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.
Relationships are central—to strengthening communities, to individual well-being.
We can do more by working together. Straight-forward enough!
Build on strengths--everyone has something to contribute, and individuals can make a greater contribution when we are connected.
Bridging social capitalis especially important—creating relationships across differences, finding and cultivating points of commonality.
Communities are strengthened by many different acts of participation. Some problems are best solved informally amongst neighbors; others lend themselves to being addressed by volunteers; while others require political action.
Place matters. This has two subpoints: i) relationships in place-based communities still matter-- I can get a great recipe for chicken soup from a Facebook friend in Australia, but that friend can't bring me soup when I'm sick; ii) the physical contours of a community—natural and people-created—play an important role in the social relationships of a community.
Openness to discourse and the willingness to seek common ground, especially with those of different backgrounds and views.
These are the Social Capitalist Competencies that we use to structure our curriculum:
1) Wear Social Capitalist Lenses
a. Understand social capital and its importance
b. Articulate the importance of social capital to others.
2.Map Your Community
a. Track community stakeholders and their motivations
b.Inventory the unique resources within your community
3.Bridge Diverse Cultures
a.Understand the values and norms of cultures within your community
b.Adapt your strategy and message to bring people of diverse backgrounds together for the common good
4.Create & Nurture Your Networks
a.Be a relentless relationship-builder and connector
b.Use technology to connect people together
5.Engage Youth to Lead
a.Develop youth leadership skills
b.Coach youth as they develop community projects
a.Recruit and manage volunteers
b.Engage citizens in their community
a.Develop project plans, budgets and timelines
b.Run flawless events
8.Tell Your Story
a.Tell compelling anecdotes about the impact of your work
b.Use marketing and the media to spread the word
9.Build for the Long Term
a.Create a long-term vision for change
b.Prospect, cultivate, ask, and steward prospective donors to support the vision
c.Develop internal systems to support lasting change