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Community Issues and Social Capital. Frank Clearfield Director Social Sciences Institute. Presentation Outline. 1. Provide an Overview of NRCS Social Science Institute 2. Review Community Trends and the Concept of Social Capital 3. Review SSI’s Web Based Tools.

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community issues and social capital

Community Issues and Social Capital

Frank Clearfield

Director

Social Sciences Institute

presentation outline
Presentation Outline

1. Provide an Overview of NRCS Social Science Institute

2. Review Community Trends and the Concept of Social Capital

3. Review SSI’s Web Based Tools

interdisciplinary
Interdisciplinary
  • Sociologist
  • Economist
  • Anthropologist
  • Environmental Psychologist
  • Community Planner
ssi applied products and activities
SSI Applied Products and Activities
  • 24 Technical Reports
  • 36 Fact Sheets -- People, Partnership and Community Series
  • 8 Web-Based Products
  • 34 Leader-in-You Training Tapes
  • 2 Training Courses
  • 14 Surveys
technology transfer in fy 03
Technology Transfer in FY-03
  • SSI reached about 300,000 people
  • 52,000 web visitors
  • 340,000 web hits
  • 30,000 unique web visitors
  • 47,700 documents downloaded

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definitions of economic human social capital
Definitions of Economic, Human, & Social Capital
  • Economic - land, labor, natural resources, & production
  • Human - skills, talent and education of people
  • Social - bonds of trust between people in communities
changes in social capital
Changes in Social Capital
  • Political
  • Civic
  • Religious
  • Workplace
  • Social
  • Volunteering
political participation
Political Participation

Number per million people in organization

civic trends
Activity

Served on a committee for some local organization

attended a public meeting on town or school affairs

Relative change

1973-74 to 1993-94

-39%

-35%

Civic Trends

Source: Roper Social and Political Trends surveys, 1973-1994

participation in work
Participation in Work
  • Union membership is down to 14 percent in 1998, from a high of 33 percent in 1952
  • Average membership in 8 national professional associations showed increases from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, followed by decreases to the present
what has caused the downturn in social capital
What has caused the downturn in social capital?
  • Generation change
  • Pressures of time & money
  • Family structure (working women)
  • Mobility and sprawl
  • Technology and mass media
    • DVDs, VCRs, TV, video games, computers (Internet access, e-mail)
  • Alienation from politics
  • Fear of _______
3 web based tools
3. Web Based Tools

Estimating Social Capital

slide21
Technical Note: Adding Up Social Capital: An Investment in Communities
  • Web Based Tool, Go to http://www.ssi.nrcs.usda.gov/ click on interactive tools
building social capital
Building Social Capital
  • Identify & Recruit Community Leaders
  • Develop Partnerships
  • Establish Networks
  • Inclusiveness
  • Understand Small Group Behavior
  • Understand Community Power
other interactive tools
Other Interactive Tools
  • Evaluating Locally Led Process
  • Leadership Assessment Tool
locally led evaluation and training package
Locally Led Evaluationand Training Package
  • CD and web version tool that examines behavioral aspects of the locally led planning process
  • Repeatable
  • Provides an overall score & also scores for 9 areas
  • Training module for each of these 9 areas
general assumptions about leadership
General Assumptions about Leadership
  • We are not all leaders, nor do we all need to be
  • Some people are better at some things than others
  • Team members play different roles
  • There are situational leaders
  • There are multiple dimensions of leadership
leadership dimensions
Leadership Dimensions
  • Drive
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Building Trust
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Systems Thinking
leadership assessment instrument
Leadership Assessment Instrument
  • Rates the user on five dimensions
  • Provides hyperlinks
    • Articles
    • Leader-in-You Tapes
    • Fact Sheets
summary
Summary
  • Reviewed SSI work
  • Examined community trends
  • Looked at potential opportunities -- social capital, locally led evaluation, and the leadership assessment instrument
product requests
Product Requests
  • Call 1-888-526-3227 x 2
  • Web site: http://www.ssi.nrcs.usda.gov/
  • Order from Product Catalog
  • clearf@ncat.edu or 336-334-7058