SCI Helps Make Summit a Success

PRESS RELEASE:

Governor Deval Patrick

Local nonprofit Social Capital Inc. (SCI), a member of the planning committee for the first ever Massachusetts Civic Engagement Summit, announced today that the Civic Engagement Summit was a great success. A team of ten SCI staff and volunteers, traveled to Worcester for this important event.

Governor Deval Patrick was a featured speaker at the event. "I wish you would take a look at yourselves. Your presence confirms what I've suspected for a long time ... people are hungry to reconnect," said Governor Patrick.

Other keynote speakers include Tom Sander, Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar at Harvard; Lt. Governor Tim Murray; Josh Kraft, Executive Director, Jordan Boys & Girls Club, Chelsea; and Paul Epstein, Co-founder, A Foundation to Be Named Later.

A turnout of over 700 people for this landmark event shattered the projected attendance number of 400. “With this abundant interest in civic engagement in our Commonwealth, there is a great deal of momentum for efforts to get people more involved in their communities,” said David Crowley, SCI President and Founder.

Crowley was a member of the Summit steering committee, and led a session for 125 participants on “Social Capital, Diverse Neighborhoods and Networks”. Others from SCI joining Crowley at the event were Crystal Johnson, Marisa Luse, Mike Sances, Andrew Gibson, Caitlin O’Reilly, Carla Smith, Carlotta Richardson, Alex de Genova, and David Eggleton.

The summit itself consisted of five sessions, covering Volunteerism; Business Partnerships; Social Capital, Diverse Neighborhoods & Networks; Politics and Policymaking; and Lifetime Citizenship through Education. The five sessions spanned the morning and afternoon, focusing on strategies, tactics and a call to action.

SCI was one of over 50 organizations that worked together to make the event a success. Lead sponsors for the Massachusetts Civic Engagement Summit were The Boston Globe, Cisco and the State Street Corporation. For a full list of sponsors please visit http://www.commonimpact.org/civicsummit/sponsors.asp.

All interested citizens are invited to join the discussion about civic engagement at http://masscivicaction.org, a website SCI is hosting as a resource for following-up on the discussion at the summit.