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.

The Brock Press. "Social Capital in France's Capital" (Jennifer Good, 10/01/14)

 Slate. "Trust Me: What I learned about the emotional side of our faith in others" (Ulrich Boser, 9/25/14).

Sentinel Source. "Hunger is best fought by a community, Age-Wise". (Owen R. Houghton, 9/21/14).

Fastcoexist. "Is Income Inequality Destroying Trust in Our Society?". (Sydney Brownstone, 9/17/14).

CNN. "How Ferguson Could Be America's Future." (John Blake, 8/23/14).

The Brookings Essay. "Saving Horation Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream." (Richard Reeves, 8/20/14).

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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