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Understanding and growing social capital

The glue that holds communities together

Creating community discussion about social capital makes a difference. When groups consider what it is, why it matters, and what can be done to create it, they can act intentionally to strengthen it in their community. Through video tapes, activities and group discussion, this workshop helps groups move to action. Groups will understand:

What is social capital?

Have you ever stopped to think about what holds your community together? "Community glue" isn't something you can rush out to the local hardware store and purchase. You won't find a site to buy it online, but if you look really closely you might see it at the grocery store or at your church or even in the newspaper! This "community glue" is called social capital. Strengthening the social capital of your community can help make people's lives healthier, safer and richer.

Assessing social capital

Social capital video and audio clips

Learn more about social capital and what it looks like in communities from four video and one audio clip. These clips instruct and demonstrate how the lives of community residents are enriched by a high level of social capital.
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