Dr. Michael Wright

Dr. Michael Wright: Michael A. Wright, PhD, LAPSW is a Social Work Helper Contributor. He offers his expertise as an career coach, serial entrepreneur, and publisher through MAWMedia Group, LLC. Wright has maintained this macro practice consultancy since 1997. Wright lives in Reno, NV.

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    White Nationalism and The Co-Opting of Fear

    It used to be easy. The label of racist, sexist, or homophobic was a silencer on the weapon of the tongue. When a person stated views that were out of the politically correct spectrum, they paid a price professionally and publicly. However, with the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, there no longer […]

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    Co-opting Fear to Influence Policy Making and Political Discourse

    The challenge in American race relations is both historically complex and steeped in a flawed rhetoric. However, there is also another element–a segment of the population called White Nationalists asserting they are the victims of reverse discrimination and racism. Many Americans may share or empathize with their concerns for the “real America” and the intentions […]

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    Modernizing for the Future

    Obviously, if you do not have a website at this point in your organization’s history, we should talk about that first. More often, I encounter organizational clients who are not sure how to best utilize the resources they have which especially when it comes to their website and how to increase their visibility on the […]

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    Hillary Clinton Can Do Better on Race

    Hillary Clinton is currently using a rhetorical device otherwise known as an attempt to be “honest”, and it’s a call for us to be reflective about our own indifference to the racial divide. The problem is, former Secretary of State Clinton reinforces an irrational fear, masked in a logical fallacy, to justify an unsustainable ego […]

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    Social Work by the Numbers

    While leading a Social Work Practice class, I asked the students to name the 3 levels of analysis used to organize systems. I thought I was providing a great clue by stating the word “systems” and dropping the number 3. After students sat with puzzled looks for 20 seconds, I realized that my perceived hints […]

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    Anomaly: Why Lecrae Inspires Me and Should Inspire You

    Recently, Christian Rap artist, Lecrae, reached the top of the Billboard 200 in the first week of his album release. Anomaly is the seventh contribution to conscious hip-hop from a rather prolific artist. The inspiration is that Lecrae achieved with commitment, a gift, and some savvy marketing. He achieved something I know is possible, yet […]

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    Does Helping People Mean Earning No to Low Wages

    It happened in class again this week. “You seem to be all about the money.” I have heard these words more often than I care to count. It has been said about me by a more politically diverse group than I care to categorize. So much so, I decided to write about it. There are […]

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    Success: Explaining the “Fake it ’till You Make It” Philosophy

    The World Cup is over. Germany won. Life goes on, but for some, life didn’t stop much. When considering those for whom sports offers only a brief respect from life, I reflected on the hype and pageantry of the World Cup and the “Late Night with David Letterman” appearance by Clint Dempsey earlier in July. […]

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    FCAB Convening: Time for Social Work to Make Cents

    The Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis and the Financial Social Work Initiative at the University of Maryland have announced a convening scheduled for April 8-10, 2015. Scholarly submissions are solicited with a deadline of July 31, 2014. The Financial Capability and Asset Building (FACB) convening has two expressed goals: To […]

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    When Preparation Meets Opportunity: Old Lessons Are New Again

    Years ago in a relatively small town, a failed board election campaign was ultimately lost by the candidate I worked for, but it taught me some fundamental lessons about the political process. Even at that level, the lessons mirrored lessons I had learned years before as a failed candidate for high school student council president. […]

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    The 5th Woman Stage Production is a Voice for Women

    I am always excited to hear about driven individuals who are doing courageous things. However, I am also intrigued by the arts and production. Add to that my hope for social justice, and you know why I had to interview the producers of the upcoming play The 5th Woman. The production is an ensemble stage […]

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    McCutcheon Decision: Anatomy of a Policy Distraction

    It is not my intent to diminish the import or significance of the McCutcheon v FEC decision. Obviously, this court composition has shown itself to be happy to adjudicate cases erring on the side of pure Juris prudence even when in opposition to precedence. I have an opinion on that, but my current point is […]

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    Early Childhood Education Pilot has Complex Mix of Concerns

    Recently, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced its 2014 recipients of the Birth-to-Five Pilot program. As a graduate of head start, head start training curriculum developer, and trainer, I am encouraged by the pilot. If you know anything about head start, you realize how important it is as a community development tool when done […]

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    Ecological Systems Theory and Practice: Analytic Hierarchy

    Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is mathematical thinking about decision analysis based on linear algebra. It is useful when the elements included in the decision are subjective, such as is all human decisions. AHP holds that individual perception, relevant facts, and interrelationships among inputs and agents must be considered in order to predict outcomes. AHP allows […]

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    Ecological Systems Theory and Practice: Complexity Lexicon

    by Dr. Michael Wright As part of my ongoing series on ecological systems theory and practice, this week I will be discussing complexity lexicons. Complexity grows exponentially due to interactivity, and interactive effects are present at each level and every context of assessment and intervention. In the sociological context, interactive effects mean that individuals in […]

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    Ecological Systems Theory and Practice: Visualizing Human Systems

    Our ability to understand human systems was bolstered by the work of many scholars. Bertalanffy introduced what is now known as General Systems Theory (GST) in 1934. We now accept that human systems are organic seeking purpose and order. Weiner explained cybernetics in 1969. His work clarified the control system that is the interaction among […]