Social Capital

Social Capital is the value of network trusting relationships between individuals in an economy. Social capital is anything that facilitates individual or collective action, generated by networks of relationships, reciprocity, trust, and social norms.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

 

Rugged individualism simply does not cut it! You get yours and I got mine is severely demeaning and builds hopelessness. We are living in a time folk when we need to bring back the village of the day. A village where we knew one another, connected to one another, borrowed a cup of sugar from one another, respected and looked out for one another. More of us need others than we need to be alone. How do we renew the relationships and connections to one another and the resources within our communities? What is social capital? What is the importance of building social capital? A major part of our current challenge is that we have broken the connections we have had with one another. It’s time to get it all back on the radar screen, reconnect, build our networks and continue the journey with others.

If I knew you and you knew me,
And each of us could clearly see
By that inner light divine
The meaning of your heart and mine;
I’m sure that we would differ less
And clasp our hands in friendliness,
If you knew me, and I knew you.

~ Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

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