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New PODCAST on Social Capital now available!

The first episode of our new podcast is now available. In this weekly series, we explore. various topics related to social capital, navigating the divergent perspectives stemming from their academic disciplines.

“Social Capital in Practice” Now Available

We have just published our general guide for the practical application of social capital. This guide is the result of over 20 years of work on the theoretical and practical application of social capital. Tristan breaks down the complexity of social capital into more easily understood components and establishes the logic of social capital and provides a framework that is suitable for any application.

Social capital online training available in March 2024

In March 2024, we are running a 3-week course on social capital with three self-paced lessons and an optional Zoom tutorial each week. See the full course details here. Week 1: starting Monday, March 11, 2024 Self-paced lectures and readings on: Introduction to social capital History and evolution of social capital Understanding social capital Optional […]

Empathy and social capital An aspect of the cognitive dimension of social capital

At its core, empathy enables individuals to comprehend and resonate with the emotions and experiences of others. It enables us to internalise the conditions of another person or group of people, allowing decisions to be made simultaneously in their own interests as well as in the interests of others (Robison, 2023a). Strong empathy forms the […]

Empowerment and social capital An aspect of the cognitive dimension of social capital

Empowerment plays a pivotal role in the context of social capital, acting as a catalyst for positive change and collective well-being within a community. Its significance lies in its ability to enhance individual agency, foster a sense of community efficacy, and contribute to the overall resilience and vibrancy of social connections. Empowerment involves individuals feeling […]

Using ChatGPT to learn about social capital

ChatGPT is a useful platform to explore new subjects, but it’s not always reliable. It can be challenging to distinguish between accurate and inaccurate information, especially when you’re unfamiliar with the topic. Recently, I conducted a test on the accuracy of responses related to social capital, and unfortunately, a significant number of them were incorrect. […]

What is high and low, and positive and negative social capital?

Export Reference Download PDF Print We often talk about social capital in general terms, describing it as high or low, good or bad, positive or negative, or weak or strong. But social capital is complex and multidimensional. Does it make sense to talk about social capital in general terms, and what do we mean by […]

Social Policy in Changing European Societies – Book Review

Social Policy in Changing European Societies: Research Agendas for the 21st Century Hardcover: 328 pages Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Year: 2022 Language: English Edited By: Kenneth Nelson, Full Professor of Sociology, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Sweden Rense Nieuwenhuis, Associate Professor of Sociology, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Sweden […]

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