The Saguaro 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.

News

NEW! Robert D. Putnam's upcoming book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is slated for publication in 2015. Read the press release from Simon & Schuster here.

Wall Street Journal. "A bipartisan consensus on income inequality?" (William Galston, 4/15/14)

Huffington Post. "Caring for 'our kids' is a faith challenge." (Katherine Marshall, 4/14/14)

The Columbus Dispatch. "Income-gap issues play role in elections." (Joe Vardon, 4/13/14)

Maclean's Magazine. "America is moving toward a caste society." (Tamsin McMahon, 4/8/14)

The Atlantic. "It Helps to Like Your Neighbor During a Natural Disaster." (Emma Green, 4/3/14)

NPR News. "Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct an Opt-Out Society." (Alan Greenblatt, 3/28/14)

See all our recent news articles

Research

Saguaro is currently researching the impact of economic hard times on social capital and civic engagement, as well as some worrying new evidence of a growing "class gap" among American young people. Children from upper-middle class backgrounds are increasingly well-nested in family, religious, and community networks, whereas kids from working class backgrounds are increasingly isolated from such connections.

This phenomenon is a compound problem, as both changing family structure and income inequality have had a hand in the demise of equal opportunity and the American Dream.

Learn more about our opportunity gap research