“The term social capital is still not widely understood outside of academic or political circles, however there are many organisations delivering social, economic and environmental benefit as an outcome of their work, without using the term. The SCWF believes that greater knowledge of social capital, the terminology and the structures, can help demonstrate the value of such work and facilitate progress in our communities socially, environmentally and economically to bring about a more sustainable and prosperous society.”
SCWF 2011 in Dornbirn/Austria
The 3rd Social Capital World Forum took place on 23-24 September 2011 in Dornbirn, Austria. The event has been organised by Assist Social Capital, Buro fur Zukunkftsfragen and the University of Applied Science in Dornbirn, in collaboration with the Austrian Government’s Department for Life and Evangelisches Tagungs- und Studienzentrum in Boldern, Switzerland.
It was great to meet these great folks from different countries with very specific perspectives and multi-disciplinary insights. I realized that Social Capital has to be a central aspect in the “social wave observatory” of social foresight. Think about e.g. the riots in London in this year to understand the destructive power of negative Social Capital. And understand the role of trust and relation building in the Arab spring dynamics resulting in political transformation. The interesting question is to understand the complex dynamics of Social Capital in different contexts and settings. How to wisely create, modulate, “curate” or gardening it.