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1 Power and Potency of SOCIAL CAPITAL Al Condeluci, PhD CLASS

2 Social Capital refers to relationships we develop and grow within the context of the various communities we join or associate with. What makes these relationships unique are that they support or prop us up in areas we are not strong or capable

3 Interdependence Social Capital relate to a broader concept of Interdependence. All people have strengths and weaknesses – Interdependence is when we use our strengths to build relationships that help support our weaknesses.

4 Micro vs Macro Perspective Micro – focuses on the person and ways that they can change to be more successful or engaged (Therapeutic) Macro – focuses on changing the culture, environment, or perceptions in both formal (laws, policy) and informal (relationships) ways

5 To understand Social Capital we must first think about the depth and impact of our relationships. Consider this question!

6 The Magic Wand If you could wish for 3 things for yourself or for someone you love, what would they be?

7 When this question is asked the most common 3 things are: Healthfulness Happiness Longevity

8 Research Shows That Healthfulness Happiness Longevity Are all related to – Social Capital!

9 QUITE SIMPLY, THE MORE SOCIAL CAPITAL YOU HAVE, THE MORE HEALTHFULNESS, HAPPINESS, AND LONGEVITY YOU HAVE! BUT THERE’S MORE!

10 Social Capital is also related to: Tolerance Achievement Kindness Advancement Fairness Self Esteem Forgiveness

11 Social Capital People getting jobs People keeping jobs (getting along) Getting around in the community Finding places to live Experiencing life success/achievement Keeping psychologically stable It changes the way we think

12 What is Social Capital? It is nothing more than relationships and friendships that people have in their lives. The natural supports that you have to make your live better.

13 Social Capital represents the resources available to individuals through their social affiliations and membership in community organizations. It refers to aspects of social relationships that act as resources for individuals and facilitate collective action for mutual benefit.

14 Value Added Instrumental – tangible actions Emotional – Just knowing support is there Informational – Learning things that help

15 “If you belong to no groups and decide to join one, you cut your risk of dying in half over the next year” Robert Putnam

16 Understanding Social Capital How it manifests Types and distinctions How you build it Maintaining and Nurturing

17 Major Domains in Relationships Acquaintanceships – people we know Friendships – People we do things with Covenant – People we love

18 Bridging Social Capital This is when connect with people who are essentially different from us, but we have some affinity that creates a bridge that we use to relate. These relationships grow us because we begin to accept differences through the security of the affinity that started the connection.

19 Bonding Social Capital These are the relationships that we have a strong connection of similarity. When this strong identity causes us to relate easily and quickly. These commonalities can be ethnicity, religion, age, experience and other factors that make us similar This basic identification creates an easy empathy and sympathy and sense of security.

20 Measuring Social Capital Sociograms – Social Network Inventories These are social maps that identify relationships in the three major domains People we know People we do things with People we love

21 Community Engagement Survey Social Trust Social Support Diversity of Friendships Conventional Political Participation Civic/Community Leadership Informal Socializing Associational Involvement

22 Interdependence Network International Reach Broad and Diverse Constituency Sharing and Comparing Actions Promoting Macro Change on Twitter

23 Clusters of Connection Family Neighborhood Religious School Work Clubs, Groups, Associations Political Parties

24 Building Social Capital and Natural Supports In order to build social capital you must be active (or at least present) in various clusters or communities.

25 4 Steps to Social Capital Identify our key areas of interest/affinities Find the matching cluster or community Understand how communities behave Finding a gatekeeper to acceptance

26 The magic of community is when similarity overrides difference an creates a bond. Through this bond people begin to help each other and that synergy creates an upward effect for everyone involved.

27 “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” Nikos Kazantzakis

28 “Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much of the greatest is the possession of friendship” Epicurus

29 Al Condeluci, PhD. CLASS 4638 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh, PA x 2122 on Twitter


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