21 Dec 2014

How is social capital destroyed?

Social capital can be very easily destroyed. It can take a long time to build social capital through repeat positive actions and interactions, but it can be destroyed by a single action. Generally social capital is lost or damaged by anything that reduces feelings of goodwill or disrupts networks. Any action that is antisocial. Anything […]

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15 Dec 2014

How does one obtain social capital?

Social capital is obtained by building goodwill. This is the simplest way to describe how someone can build or obtain social capital. Social capital can be observed at the level of the individual, group or community. At the individual level social capital is best understood as resources made available or accessed through social relationships. For […]

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07 Dec 2014

Why is social capital so important?

Social capital has been described as a lubricant that facilitates getting things done. It allows people to work together and to access benefits from social relationships. Social capital allows modern economies to function efficiently. Our society, economy, institutions, and political system could not exist without social capital. Social capital refers to the internal social and […]

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05 Dec 2014

What does it mean to measure social capital?

To measure social capital means to attempt to quantify the stock of social capital in a given context. Unfortunately, there is considerable debate and controversy over the possibility, desirability, and practicability of measuring social capital. The measurement of social capital is closely linked to its definition and conceptualisation – both of which are contested in […]

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02 Dec 2014

What does it mean to build social capital?

To build social capital means to improve social structures and social attitudes, values and behaviours. Building social capital means different things at different levels. At the individual level building social capital involves the actions and intentions of the individual. At the societal level building social capital relates to social structure and organisation which tends to […]

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21 Nov 2014

What are the different types of social capital?

The different types of social capital are typically defined as structural social capital, cognitive social capital, and relational social capital. Another common categorisation of social capital is the following types: bonding social capital, bridging social capital, and linking social capital. The taxonomic refinements have been described as types of social capital, as forms of social […]

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17 Oct 2014

How do you increase your social capital?

You can increase your social capital by being prosocial: by being helpful and giving, by getting to know people, by strengthening your existing relationships, and by trusting and being trustworthy. Essentially increasing your social capital is about generating goodwill. It is being a good global citizen and developing networks and reputation for integrity, honour, giving, […]

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07 Oct 2014

Is social capital important?

Social capital is important because it represents the productive benefits of sociability. The importance of social capital cannot be understated since it relates to every benefit of living in a society rather than as a hermit. Social capital has been described as both a glue and lubricant – a glue that holds societies together without […]

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