I have had the pleasure of working with disability advocates recently in Lancaster PA to explore the aspects of social capital. In my first visit we did an overview of social capital, what it is, and why it is important to all of us. This session summarized the literature on social capital, explored benchmarks of community engagement, and the fact that people with disabilities have marginally less social capital.
I recently returned to Lancaster for a second round and to dig deeper on this concept and to explore ways and means we can assist people find more opportunities for building social capital. We had a more focused discussion and used a "positive deviance" analysis to pull out some of the variables and realities tied to people who are successful in relationships to see what might be common. It was a lively discussion.
At the end of the session I asked these folks if they could summarize our conversation in one word what would it be. Here is what they said:
Inclusion, Relationships, Special sauce, Investing, Empowerment, Regularity, Open-minded, Person-Focused, Persistent, Perseverant, Similarity
What is one word you would use to summarize your relationships/friendships?