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.


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.

UVU Review. "Rich or poor: 'All kids are our kids.'" (KresLynn Knouse, 4/19/14)

Globe and Mail. "Equal opportunity a right that Canada must preserve." (Hugh Segal & Carolyn Hughes Tuohy, 4/18/14)

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)

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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