Community farms and gardens
Community policing groups
Community theater groups
Companies i.e. the social environment of a firm
Cooperative efforts e.g. open-source software communities
Coworking spaces i.e. as a social and professional environment
Cultural festivals and events
Dog runs and other places where neighbors meet
Friends and friend networks such as friends of friends
Language exchange groups
Local business associations
Local government networks
Meetups and interest-based events
Mutual aid networks
Neighborhood watch groups
Networking at industry events
Networking at professional events
Online communities and forums
Online interest groups
Performance groups e.g. a dance troupe
Political engagement i.e. volunteering to support a political campaign
School clubs & enrichment activities
Social media connections
Universities & colleges i.e. the social environment and relationships attached to these institutions
Social interaction between people and trust that is extended based on membership in a community. For example, a dog park where everyone is generally friendly such that it represents a source of social fulfillment, information exchange and relationship building for dog owners in a neighborhood.
Groups that demonstrate cooperative behaviors. For example, a neighborhood that works together to convince a city to make their street a living street.
Social Capital vs Cultural CapitalSocial capital shouldn't be confused with cultural capital. Cultural capital are things like language and norms that help people to cooperate.
Social Capital is "Positive"It is often stated that social capital is "positive" or that it is based on "positive" interactions between people. This isn't strictly true. All social processes can build relationships, even if they feel intensive or negative. For example, a relationship of respect may develop between political adversaries at work such that they may support each other in the long term. As with all capital, social capital does not always produce positive results. Social capital helps you to get things done as a society. If your strategy is flawed, social capital can produce negative results. For example, a strongly unified society may launch a war that only produces negative results for all sides. A deeply divided society could produce better results than a united society with a bad plan.
Value of Social CapitalSocial capital can improve the value of assets, products and services. For example, a house in an friendly area with a strong sense of community may be worth more to its owner. Likewise, social capital has significant business value whereby people who know may people may bring customers, revenue, partnerships and important sources of information to a firm.
|Overview: Social Capital|
The relationships, goodwill, fellowship and common understandings that exist between people that has economic value or value to quality of life.