I want to speak today about social capital—the bonds of trust that we form between neighbors, colleagues, acquaintances, new and old—and how essential it is to the health and prosperity of any community. More specifically, I want to talk about our communal responsibility not only to build social capital with those easily within our familiar frame of social reference, but also to bridge to others, less obviously or directly a part of our “social family.” And, I want to take note of how hard this is to do, and analyze some of the commonplace obstacles, with the hope that reflection on them will help us all overcome these social hurdles.
Cantor, Nancy, "Building social capital with bonds and bridges" (2007). Office of the Chancellor. 16.
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