Journal of Social Intervention vol:21 issue:3 pages:5-26
The current social-ecological crisis will lead to major social changes, for better or for worse. Society
needs to ensure that those changes involve a transition to a more sustainable society. Since this
transition touches upon all aspects of life, social work cannot remain outside that process. This article argues how social work practice may contribute to sustainable development, provided it includes the ecological environment in its contextual approach. To this end, a general model for social-ecological practice has been developed, centred on the concepts of empowerment, social
capital formation and resilience building. The core concepts of the model are analysed in order to create a coherent interpretation both in multilevel systems terms and in political terms. The social-ecological practice model is thus presented as a political tool for social change.