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.

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Education Next. Was Moynihan Right?” (Sarah McLanahan and Christopher Jencks, Spring 2015).  

Brookings. The Measure of a Nation: The Need for Better Data on Social Mobility”  (Richard V. Reeves, 12/22/14).

 Huffington Post. A Millenial Perspective on Interfaith Marriage: When Unchurched Meets Unmosqued ” (Frank Fredericks, 12/11/14).   

Huffington Post. Despite declining Religious Beliefs, Young Women Still Generously Giving To Charity” (Eleanor Goldberg, 11/14/14).

The Denver Channel. "First we didn't trust government, now we don't trust each other" (Dick Meyer, 11/12/14).

 The Telegraph. A good society that just goes on giving” (Cristina Odone, 11/03/14)

Patheos. "Churching Alone" (Kyle Roberts, 11/03/14).

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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.

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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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