John McKnight (1995)* argues persuasively in ‘The Careless Society’ that human service systems tend to disable communities in three ways: they divert resources from lower-income to professional, credentialed helpers; they teach people to focus on their needs and deficiencies rather than their resources and potentialities; and they displace community-based citizens’ organizations and their power to solve problems.
*McKnight, J.L. (1995). The careless society. New York: Basic Books.
respond to the following questions:
• What do you think he meant by this statement?
• Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?