30 Mar 2020

What is social capitalism?

Social capitalism is any capitalist system that is structured with the ideology of liberty, equality, and justice. Instead of aiming to accumulate only economic forms of capital, it explicitly values all forms of capital, including social capital, human capital, and natural capital. Instead of maximising profit for the 1%, it involves profit maximisation for all […]

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17 Mar 2020

Social isolation during a pandemic Challenges and opportunities during COVID-19 lockdown

There are significant barriers to the effective adoption of technology to alleviate social isolation resulting from COVID-19 ‘social distancing’, particularly among those people who were already socially isolated. The barriers most cited in the literature on the use of technology to remedy social isolation are (i) lack of support and training to use technology, (ii) […]

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27 Feb 2020

Capitalism in Transformation – Book Review

Capitalism in Transformation: Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century Hardcover: 316 pages Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Year: 2019 Language: English Edited by Roland Atzmüller and Brigitte Aulenbacher, Johannes Kepler University Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna Fabienne Décieux and Karin Fischer, Johannes Kepler University Birgit Sauer, University of Vienna, Austria

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03 Feb 2020

China’s Social Credit System An ambitious attempt to build social capital

China is developing a social credit system (SCS), a national reputation system that aims to promote the traditional virtues of integrity, discourage dishonesty, and build an environment of trust. The SCS will utilise big-data enabled surveillance infrastructure to manage, monitor, and predict the trustworthiness of citizens, firms, organizations, and governments. The scheme has attracted

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19 Jan 2020

Social capital and poverty alleviation

Social capital is a vital asset for those in poverty since it can provide access to that which is lacking: capital. Poverty is a state or condition in which a person or community lacks the capital required to meet their needs. Clearly the poor would benefit from more of all forms of capital. However, social […]

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