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. 

Royal Society of Arts “RSA Replay: Closing the Opportunity Gap” (RSA Replay, 10/14/15)

National Catholic Reporter “Book a sobering account of growing gap between more and less affluent” (Paul Lakeland, 10/7/15)

Hufvudstadsbladet (Hbl) “‘Immigrants are a great asset‘” (Catherine Koivisto, 10/3/15)

Democrat & Chronicle “Bryant: Five ways to help ‘Our Kids’” (Erica Bryant, 10/2/15)

WAMC Radio “Author Robert D. Putnam to Host Forum on Income Inequality” (Ray Graf, 9/16/15)

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In March 2015, Putnam published Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, the culmination of a five-year study of the growing inequality gaps in America and why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. 

Drawing on this research, we have launched the Closing the Opportunity Gap initiative. We convened national experts in each of five areas – family and parenting; early childhood; K-12 years; community institutions; and “on-ramps,” like community college or apprenticeships – and in Fall 2015 will issue non-partisan white papers distilling the best evidence-based ideas for narrowing the opportunity gap.

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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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