Episode 81 - Jessica Greenawalt: Using Social Capital to Achieve Goals in a Low-Income, Immigrant Community

Monday, October 03, 2011, 8:41:53 AM

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Jessica Greenawalt discusses her work with the Chelsea Collaborative Social Capital Campaign to improve community-level outcomes. The Collaborative used participatory action research methods to assess the community's needs and develop initiatives to meet those needs through civic engagement.

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Average Rating: 5stars  social capital works!, Monday, January 30, 2012

By Brandon C. :

I really enjoyed listening to this podcast and hearing about the work that Ms. Greenwalt and the Chelsea Collaborative have done. I definitely agree with her definition of social capital and how it can positively impact a community. It was pretty good how the "bonding" and "bridging" aspects of social capital, were delineated, as far as how they manifest themselves in both the low and high-socioeconomic communities. This led to a great discussion on the individual power-imbalance that exists between both communities. Fortunately, the research and work done by Ms. Greenwalt and the Chelsea Collaborative have begun to address the concerns of this low-socioeconomic status community. What I also liked is how this process of empowerment and strengthening both parts of their social capital, wasn't done to the residents of Chelsea, but rather with them. Residents of the community were a part of the process at all steps and their work culminated in the development of neighborhood associations. Which finally allowed for a platform of advocacy for their community among the local 'controllers of power'. Hearing about the successes of this approach to helping others inspires me and opens my eyes to new ideas as well. Overall, I really liked this podcast, and definitely recommend this to anyone who doubts the power of building social capital!

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