Project of the Week>>> Consideration of “Social Capital” for Coworking

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2011 von Felix Schürholz in Kategorie: CoWorking Basics, Konzeptionelles, CoWorking Calendar, CoWorking Kultur, CoWorking News International, Project of the Week, Studien und Trends | Trackback URL | Zur Diskussion

For a long time coworking activists and space managers have been struggling to describe the “extra-value” you create and receive when working in a coworking space instead of working from home. I believe the sociological concept of “Social Capital” could provide this valuable description. In short, according to James Coleman, social capital is: “ … anything that facilitates individual or collective action, generated by networks of relationships, reciprocity, trust, and social norms.”" And how do we measure or quantify social capital? Here the definition of Nan Lin gives us a clue. Social capital is: an “Investment in social relations with expected returns in the marketplace.” To summarize, we are talking about a sociological concept with an economic focus.  Following the thought of Nan Lin, we therefore need to take a closer look  at “the  financial return in the marketplace”.

The reason for choosing  ”Consideration of Social Capital for Coworking” as “Project of the Week” for “Week 25″ in 2011: Research on Coworking and its effects on society is still very young. We are just about  in the process of finding a language and bringing together various areas of scientific research and economic activity. The use and consideration of “Social Capital” in the context of coworking provides a very promising way to attract more people to coworking and to establish a sound foundation of discussion.

In a very practical way this discussion has already started and is showing an effect  in the Facebook Group “Coworking Worldwide” which has  tripled in size (130 to 393 members) this week.  If you are interested to learn more about  Social Capital you might be interested in the Third Social Capital World Forum in Austria from the 23rd to the 24th of September 2011 (see also Open International CoWorking Calendar).



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