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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Social Capitalist

In case you missed it, here's a link to my recent interview with Robert Putnam, sociologist and author of Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.

Putnam's probably the most famous scholar of social capital — the idea that informal (and formal) social connections are valuable and an indicator of personal and communal health. He's affiliated with The Saguaro Seminar at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. I read his book years ago and have been talking about and testing his ideas ever since. He's speaking at Middlebury College on Monday at 4:15pm, in the Dana Auditorium. Admission is free.

Click here for a list of 150 things you can do to build social capital. My favorite: "103. Join in to help carry something heavy."
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