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Abstract: Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology

Collaborative Thinking

Annual Reviews. Overall, Portes adopts a positive position on social capital as a phenomenon and consequence of sociability. Coleman’s definition is somewhat vague, focusing on social structures and how such structures facilitate actions of its actors as the core elements. Portes concludes then that the consensus definition for social capital has become as follows: the ability of actors to secure benefits by virtue of membership in social networks or other social structures.

Abstract: Social Capital: Its Origins and Applications in Modern Sociology

Collaborative Thinking

Annual Reviews. Overall, Portes adopts a positive position on social capital as a phenomenon and consequence of sociability. Coleman’s definition is somewhat vague, focusing on social structures and how such structures facilitate actions of its actors as the core elements. Portes concludes then that the consensus definition for social capital has become as follows: the ability of actors to secure benefits by virtue of membership in social networks or other social structures.

Practical example: Ayuda Urbana

Joitske Hulsebosch

Even though membership is open to other cities, I still see the same members on the website now. They were each launched through a two-day workshop, facilitated by a team of the World Bank. The 'project' was adopted by the UCCI/CAMC in 2002 and the municipal councils have agreed to integrate it into their annual plans and alternate in taking the coordinating role for the communities and the website.

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Using social technologies to aid communities

John Tropea - Delicious Community

• Send out an annual reminder to community members, listing and explaining the tools that are available. Annual plans are created describing the activities and deliverables for that year. or social media tools to facilitate the creation and operation of its communities of practice.

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Cover story: Building healthy communities - Inside Knowledge

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Membership is mostly voluntary and, as community members share ideas and information, they deepen their knowledge of each other as they increase their knowledge of the topic and sense of connection.