“One Neighborhood at a Time” | a column by David Brooks

David Brooks’ column opens with these lines:

“What is the central challenge facing our era? My answer would be: social isolation.

“Gaps have opened up among partisan tribes, economic classes and races. There has been a loss of social capital, especially for communities down the income scale.”

It’s such an important concept – you’ll want to read the entire column.

“The central premise of social capital is that social networks have value. Social capital refers to the collective value of all ‘social networks’ [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other [‘norms of reciprocity’].

“The term social capital emphasizes not just warm and cuddly feelings, but a wide variety of quite specific benefits that flow from the trust, reciprocity, information, and cooperation associated with social networks. Social capital creates value for the people who are connected and, at least sometimes, for bystanders as well.” – SOURCE: About Social Capital, Harvard Kennedy School

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources Berks County partners’ network hosted Dr. Al Condeluci for a seminar on building community capacities.


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