First published in 1997, this volume responds to a world in the midst of a telecommunications revolution. What this means is that societies throughout the world are now provided with new opportunities to solve nagging problems. One problem which is the focus of this book is the continual pockets of poverty that exist in countries around the world. In this regard, welfare reform has been slow in coming as nations struggle for allocating limited resources for meeting the needs of all citizens within its boundaries. This book describes a welfare model that is quite innovative, imaginative, but also practical. It can be readily implemented in any country in the world, although the example used in this book is that of one country. The welfare reform model suggested here is all about freedom, opportunity and equity. At its conclusion, it challenges the reader to take welfare reform to the next level.
Part 1. Welfare Reform with Passion. 1. Welfare Reform: a Model with Conviction. 2. Creating a Mega Community with Small Town Passion. 3. Show Me the Money: Reclaiming the Marketplace and Workplace. Part 2. A Desperate Need for True Welfare Reform. 4. Families of Poverty in Disarray. 5. Harsh Realities of the Workplace. Part 3. Learning from the Past: Good Intent Gone Sour. 6. America’s Attempt at Compassion: a History of Betrayal. 7. A Welfare Time Bomb Remains. Part 4. The Turning Point: Entering the Fast Lane of the Cyber Economy. 8. The Family at Warp Speed in the Digital Economy. 9. Healing Family and Societal Guilt: the Turning Point. Part 5. The Conclusion: Gaining Stability within Continual Change. 10. Healing America: Welfare Reform from Anxiety to Hope.
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