Join us for the biggest neighborhood meeting of the year, the Annual Meeting of SNA members on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7PM at the Rochambeau Branch Library, 708 Hope Street.
We’ll review SNA activities, elect our new 2008 board and explore ways to build your non-monetary portfolio – your social capital account. The idea of social capital was popularized in Robert Putnam’s 1999 book Bowling Alone.
Briefly, Putnan says that who you know and the groups you belong to represent wealth just as real as your bank account (as if people in Providence didn’t know that!). In that sense, SNA is a sort of “social capital bank,” where neighbors build those networks that can help you shovel a sidewalk, keep an eye on your house, throw a block party or work together to get a pothole filled.
We’ll take a quick look at your personal neighobrhood “social capital account” and then start adding to it in small groups. If you haven’t had a social capital gain by 8:30, you’re not trying.
As usual, elected and city officials will attend to help us address neighborhood needs.