Social capital and climate change: What do they have in common?

People don't often see social capital and climate change in the same sentence - or even in the same book. Here, we will explore the interconnections between these two seemingly disparate theories by reviewing Daniel P. Aldrich's recent work, "Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation." This was published in ORE Climate Science and looks at the relationship between social capital and climate change adaptation behaviors in terms of how people around the world are accomodating their lives to changing environmental conditions. 

Social capital is all about the norms, trustworthiness, and networks that tie people together within and between communities. There are various types of social capital - bonding, bridging, and linking - all of which involve the connections that one has between people. Whether it be your father or your neighbor, the local civic organization down the road, or the state Senator, these social connections help communities work cooperatively and collectively with one another to solve problems, for example protecting against and responding to climate threats. Read more

Six of My 2016 Social Capital Highlights

Wow! I realized it has been over a year since I blogged here on the SCI site. Not for lack of blogging though--as some of you know I share my passion for tasty, healthy food on a blog called Cooking Chat. I thought it would be a good time to look back at some 2016 Social Capital Inc. highlights.

Now that we have grown to serve 19 Massachusetts communities, I don't get to directly witness all the great community building projects that happen as a result of SCI. I will use my blog to highlight some of the activities that I've had a chance to experience. We will share some more comprehensive information about our 2016 accomplishments soon. Read more

What is a good citizen and how do you create one?

Harvard University's Graduate School of Education recently hosted a forum through their #Askwith series titled, "What is a good citizen and how do you create one?" The forum explored the themes of citizenship, civic engagement and diversity, not only within the United States but on a global level as well. It featured three distinguished panelists: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), Callie Crossley, radio and tv host for WGBH, and Michelle Fine, distinguished professer at the City University of New York.

As the panelists navigated these topics, they raised a number of interesting questions that have us asking ourselves, "How can I be a more engaged citizen? What can I do to give back to my community?" Kei offered what she considers the tools for good citizenship:

- Radical skepticism

- Appetite for different perspectives and alternative explanationsRead more

CHNA 15 Presents its Cultural Proficiency Workshop

At a time when tensions are high and our nation is experiencing a profound social and cultural transition, CHNA 15 will be sponsoring a free community workshop on the topic of cultural proficiency. The workshop will feature presenter, Susan Naimark, who is a part-time faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston, School of Education. She is also an affiliate trainer with Teachers 21 and Interaction Institute for Social Change, and serves as co-chair of the board of directors for Community Change, Inc. Read more

Dorchester community comes together for Holiday Gift Giveaway

This past Saturday, December 10, the Codman Square Health Center hosted their annual Holiday Gift Giveaway Celebration at the Codman Square Great Hall. The gift giveaway was a resounding success thanks to the hard work of a number of partner organizations that came together to support this great cause.

Included amongst these were MyDorchester, Notre Dame Academy, Toys for Tots, Dutch Maid Bakery Inc., Uber Boston, and Home.stead Bakery & Cafe. Our very own SCI AmeriCorps member, Giavanna Wilson, who serves at the center, was heavily involved in coordinating the event. She organized the volunteers, negotiated gift donations, and oversaw most of the behind-the-scenes preparations.

At the end of the giveaway, the center gave out 730+ gifts to more than 250 families in need in the Dorchester community. Not only that, but volunteers and families alike got to enjoy pizza and cakes donated by local food joints while listening to festive holiday music throughout the day. Overall, the Dorchester community was able to come together and celebrate the joy of the holidays with one another!