Understanding and growing social capital
The glue that holds communities together
Creating community discussion about social capital makes a difference. When groups know what it is and why it matters, they can create it. And doing so strengthens the community.
Through activities and group discussion, this workshop helps groups move to action. Groups will understand:
- What social capital looks like in communities
- Three elements that matter to social capital
- How social capital creates community benefits
- How to build social capital in everyday ways
What is social capital?
Have you ever stopped to think about what holds your community together? "Community glue" isn't something you can rush out to the local hardware store and buy. You also won't find it online. But if you look closely, you might see it at the grocery store or at your church or even in the newspaper! This "community glue" is known as social capital. Strengthening the social capital of your community helps make people's lives richer.
Assessing social capital
Using 'Our Community' tool
'Our Community' is an assessment tool residents of rural communities can use. It helps give an accurate picture of the social capital in their area. This includes ties and connections among its people and organizations. Extension staff and Yellow Wood Associates designed the tool for rural communities.
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Extension educators work in communities with partners throughout Minnesota. Contact us for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.