Social Scientists have found that over the past century, social capital (a measure of the strength of our communities and of our connectedness) has dramatically declined. By many measures, Americans have become more isolated and our communities, less connected.
First of all, think about your community – the place you live, the people you live around, the space you share. Is your community healthy? Are people connected? Is there a sense of inclusion and unity?
First, let’s diagnose the level of social capital (connectivity) of your community as a whole.
Let’s start simply. On a scale of 1 to 5, five being extremely connected, 1 being extremely disconnected, how does your community score?
What was your community score?
To summarize, based on the results of the survey, how would you characterize the health and strength of your community?
Diagnose your own personal level of social capital with the following test
Community Self Evaluation
Now let’s evaluate your own level of community involvement by completing the following survey .
Let’s start simply. On a scale of 1 to 5, five being extremely connected, 1 being extremely disconnected, how connected are you to your community?
Now let’s focus a bit on the details. Evaluate the following parts of you life (categories below) and how they impact your connection to your community.
Give yourself between 1 and 5 points depending on your answer for each of the following categories
5-Greatly increases my connection to community
4-Slightly increases my connection to community
3-Has no effect on my connection to community
2-Slightly diminishes my connection to community
1-Greatly diminishes my connection to community
_____ Civic Engagement (clubs, groups, institutions)
_____ Home (neighborhood, home)
_____ Food (the way you eat)
Based on the results of the survey, how connected are you to your community?
How do you imagine the average American would score on the quiz?