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The Week in Social Capital

The past week was one in which there were many interesting things to read and share related to our mission at Social Capital Inc.  Each of these probably warrants its own post; but I will consolidate here in the interest of time!  Each bullet point leads off with a link to the resource summarized here.

*Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication Tip to paper authors: include SCI as a model in your paper and it will get priority mention here! This paper by Peter Levine is one of a series from the Aspen Institute that elaborates on the ideas initially proposed by the Knight Commission Informing Communities report. Peter's first recommendation is to create a national Civic Communication Corps, and includes a profile of SCI's AmeriCorps team as a model for the idea (see p. 18 for that part).  The paper opens with a good framing of the important role information plays in civic life, and some of the challenges posed by the changing media landscape. Read more

Pairing Good Food, Wine and Conversation

The Group getting food at the Wine PairingFood is a great way to bring people together, and enjoying some good wine along with the food doesn't hurt conversation either! We definitely put together the ingredients for a fun event last night at the Griffin Museum in Winchester.  Read more

SCI Highlighted in "Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication"

With the help of a big cup of coffee, I'm starting my day in Chicago, looking forward to an Aspen Institute Roundtable discussion of the just-released paper "Five Strategies for Reviving Civic Communication".  Read more

Social Capitalist Values & Competencies

I realized we didn't have our Social Capitalist Values and Competencies together in one spot on our website, so am remedying that by posting here, starting with our Social Capitalist Values.
  1. Relationships are central—to strengthening communities, to individual well-being. 
  2. We can do more by working together.
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6 Small Biz Social Media Articles & Great Examples

Preparing for my "Putting Social Media to Work for Your Small Business" presentation last night (described and available for viewing here), I came across some great articles and examples on the subject--with help from social media friends of course!  Here are the articles I referenced, with links; I'd welcome suggestions for others to add:

Small Businesses Benefit from Social Media, Study Reveals From Social Media Examiner

5 Quick Ways to Liven Up Your Twitter Stream Mashable.com (with good small biz examples)

30 Social Media Case Studies Penn-Olson.com

How Social Media Grew Foiled Cupcakes Sales by 90% BizSugar.com Read more

Putting Social Media to Work for Your Business Presentation

Last night I spoke with members of the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Boston on "Putting Social Media to Work for Your Business.  As promised, I am posting the presentation slides here as a Google document for convenient, paper-free reference. 

The presentation will probably be of most use to people who attended last night, as some of the slides are simply screen shots that I talked through.  However, I think the much of the presentation would also be useful to others interested in the subject.  The slides includes some general tips for social media, specific steps to use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for business purposes, and quite a few examples and references to good articles.  It is primarily geared for people fairly new to using social media for business, but again, some of the info might be of interest to the more experienced. Read more

No Bag Please! Earth Day & Every Day

In a flash, the cashier had placed the collander into a large plastic bag. "I don't need a bag, I can carry that," I said.

"Oh, I've already used it, it's easier to just leave it in the bag," came the response. I started wondering, how many bags get wasted needlessly based on this kind of response?  Since then, I've been waging a little individual campaign, trying to cut down on the number of bags used on my behalf and occasionally encouraging stores to cut down on the bags they use. Read more

Upcoming Event: Putting Social Media to Work for Your Business

Next Tuesday, April 26, I will be doing a presentation on "Putting Social Media to Work for Your Business" at the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce (HACC) Business After Hours event at Fisher College.  Registration is at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6 p.m.  The free event is open to non-members but requires an RSVP. Today (Wednesday 4/20) is the RSVP deadline, if you are reading this after that date, check with the HACC office to see if there is still room.  Call 617.353.1114 or email events AT hacc.com to save a spot for yourself.

The presentation will be geared to those fairly new to using social media for their business. I'll be reviewing some benefits to using social media, how to develop an appropriate strategy, and some basic tips for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and FourSquare.  I'll post the slides following the event. More details can be found in the attached flyer.

 

Creating a National Civic Communication Corps

David co-authored this post with Peter Levine, Director of Research and Director of CIRCLE (Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement) at Tufts University.

Go for a hike in a state or national park, and you are likely to run into some legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Formed in the depths of the Great Depression to give young men work that met public needs, the CCC constructed bridges, trails and lodges that we still enjoy today.
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Creating Local Online Hubs: Lessons from SCI

Every community needs a portal, said the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.  The Knight Commission recently released a paper by Adam Thierer, Creating Local Online Hubs, which lays out a framework for moving on this recommendation.  SCI has developed a local community portal tool that we're now operating in eight Massachusetts communities, so I'd like to share some perspectives on Mr. Thierer's paper based on our experience. Read more

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