Gary NelsonA Presentation by Gary Nelson, DSW
UNC School of Social Work

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We are on the verge of a revolution, a democratic awakening and transformation of our state and social contract. The transformation will be on a scale not seen since the 1930s. The liberal welfare state is being disrupted and replaced by a social enterprise state. The challenge to the field of social work is not to defend what has been but to image what is coming. The challenge is met when we contribute our core values of social justice and fairness, embrace the spirit of innovation, and join with others including emergent for ‘benefit businesses’ to co-create and evolve our democratic state and social contract.

Dr. Gary Nelson is an Associate Director for the Jordan Institute for Families and the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy. His focus has been fostering system change through public engagement learning, evaluation and scholarship as it improves outcomes for families and communities. An area of current interest and work is the rise of social entrepreneurship and innovation and its implications for the human services and the welfare state.