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.

 Professor Putnam discusses poverty with President Obama, Arthur Brooks. Watch it here!

Robert D. Putnam's new book,  Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisisis available for order here. 

Fox News Radio “Putnam: Political ‘Shouting Matches’ Only Hurt Our Children” (Alan Colmes, 6/3/15)

Brookings Institute “Inequality and social mobility: Be afraid” (Isabel Sawhill, 5/27/15)

The New York Review of Books Unhappy Days in America” (Nicholas Lemann, 5/21/15)

New York Times “Obama Urges Liberals and Conservatives to Unite on Poverty” (Michael Shear, 5/12/15)

Georgetown University “Obama Joins Summit on Overcoming Poverty in U.S. at Georgetown” (5/12/15)

Time Pope Francis’ Poverty Agenda Draws President Obama” (Elizabeth Dias, 5/11/15)

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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.

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The number of socially isolated Americans has more than doubled over the 2 decades from 1984-2004 from 10% to a quarter of all Americans.

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Civic engagement and volunteering is the new hybrid health club for the 21st century that's free to join and miraculously improves both your health and the community's through the work performed and the social ties built.

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