social capital

Brewing Social Capital in Britain

Sunday's Boston Globe had an interesting piece about how many Conservatives there are rallying around efforts to save local community institutions such as the corner shop, market, and yes, the neighborhood pub.  (The creator of Cheers knew the value of social capital--isn't nice to go to a place where everyone knows your name?).  They are focusing on the important roles these local businesses plays in creating a sense of community.  They also see the moral value of community is not as polarizing as some other issues that might focus on.

Bowling Alone author Robert Putnam has spent a good bit of time in Britain consulting with government leaders there who are quite receptive to the importance of social capital.  The importance of these local businesses and their ties to social capital certainly resonate here in the U.S. as well

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