Written by Paul Demuth, Nan Nelson, Noel Halvorsen and Others

Social capital is the stock of social trust, norms and networks, formal and informal, that allow us to know and trust one another and solve common problems. In a changing community, new forces might strain a community’s ability to work collectively for the greater good. We set out to learn about current social capital in our community. [Click Understanding Social Capital and How it Works in Our Community (2002) to read the full paper.]