- Dorothy N. GambleDorothy N. GambleDorothy “Dee” Gamble received the 2012 Career Achievement Award by the Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). Her lifework has been dedicated to enhancing community and international practice in social work. She taught more than 30 years at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where her courses and writing focused on social justice, human rights, and advocacy at grassroots, city, state, national and international levels. With Dr. Marie Weil, she designed a framework of eight models of community practice specifying scope and purpose and roles taken by practitioners, which has been requested for publication in several venues and used in a variety of training and education programs. Her publications have advanced the practice literature in macropractice, field education, community development, curriculum development, and more recently international and sustainable development. Her former students are deans of social work, instructors and practitioners in all parts of world, and defenders of social justice and human rights. Her former clients and students have been her best teachers.
This entry describes how the viability of long-term human social systems is inextricably linked to human behavior, environmental resources, the health of the biosphere, and human relationships with all living species. New ways of thinking and acting in our engagement with the biosphere are explored, with attention to new ways of measuring well-being to understand the global relationships among human settlements, food security, human population growth, and especially alternative economic efforts based on prosperity rather than on growth. The challenge of social work is to engage in socioecological activities that will prevent and slow additional damage to the biosphere while at the same time helping human populations to develop the cultural adaptation and resilience required to confront increasing weather disasters; displacement resulting from rising seas; drought conditions that severely affect food supplies; the loss of biodiversity, soils, forests, fisheries, and clean air; and other challenges to human social organizations.