Shared my views on the limitations of online community platforms with readers of the ‘Financial Times’ this weekend.
Never thought I’d use the words ‘dystopic community myopia’!
Put this event and date in your diary – ‘A New Social Capital Agenda – new ideas for transforming the relationship between social capital, social media and citizenship’. Senedd, Cardiff November 10th 4.30pm for 5-7.30pm
I believe Wales and the rest of the UK has a long-term crisis. Unless urgent action is taken our society faces serious consequences.
Fewer of us are getting involved in doing things, running things or just hanging around with each other – how we help each other to help each other, or what is formally known as ‘Social Capital’.
This limits our capacity to connect, co-operate and collaborate. It affects the very heartbeat of our communities.
Whether it is recognizing two tribes who are increasingly having less to do with each other in Post-Referendum UK, of, or simply things that we took for granted no longer happening; the impact of declining Social Capital is becoming evident. And many say it’s getting worse.
There is a need for a ‘New Social Capital Agenda’ that overcomes both the challenge of declining Social Capital in our communities, as well addressing the failure of the concept of ‘Social Capital’ itself to gain wider traction among change activists. We need to learn lessons and start things differently. Quickly.
The Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce and others have been investing in practical new approaches to address these questions to make a difference.
The great people at the Wakefield Creative network Cognitiv have kindly invited me to speak at their forthcoming event in September, where I will be sharing ‘Why you need to become a Social Capitalist‘.
Here’s their news release. If you’re in the area do come along. Or at least spread the word.
SOCIAL CAPITALISTS, THE KEY TO SUCCESS
Cognitiv, the not-for-profit group supporting the creative, digital and IT community across the Wakefield district will host Cognitiv Means Business on Wednesday 7th September, welcoming Andy Green who will look at the importance of becoming a social capitalist and how this is the key to career and business success.
Taking place at 5.30pm – 7.30pm at The Arthouse in Wakefield, Andy will deliver a thought-provoking, inspirational and practical session ‘Why you need to become a Social Capitalist’. Opening your eyes to the hidden crisis our society faces he will provide you with new hope, tools and ways forward to help you, your organisation and the communities you serve thrive.
A wonderful real world social experiment shows the power of Social Capital in action.
Two men are filmed walking through different neighbourhoods. Nothing unusual about that – except one is clearly an Arab Muslim, the other patently a Jew.
Their journey creates different responses. From the majority there’s initial astonishment and bemusement – a psychological response perhaps to their making themselves comfortable about observing an uncomfortable reality.
A minority make the point of engaging and sharing their endorsement and support of what the two men symbolise, of people of different faiths and communities coming together.
One reaction however verges on violent repudiation, with the Arab being aggressively accused by one passer-by of being a ‘terrorist’: a consequence, no doubt, of the abuser only ever seeing people in Arab dress in the media, tagged as ‘terrorists’.
How many working class people do you know? Did half the people you know vote Brexit?
The Referendum result revealed a disturbing reality of two tribes within Britain – and what’s worse they’re increasingly having less to do with each other.
It is all part of a hidden crisis within our society – the decline of Social Capital – and it was partly responsible for the recent Referendum result.
This hidden Social Capital crisis affects the very heartbeat of how our communities work. Fewer people devote themselves to the communal good. Less of us are getting involved in doing things, running things or just hanging around with each other – how we help each other to help each other – reducing our capacity to connect, co-operate and collaborate.
As a result, things we took for granted in our communities start to happen less and less, or not happen at all, and people are increasingly operating within distinct silos of like-minded people – and we are all poorer as a result.