Social Capital

The most powerful force in American democracy is the connection among citizens. NCoC aims to understand how socio-economic and demographic factors, time spent with family, friends, and neighbors, and elements of trust and connectedness affect the process of civic engagement.

NCoC believes to address community issues and challenges in any area, research must be collected, discussion must occur, and solutions must be proposed. Here, you can see research, discussion, and solutions associated with social capital. This is meant to help explain and animate that focus area, as well as facilitate the process of moving from information to action within it.
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Social Capital Research

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How Civic Engagement Builds Resilient CommunitiesOriginally posted by Kristen Cambell on Opportunity NationThe National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Opportunity Nation share a belief that our communities are stronger when everyone has the opportunity to contribute. The Opportunity Index, the first statistical ... February 19, 2014
Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case BuildsA 2012 Issue BriefThis 2012 Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. It finds that the density and type of nonprofit organizations in a community, as well as its social cohesion, ... September 12, 2012 publication
Civic Engagement and Employment: NCoC Continues the Conversationby Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies, NCoC June 13, 2012 discussion
Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of TurmoilReport shows job and economic contribution of nonprofit sectorThe Center for Civil Society and Studies has released a new report entitled “Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of Turmoil.” The report shows the U.S. nonprofit sector posted ... February 6, 2012 publication
How people learn about their local community A report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project December 8, 2011 publication
Understanding a Diverse GenerationNew Study Dispels Stereotypes About Young Voters Ahead of 2012 ElectionsThe findings of a new CIRCLE study, "Youth Civic Engagement in the United States, 2008-2010: Understanding a Diverse Generation," shatter stereotypes and dispel conventional myths about the ways in which ... November 28, 2011 publication
Civic Health and UnemploymentCan Engagement Strengthen the Economy?This Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. September 16, 2011 publication
Other Forms of Civic EngagementCivic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy? September 16, 2011 civic health index
Can Volunteering Help Us Weather Tough Economic Times?
National Conference on Citizenship Calls on Community Leaders to Further Investigate Perceived Connection between Civic Engagement and Economic Resilience
A report released today by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) finds that states with higher levels of civic engagement are more resilient in an economic downturn. The report identifies five ...
September 16, 2011 press release
Report Shows Majority of Americans Civically Engaged in Their CommunitiesBoomers and Older Adults Rank High Across Several Key Categories of Civic EngagementBetween 2008 and 2010, a majority of Americans were civically active in a variety of ways, working with others to improve their communities, according to the 2011 Civic Life in America: Key Findings on ... September 15, 2011 press release
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Social Capital Discussions and Commentary

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Public Policy Chat: Mary Ellen ArdounyThis month, NCoC Communications Fellow Alice Murphy talks to Mary Ellen Ardouny about the connection between education, workforce investment, and environmental conservation and what this connection could ... June 26, 2012 discussion
Social Innovation in Civic LifeA 2009 NCoC PanelThis panel at the 2009 National Conference on Citizenship explored the role of social innovation in civic life. September 25, 2009 video
Social media aids in Haiti earthquake relief and responseFrom Twitter organizing to Google maps to text-to-give donations, the widespread use and application of social technology is altering and facilitating the modes through which Haitian earthquake relief ... January 15, 2010 discussion
My Impact Social Media and A New Model of Civic Engagement by Nick TroianoWhile there remains a vibrant debate over whether social media is creating new activists or just enhancing the tools used by existing ones, it is clear there has been a fundamental change in the way citizens ... July 7, 2009 discussion
Stepping Up or Holding Back?How are neighbors strengthening communities in the economic crisis?The 2009 Civic Health Index, set to be released at the NCoC Annual Conference September 9, will examine the relationship between financial health and civic health, including ways civic engagement has increased ... May 8, 2009 discussion
Target 2020: My Education. Our Future.by Decker Ngongang, Mobilize.orgMobilize.org believes the Millennial Generation should play an active role in the future of education in our country and that one of the single most important factors in reversing generational poverty ... August 24, 2010 discussion
The Civic Acceleratorby Sara Johnson, Village Capital Program AssociateThis fall, Village Capital in partnership with Points of Light will launch the Civic Accelerator. This twelve-week program is an opportunity for nonprofit and for-profit ventures focused on civic engagement ... August 9, 2012
The Gardens of DemocracyAn interview with Eric Liu and Nick HanauerEric Liu is an author and speaker who served as a speechwriter and policy advisor to President Bill Clinton. Nick Hanauer is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Together, they have authored two books, ... December 12, 2011 discussion
The Internet: Civic Polarizer or Unifier?There's an old saying, ”Great minds think alike.” Or is that just what we tell ourselves when we find people who think as we do? Sean Parker, William Galston and Joe Trippi conclude their dynamic ... November 26, 2008 video
The Invisible Dream: Creating a New Conversation about the American Dream and What It Takes to Achieve It Event Reflection by Alice MurphyThe Public Agenda and the GALEWiLL Center for Opportunity and Progress recently released new research documenting how the American citizenry regards the American Dream. Keep reading for highlights of the ... October 15, 2012 event reflection
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Social Capital Solutions

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Changing the Status QuoIntentional Succession Planning Through Leadership DevelopmentMany think of succession planning as a one-time process that only occurs when an organization considers how it will continue to thrive after a senior leader moves on. The 2010 American Express NGen Fellows ... November 3, 2011 publication
Closing the College Completion GapA Guide for Faith CommunitiesA degree beyond high school has become an essential element of opportunity in America and is a proven pathway out of poverty. However, the majority of our nation's young people, especially low-income ... November 1, 2010 discussion
Providing Authentic Opportunities for Youth Engagement in Local Governmentby Leon AndrewsWhat makes youth civic engagement “authentic?” How can cities move beyond token levels of youth participation in local decision-making toward efforts that truly prepare and empower youth to ... September 1, 2010 discussion
Civic Engagement and Recent Immigrant Communities“Civic Engagement and Recent Immigrant Communities,” a new guide developed by the National League of Cities, presents local officials with the first steps and directions for efforts toward ... August 18, 2010 discussion
Creating Spaces for ChangeWorking Toward a “Story of Now” in Civic EngagementCreating Spaces for Change: Working Toward a ”Story of Now” in Civic Engagement , a new report from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is an attempt to describe ... April 23, 2010 publication
Funding and Fostering Local DemocracyWhat Philanthropy Should Know about the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic GovernanceAs the philanthropic community grapples with the question of how to support innovative and effective forms of democratic governance, PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement) has released a guide ... May 19, 2009 publication
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