Books & Articles

Social Capital: The Key to Macro Change

  • Shifting from the “micro” model found in so many policies and procedures that approach the person with a physical, mental, or emotional disability as “the problem,” this new book on social capital by Condeluci and Fromknecht offers a “macro” approach for human services in the community and for people with disabilities. By helping people find their commonality, disabilities matter less. This is an essential book for any provider or organization involved in clinical care, residential services, and support services. It will challenge readers to self-examine their policies and program models and recognize that we are all interdependent.

  • Click here to read a recent review of this book by the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Board (review starts on page 10) 


SOCIAL CAPITAL: An Investment in our Culture

  • This article by Paul Header looks at the question of what makes a strong community. His careful analysis underscores the impact of relationships and social capital and and he concludes that " in order to have an empowered community we need to start with a belief in the power of the community members, the power of everyday people.”  


Connected Communities: How Australia's Social Capital has declined

  • This opinion piece by the website Pro Bobo Australia, examines social capital on the community level in Australia. Very interesting article and perspective.