Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Using Our Foundation to Be the Best for the World

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Using Our Foundation to Be the Best for the World

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Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is multi-faceted, with professionals from different specialties working together with a common mission of providing individuals the tools they need to make decisions to enhance their quality of life. The foundation of FCS defines who we are as a profession and how we are the best not only in the world, but for the world.

Being the best for the world is one of the seven key concepts presented by Jones (2001) in his educational film "Celebrate What's Right With the World."(TM) The concept emphasizes that it is not enough for individuals to use their skills and knowledge to do good. To be the best for the world, individuals approach their jobs with an attitude of service, widening their perspectives, and using their talents to make a difference. Not being concerned about rewards and recognition really describes FCS professionals. This is due in part to the integrative, holistic nature of the profession; we focus not just on one aspect of individual or family well-being, but we know that many different factors affect overall quality of life.

Even though this sounds simple, FCS is complex. From our beginning at the 4th Lake Placid Conference in 1902, our founders worked to define the complex nature of home economics (now FCS). This complexity was described by Baldwin (1949) as a result of the intangible nature of an individual's interactions with others in families and in society.

At a time when there are crises in many aspects of family life, FCS professionals have the opportunity to use our foundation to help individuals, families, and communities pull together. …

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