Social Capital

Definition: Social capital is “the consolidated appraisal of all civil networks (who people know) and the affection that awaken from these chains to do things for each other (“model of mutuality”). The central surrounding of social fundamental is that social chains have value” (Better together initiative,n.d.).

Social capital is about specific benefits that are achieved from the use of social networks, such as reciprocity, trust, cooperation and information. Essentially it creates value for the people who are connected.

Social capital:

  • Sense of inclusion
  • Networks: Bonding/Bridging
  • Feelings of trust and well being
  • Mutuality
  • Engagement
  • Citizen power/imagination
  • Utility, typical, outlook in life.
  • miscellany

In addition to building our social capital we are in fact increasing our social and communication skills. Furthermore, we are growing our general digital literacy, whilst increasing our psychological wellbeing, as we feel connected and respected through the engagement with others (Duke University, n.d.

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