How Ignite Phoenix Will Save the World - Eric Weisbrod

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Event: Ignite Phoenix 3 @ TCA
Event Date: February 25th, 2008

My presentation is based upon the book Bowling Alone: The collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert Putnam. I plan to draw on ideas and illustrations from the book in order to present how community involvement has declined in America over the last 50 years, why this trend is happening, and why reviving community is important. Finally, I will discuss why Ignite Phoenix is an important step towards reviving our sense of community and urge the audience to bridge the gap from virtual community involvement to physical involvement.

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  • How Ignite Phoenix Will Save the World - Eric Weisbrod

    1. 1. Presented by Eric Weisbrod
    2. 2. <ul><li>Social Capital : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social capital refers to those stocks of social trust, norms and networks that people can draw upon to solve common problems. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. (Table 1, p.45) Served as an officer of some club or organization -42% Worked for a political party -42% Served on a committee for some local organization -39% Attended a public meeting on town or school affairs -35% Made a speech -25% Participated in at least one of twelve activities -25%
    4. 4. (Fig 8, p.45) 1900 1950 2000 World War II Great Depression World War I
    5. 5. Fraction of Adult Population (Fig 13, p.71) 1940 1970 2000 20% 55 %
    6. 6. Percentage of National Income (Fig 31, p.124) 2000 1960 1920 0% 2.5% 1.5%
    7. 7. Members per 1000 Men and Women Aged 20 and Over Men Women Bowling Alone: The rise and fall of league bowling The fraction of American families that consistently eat dinner together has dropped by 1/3 over the last 20 years. (Fig 26, p.112) (p.100) 1900 2000 1950 10 90 50
    8. 8. (Fig 79, p.284) Generational Change Work TV Sprawl Other ?
    9. 9. (Table 3, p.252) Relative Change Age 18 – 29 Age 30 – 44 Age 45 – 59 Age 60+ Attend Church Weekly -57% -52% -31% -10% Attended Public Meeting -57% -50% -34% -21% Officer or Committee Member of Local Org -53% -53% -41% -24% Took Part in Any of 12 Forms of Civic Life -44% -31% -22% -11%
    10. 10. % of Adults Watching Television (Fig 59, p.227)
    11. 11. Percentage of All Women (Fig 48, p.198) 1975 1990 2000 0% 40% Work for financial reasons Work for personal satisfaction
    12. 12. Part III:
    13. 13. “… across the various Kids Count indicators, social capital is second only to poverty in the breadth and depth of its effects on children’s lives.” (p.297) <ul><li>Selected Kids Count Indicators: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infant mortality rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child death rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen birth rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Percent of teens who drop out of high school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Percent of children in poverty </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Tax Evasion Social Capital Index (Fig 89, p.343) Low Low High High NV WV OK DE NC NY TN KY FL PA VA NJ FL MN NM AR TX LA MS AL GA SC MD MT NE IA NH WA WI ME WY OR UT IN CT CO KS MA ID MI MO AZ RI CA OH IL SD VT ND
    15. 15. (Fig 88, p.334) Volunteered Attended Club Meetings Entertained at Home Attended Church 0 60 30 Happiness Times Per Year
    16. 16. Part 4: We Phoenix
    17. 17. <ul><li>Remember 1899? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urbanization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrialization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul></ul>“ The Great Society created by steam and electricity may be a society, but it is no community…” - John Dewey (p.377)
    18. 18. (Fig. 96, p.388)
    19. 19. (pp. 386 - 7) Organization Founding Date American Red Cross 1881 Sierra Club 1892 American Bowling Congress 1895 Big Brothers 1903 Rotary 1905 NAACP 1909 Boy Scouts 1910 Kiwanis 1915
    20. 20. <ul><li>Bonding Capital – How we get by. </li></ul><ul><li>Bridging Capital – How we get ahead. </li></ul>All information cited in this presentation is taken from the book: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community By Robert D. Putnam Special Thanks to Tomas Carrillo for assisting in replicating charts

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