Tenth in our Best practices in Community Empowerment series.
David Crowley is President & Founder of Social Capital Inc, which strengthens communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. SCI envisions a nation where individuals are strongly connected to their neighbors, and play an active role in shaping the destiny of their communities. This ‘social capital’ will result in communities that are safer, healthier and more vital. SCI is currently working in ten Massachusetts locations. Prior to founding SCI, David worked in the nonprofit sector for over fifteen years. Among other things, he started and directed the Kentucky Community Service Commission, responsible for AmeriCorps and other service programs. David is also Dad & Chief Cook at The Homefront. These are his top 5 must-reads for everyone who wants to build social capital in their neighborhoods.
150 Things you can do to build social capital/Saguaro Seminar for Civic Engagement in America – Good list of simple things anyone can do to build social capital in their community.
Social Capitalist Values & Competencies/Social Capital Inc. – This is an overview of the values and competencies that frame our work and training curriculum. Had to include one of our own items!
Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide(pdf)/Trellon – Clearly social media is important for community builders to understand. I’ve read lots of good articles on the subject but this seems to be a good overview of the subject.
2010 Civic Health Index/NCOC – Good source of current data on civic engagement. Other helpful articles on the site too.
Civic Engagement Organizations on Twitter – Organizations and individuals I’ve found with a focus on civic engagement. Follow this stream for steady flow of ideas and resources! Let me know if I’m missing any.
Next up: Kevin Harris of Neighbourhoods