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.

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reza · February 19, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Dear Friend,
A group of researchers at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are investigating effects of Weblogs on “Social Capital”. Therefore, they have designed an online survey. By participating in this survey you will help researches in “Management Information Systems” and “Sociology”. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in this survey. It will take 5 to 12 minutes of your time.
Your participation is greatly appreciated. You will find the survey at the following link.
This group has already done another study on Weblogs effects on “Social Interactions” and “Trust”. To obtain a copy of the previous study brief report of findings you can email Reza Vaezi at

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