Who We Are

The Saguaro Team

The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in Americais an exciting initiative of Professor Robert D. Putnam at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Since 1996, the project has focused on expanding what we know about our levels of trust and community engagement and on developing strategies and efforts to increase this engagement. A signature effort has been a multi-year dialogue we have held on how we can increasingly build bonds of civic trust among Americans and their communities.

Since 2000, the Seminar's mission has been to 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.

Our staff is a small and dedicated group, and is supported by a team of talented researcher assistants.

Meet our Staff by clicking on the pages on the side bar to the left.

"We must learn to view the world through a social capital lens."

"We need to look at front porches as crime fighting tools, treat picnics as public health efforts and see choral groups as occasions of democracy. We will become a better place when assessing social capital impact becomes a standard part of decision-making."

Lew Feldstein, Co-chair of the Saguaro Seminar and President of NH Charitable Foundation.