ABOUT US

THE SAGUARO SEMINAR: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN AMERICA

is an ongoing initiative of Professor Robert D. Putnam at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The project focuses on expanding what we know about our levels of trust and community engagement and on developing strategies and efforts to increase this engagement. A signature effort was the multi-year dialogue (1995-2000) on how we can increasingly build bonds of civic trust among Americans and their communities.

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THE MISSION OF THE SAGUARO SEMINAR
From 1995-2000, the Saguaro Seminar strove to develop a handful of far-reaching, actionable ideas to significantly increase Americans' connectedness to one another and to community instruction.

Since 2000, the Seminar's mission is both to improve social capital measurement and the availability of social capital data and to undertake analysis of building social capital in a changing environment -- in increasingly diverse communities, with changing faith communities, in workplaces, and amidst greater social and civic inequality.

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SOCIAL CAPITAL PRIMER

The central premise of social capital is that social networks have value. Social capital refers to the collective value of all "social networks" (who people know) and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other ("norms of reciprocity").

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NEWS

DAVID BROOKS' OP ED IN THE NYTIMES "ON THE OPPORTUNITY GAP"

In a year consumed by the inequality problem, one demographic has gone largely unreported: our children. Robert Putnam sheds new light...

Read more about our Inequality Research here.

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ROBERT PUTNAM IN THE BULLETIN OF ITALIAN POLITICS WITH SERGIO FABBRINI

A new article has been published based on the laudatio read at the ceremony to confer the laurea honoris causa in Political Science on Professor Robert D. Putnam at the Libera Universita Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) Guido Carli on 17 May 2011.

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AMERICAN GRACE WINS BEST POLITICAL SCIENCE BOOK OF 2010-2011.

Robert D. Putnam (Harvard) and David E. Campbell (Univ. of Notre Dame) have been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (Simon and Schuster). The Wilson Award of the American Political Science Assocation (APSA) recognizes the "best book published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year on government, politics, or international affairs".

visit our American Grace website

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AMERICAN GRACE

AMERICAN GRACE: How Religion Divides and Unites Us

by David Campbell and Robert D. Putnam, released in October 2010.

American Grace is a major achievement, a fascinating look at religion in today’s America. Unique among nations,America is deeply religious, religiously diverse and remarkably tolerant. But in recent decades, the nation’s religious landscape has been reshaped.




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