This week Jacob Spanke will give a presentation “Lacking Trust as cause of the Greek crisis” followed by a discussion. The presentation will deal with questions such as: What do we know about trust in Greece? What are the deep-rooted societal causes of the Greek crisis? How was an equilibrium of low trust transmitted? What economic impact did the low amount of trust have?
Susan Hasty will make a brief presentation on the nexus of research regarding platform design, business model evolution & collaboration engineering and co-facilitate group discussion exploring how community resilience might be impacted by these sociotechnical and socioeconomic changes and if Social Capital research could support a better trajectory.
In this webinar Bob Putnam will discuss the evolution of his work on social capital over the last 30 years from Making Democracy Work (1993) to The Upswing (2020). If you are at all familiar with the concept of social capital, you will know Putnam’s publications on the topic, and how incredibly important and influential his work has been. Bob will discuss his historical experiences with social capital research, how to overcome challenges, and what steps are useful to communicate the topic within academia and politics.
By Professor Eric M. Uslaner, Social cohesion is a multifaceted concept including generalized trust, measures of well-being such as socio-economic conditions (are people thriving, suffering, or struggling) and whether they accept diversity, and national identity (belonging to a nation and deserving its welfare benefits).
Climate change is increasing the prevalence and impact of extreme events, which may have severe psychosocial aftereffects for the people and communities who are affected. To mitigate their impact, governments advocate developing community resilience. I will discuss the use of social capital as a concept in mitigating these effects, as well as its limitations.
This presentation begins by identifying some of the weaknesses of the social capital concept and offers an approach with which to address these limitations. Using insights from the work of Deleuze and Guattari (but not DeLanda!), social capital can be retrofitted into social assemblages. This promises to give more specificity to the structure of social capital and more insight into the mechanisms through which assemblages are shaped.
The 11 March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and associated tsunami and nuclear meltdowns took nearly 20,000 lives, created half a million refugees, and affected energy policies as far away as Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. In Japan, mortality rates in coastal communities in the Tohoku region were not constant; instead, they varied widely from town to town.
We will examine the constructs of Relational Capital, Cognitive Capital, and Structural Capital. We will review how these three constructs form social capital and how cognitive bias can impact social capital creation. We will then cover the five practices of exemplary leadership covered in “The Leadership Challenge” and note how these five practices tie into the constructs of social capital.
Professor Robison will reflect on his more than 35 years of research on social capital and propose a new line of inquiry that could allow for alternative explanations of predictably irrational behavior. He will employ Social Identity Theory to help us understand the relationship between social capital and cheap social capital.