Awakening Social Capital

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Social capital is the stock we place in personal networks and relationships among people. Social capital is the glue that holds people together to facilitate collective action and access resources. Cohen and Prusak (2001) define social capital as “the stock of active connections among people; the trust, mutual understanding, and shared values and behaviors that bind members of human networks and communities and make cooperative action possible.” Cohen and Prusak believe social capital is the stuff that makes organizations work. The essence of social capital is civic engagement embedded in a network of reciprocal social relationships. How do we encourage professional civic engagement? Maybe learning more about social capital will help give it voice in professional discourse More information about social capital is available at www.infed.org/biblio/social_capital.htm.

Awakening Social Capital

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