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Social Capital

Are Charter Schools the Answer to - or One Reason for - Chicago's Violence?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 09.16.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Even the national media has taken notice of the disastrous upsurge in Chicago youth violence. But charter schools may not be the answer. They don't equate with quality, and some communities believe they actually increase violence.

The Social Capital Generation Machine

David Brancaccio | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
David Brancaccio

A better economy may start with the relationships that are forged within communities. It is these kinds of links that can lead to wider policy changes that are also necessary to create a new kind of economy that lifts up the well being of more people.

(Graduation) Hats Off to Mothers

Anne Mosle | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Anne Mosle

With Mother's Day flowers still fresh and commencements kicking off this week, let's turn our energy toward saluting the achievements of resilient student mothers.

Where's Tom Joad Anyway?

Craig Werner | Posted 06.25.2012 | College
Craig Werner

This idea that the American Dream involves making as much cash as possible for yourself is well out of date, and the time has come for a change.

Dirty Networks and How They Fall Apart

Philip N. Howard | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Philip N. Howard

One of the least understood aspects of network interaction concerns negative social capital and links between dictators -- what I would call "dirty networks."

Did you Build your Network by Design or Default?

Andy Lopata | Posted 09.30.2011 | Business
Andy Lopata

When you built your network, how did you decide to whom you should connect and why?

How Is Leaking Like Getting a Job?

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradley W. Bloch

The social cohesion of small groups may diminish the possibility of someone using the Internet to pass along classified documents -- but it will not remove it.

Chris Rabb Talks Invisible Capital

James M. Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
James M. Russell

When asked about the overriding concept of his new book, Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shapes Entrepreneurial Opportunity, Chris Rabb put it in five simple words: "why Donald Trump is evil."

House of Rain: Kenya's First Net-Positive Sports Facility (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cameron Sinclair

Thanks to the vision of Joseph and Samson Mutongu, a basketball court has morphed into a community center, sports facility and the rainwater catchment system for hundreds of children that attend schools located on the campus.

Show Me The Money, Year 3: How The Private Sector Can Help Save The World

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

It's the third annual SOCAP conference. And it's based on a world-changing idea: that the private sector can help us solve the social and environmental challenges we face.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Bold Changes, Great Leaders, Big Movements

Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson

Our country is facing a glut of complex problems that no single politician, political party, or other organization can solve in a lasting way, without help. For shifts of this magnitude, we need social movements and compelling leaders.

What If Everyone On Twitter Read The Same Book?

Jeff Howe | Posted 12.12.2011 | Books
Jeff Howe

What if everyone in the world read the same book? We have the ideal technology at our fingertips--Twitter. All we need now is the book.

It's Loneliness, Not Depression

Giles Slade | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Giles Slade

Loneliness is murkier. It's less controllable. It says something about our lives today--about the lack of connection many of us feel---about the way social ties are fracturing like glass.

Networking: Careful Use of Social Capital

Jim Randel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Randel

Social capital is what you earn after you show people that you are trustworthy and deserving of their friendship. Social capital is hard to come by and should be expended judiciously.

Getting By With a Little Help From Our Friends (and Facebook)

Noah Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Noah Baron

Many young Americans have about the growing influence of technology. But no matter how new technology may change the manifestations of human relations, it will never eliminate them.

Show Me the Money! Using Your Capital To Save The World At This Year's SOCAP Conference

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

What's up? It's the second annual SOCAP conference, the world's premiere social capital markets event (social capital investments incorporate three kinds of returns: financial, social, and environmental).

Your Social Capital: Invest It in Philanthropy

Ron Mirenda | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ron Mirenda

Social capital allows us to invest in the future of society in areas we are passionate about and in those we strongly believe will make a difference in our society.

A Credit Deficit or a Democratic Deficit?

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

The remedy today lies not simply in deleveraging but in re-democratizing -- recreate social capital and trust will follow. Then and only then will markets calm.

White House Ribs

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giles Slade

America can capitalize on its cultural assets by creating state-owned brands based on recognizable American symbols. I think we should start with the White House.

World's First "Good Capital" Conference

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

The Social Capital Markets 2008 Conference (SoCap) is the world's first conference to bring institutional and individual investors together with social entrepreneurs.

Social Drinkers Earn More Than Non-Drinkers

Savvy Sugar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A study conducted by a couple of economists found that people who drink in a social setting earn 10 to 14 percent more than those who save their drink...

Diversity: Is It A Bad Thing?

Newsweek | Eboo Patel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The first thing my wife and I comment on when we go to a restaurant or a park is the diversity. We generally want more. We're part of a generation of ...