#MacroSW FAQs

What is the #MacroSW hashtag?

We have adopted the hashtag #MacroSW to organize our weekly live Twitter chats.  It best represents our definition of macro social work practice which you can read more about in our Macro Social Work FAQs.  We have registered the hashtag with the Symplur Healthcare Hashtag Project and you can read more about how #MacroSW is influencing public conversations on Twitter.

When did the chats start?

The chats started in 2014 by a group of macro social workers, universities, and professional associations.

Who is behind #MacroSW?

Current partners and their roles within MacroSW are:

  • Sunya W. Folayan, co-owner, Vice President
  • Vilissa Thompson, co-owner, Board Member
  • Rachel L. West, co-owner, Board President & Treasurer
  • Karen Zgoda, co-owner, Chief Operating Officer, and Board Member

Is MacroSW a business?

Yes. In 2018, following a solid year of planning, we filed for incorporation in New York State. MACROSW, INC is a benefit corporation (We are treated as a Subchapter S with the IRS and NYS Department of Taxation). You can read our annual report on the “About” page or you can request a copy from the New York State Department of State.

What is the differnce between a partner and chat contibutor?

If you’ve been a long-time participant in the chats you’ve seen some people referred to as “partners” and others as “chat contributors.”

Chat contributors are volunteers. Chat contributors host chats and participate in monthly chat contributor meetings.

Partners are shareholders and board members. They carry out the day-to-day work of MACROSW, INC, and assume responsibility for the organization. Partners not only host chats but also carry out various administrative functions and work on additional projects. They participate in board meetings and an annual 2-day retreat.

How can I best use the #MacroSW hashtag?

Anyone can use the #MacroSW hashtag to talk about important topics, news, and research related to Macro Social Work practice.  We ask that you avoid using the #MacroSW hashtag during our chat time as it can create confusion during the chats.  Please be aware that some people may use this hashtag in ways that are inappropriate during or outside of our chats.  

We support the use of the #MacroSW hashtag in the following ways:

  • To promote the strengths and advancement of Macro Social Work Practice
  • Grounded in the values and guidelines of the NASW Code of Ethics
  • To inform respectful conversation between social workers  

We encourage all users of the #MacroSW hashtag to be familiar with the Netiquette Guidelines.

In general, we chat every Thursday at 9pm EST at Twitter hashtag #MacroSW. The schedule of upcoming chats can be found here.

Does MacroSW have a Twitter account?

Yes. You can follow, Tweet, and DM us at @OfficialMacroSW.

How can I participate in the chats?

We would love to have you at our chats! Our chatters are passionate about macro social work practice and share their experiences, questions, and resources related to the topic. At the time of the scheduled chat, log on to Twitter, and send a tweet using hashtag #MacroSW. To view current chat tweets, search for #MacroSW. Typically our chats follow a question and answer format. Questions are posed by the chat partner moderator and folks tweet their responses. We also bring in macro social work experts to share their experiences. If you are new to Twitter chats, please read this guide about how to participate in a live Twitter chat written by former MacroSW chat partner Laurel Hitchcock.

What if I can’t make the chat or want to read a chat transcript, how can I find them?

Each of our chats is archived using Symplur. You can find the archive for an individual chat by clicking on that chat’s blog post on the MacroSW blog.

I have an idea for a future chat, or am interested in being a guest expert or potential #MacroSW chat contributor. What should I do first? 

We are always looking for new ideas to improve the chats, and sharing your expertise is so vital to growing our macro social work community. Please email us at OfficialMacroSW@gmail.com to start the conversation! You can also send us a tweet at @OfficialMacroSW.

What if my question is not addressed here?

Please email Karen Zgoda (karen @ karenzgoda.org), our chat partner who helps moderate this web site.

Aside from the weekly chat what else does MacroSW do?

We carry out research around social work practice and macro practice issues in relation to social media. We also offer presentations and are currently looking into becoming a continuing education provider.

In the near future, we will roll out new services and projects. When the time comes we will update the blog with the information.

How can I support MacroSW?

We offer the opportunity to become a patron on Patreon and purchase MacroSW swag on Redbubble. Sponsorship packages are in development and we hope to launch soon.


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