Archived Webcast: Building Social Capital to Access Opportunities and Contribute to Our Communities


Social capital may seem like a contemporary buzzword, but the concept has been around for centuries. It is described in history, economics, sociology, and politics. It has been described in highly esoteric ways by numerous famous intellectuals. In this webcast, we take it down to the everyday level.  Social capital is a resource (something you can obtain, use, and invest), a catalyst (something that causes change), and an outcome (with potential benefits to both the individual and the community).  Social capital is about the connections we have with others; connections of value to all involved.  It is about linking with others in order to build a network, access opportunities and, in turn, contribute to the larger society, through our talents, creativity, energy, and care.  Social capital is never depleted by use; rather it expands the more you use it! George Tilson explores social capital as viewed through the eyes of several self-advocates: the importance it plays in their lives – in their accomplishments, how they handle obstacles, and their future aspirations.  We ponder how people with disabilities can build and invest in social capital to create meaningful outcomes in careers, lifelong learning, relationships, independent living, recreational pursuits, and overall community membership. (This webcast took place on 10/13/2016.)

Tag(s): After High School Employment High School Independent Living Self-Determination Transition