Q: What the heck is social capital, anyway?
A: Investopedia defines social capital as, "an economic idea that refers to the connections between individuals and entities that can be economically valuable."
In other words, social capital is the human side of community prosperity, the ties that bind us to our fellow citizens in ways that serve each other and the community as a whole, now and into the future. We think it's pretty important.
Q: How do you know about this stuff?
A: Our team members are blessed to have been there and done that. We also learned the hard way that change-making can be quite a challenge, especially when you don't have knowledgable support along the way.
Out of our team's hard-fought experience comes an extensive background in establishing missions and visions and objectives, conducting focus groups and community meetings, engaging leaders and volunteer forces, launching businesses and organizations, raising funds and community support, organizing initiatives and operations, communicating with stakeholders and the general public, and celebrating the fellowship and civicism that comes from well-built community. We love helping others because it turns out that change-making is awfully rewarding, too.
Q: Why do you care so much about helping my community?
A: Because you do! In our globalized world, any place worth our energies is simply a click away, and so the boundaries that might have governed the marketplace of doing good in the old days no longer apply. We couldn't be more excited about the work awaiting us out there.
We are proud to be part of the social entrepreneurial movement that is engaging citizens and improving communities across the country (and beyond). If you are interested in joining in, then we are excited to know all about you and the community you love. No project is too small or too large; no partnership is too simple or too complex.
Q: What kind of services can you offer me?
A: We serve a broad range of clients, from municipalities and NPOs to mom-and-pop shops and start-up community groups, and the product we can create for you reflects that fact. This page of our site gives you an idea of the 4 levels of service we have found to be useful to our clients (Start Alone, Start Small, Start Big, and Start a Movement), but we are happy to talk with you about your specific needs and our customized solutions.
We can support civic investment for you at any level you require. Our team has developed strategic plans for public education, supported business development, launched grassroots campaigns, facilitated community outreach, assisted in product development, consulted on organizational networking, provided creative direction, and spear-headed policy development. We are able to host your team at whatever location you choose, and we can facilitate whatever function you might dream up.
We are creative problem-solvers that thrive on a challenge. Contact us and tell us about yours; we'd like to help.
Q: We aren't ready to start something yet, but can you speak at our upcoming event?
A: Absolutely! We love to talk with like-minded folks and would be honored to be a part of your next community function.
We have standard presentations or can customize to your group's needs; simply contact us and tell us a little about where you are and what you would like. We look forward to hearing from you and think your group will enjoy hearing from us.
Q: Where can I read more about all of this?
A: We hope you will connect with us socially. We update our Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and Tumblr feeds as often as we have things we find interesting to share, and we love to strike up a conversation on the web.
Finally, we can recommend a few larger scale resources where you can dig deeper into the importance of social capital, the impact of community-building, the current best practices in civic engagement, and the opportunities available to help your own town or neighborhood:
Code for America
Project for Public Spaces
The Association for Community Design
The Congress for the New Urbanism
The Insight Labs
The Stanford Social Innovation Review
Q: You didn't answer my question, so can I ask another?
A: You bet! Just use the form below and a member of The Civic Hub team will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out to us.