Robert Putnam and his colleagues founded the Saguaro Seminar to focus on expanding our knowledge about levels of trust and on strategies to increase community engagement. and strategies and efforts to increase this engagement.
We build social capital by creating new ties and strengthening old ones. -- The new ties may be formal, like a club, association, or civic institution, or informal, like a group of friends talking or colleagues collaborating. There is no limit to the number of specific pathways to social capital creation http://www.ksg.harvard.edu
The following four strategies serve as our starting place at the NY Center. We hope you'll participate with us.
- EDUCATE OURSELVES - start by reading the Sagauro Seminar Better Together Report. It calls for a nationwide campaign to redirect a downward spiral of civic apathy. Warning that the national stockpile of "social capital" - our reserve of personal bonds and fellowship - is seriously depleted, the report outlined the framework for sustained, broad-based social change to restore America's civic virtue.
EVALUATE HOW WELL OUR PROGRAMS BUILD SOCIAL CAPITAL - The Saguaro Seminar includes a variety of tools including Community Organizations and Social Capital: A guide to program evaluation. We need to be sure we are choosing strategies that maximize our impact.
CONSIDER WHAT WE CAN DO AS INDIVIDUALS - 150 things you can do to build social capital
- SPREAD THE WORD - talk with each other, our staff, family, volunteers, and friends. After all, action starts with awareness.