The Faculty for Social Wellbeing has embarked on a new initiative, in collaboration with the Corporate ID Group’s Corporate Dispatch, of publishing our first ever Faculty Research Magazine, in the Societas.Expert series. This publication is intended to provide several short research papers, this time around, focused on social welfare.
Apart from that, this Research Magazine will also serve as a resource providing for information and contact details of most of our academic staff and research officers. This is another loop in our commitment towards democratising our knowledge but also reaching out to society with empirical data and reflections on some engaging areas around social wellbeing. This edition will be converging some important debates around service provision, dialogue and conflict, taking loneliness and homelessness as two major issues that require our immediate attention.
We need to keep in mind that welfare emerged from the need to negotiate and reinvigorate the social responsibility for collective needs. Social and community operators have developed myriad initiatives to meet the imperative of help for the casualties of the economic and social system. Whilst it is exciting that our country seems to be moving away from ‘a charitable helpless model’ to ‘a forward-looking helping model’, there is still way to go. It was an effort that saw at the forefront the forthcoming principles of ‘help’ versus ‘helplessness’, ‘solidarity’ versus ‘belittling’ and ‘participation’ versus ‘competition’.
In more ways than one, social wellbeing as a collective responsibility started taking on and complementing the government’s welfare responsibilities, minimizing social tensions and going against the grain of community deterioration. This Faculty Research Magazine is yet another loop in attempting to decipher at what stage we are at, when it comes to the relationship between the citizen and civic engagement. This Magazine, the first for our Faculty, will also lay out the strengths and weaknesses in this sector and the direction that our policy needs to take.
Probably, a balance between creating ‘a kitty mentality’ and generating community is what is explicitly and implicitly involved. The spine of a healthy community lies in the inclusion of ‘all’ knowing well- enough that if ‘we are in this together’ we have a better chance of making it!
Prof. Andrew Azzopardi
editor | Dean, Faculty for Social Wellbeing
executive chairman | Corporate ID Group