Building Bridges

NCVO / Carnegie UK Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society

‘Bridging’ Social Capital Seminar Series

Seminar 1: Building Bridges

Date: 12 June 2008 (4.00 to 5.30)

Venue: NCVO

Our increasingly diverse societies have re-emphasised concerns around fragmentation and the importance of social cohesion. Social cohesion depends partly on being able to achieve the right balance between diversity and unity and on valuing the differences between people as well as the common bonds. Social capital, in its various forms, is the glue that can hold together individuals and communities.

This seminar is the first of a “series of seminars on 'bridging’ social capital, jointly organised by NCVO and the Carnegie UK Trust Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK & Ireland. The aim of the seminars is to improve the understanding of the dynamics of social capital by exploring its operation in a number of different contexts. The seminars will provide an opportunity for practitioners, academics and policymakers to share insights into how ‘bridging’ social capital is generated and how it can enhance the effectiveness of civil society associations and organisations committed to change and contribute to a more inclusive and socially just society.

The seminar will examine how voluntary and community organisations and other civil society organisations can successfully build bridges between different communities, and explore what lessons can be learnt from existing ‘bridging organisations’. Read the full details and book online.



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