Community connectedness is not just about warm fuzzy tales of civic triumph. In measurable and well-documented ways, social capital makes an enormous difference in our lives...Social capital makes us smarter, healthier, safer, richer, and better able to govern a just and stable democracy.

— Robert D. Putnam

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What really matters from the point of view of social capital and civic engagement is not merely nominal membership, but active and involved membership.


Young Americans are dropping out of religion at an alarming rate of five to six times the historic rate.


A society that relies on generalized reciprocity is more efficient than a distrustful society, for the same reason that money is more efficient than barter. Trust lubricates social life. Networks of civic engagement also facilitate coordination and communication and amplify information about the trustworthiness of other individuals.


Our national myths often exaggerate the role of the individual heroes and understate the importance of collective effort.


Social capital may turn out to be a prerequisite for, rather than a consequence of, effective computer-mediated communication.


Positive people have more friends which is a key factor of happiness and longevity.


None of the people watching 'Big Brother' will bring you chicken soup if you get sick.


Look, we ought to do this for our kids.

.. We ought to have a high school so that every kid who grows up here - they're all our kids - gets a good high school education.


Busy people tend to forgo the one activity - TV watching _ that is most lethal to community involvement


How well you do in life shouldn't depend on how well your parents did.


School performance, public health, crime rates, clinical depression, tax compliance, philanthropy, race relations, community development, census returns, teen suicide, economic productivity, campaign finance, even simple human happiness - all are demonstrably affected by how (and whether) we connect with our family and friends and neighbours and co-workers.


People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.


About Robert D. Putnam

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Birthday January 9, 1941

Most Americans watch Friends rather than having friends.

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