Italy a couple of years ago and the ancient feel of buildings and other structures was very much in full display. One would think it would be there only for historic exposure and aesthetic purposes but a tour of the Coliseum revealed something very different.