Dividends from strengthening networks of social relationships

A new report ‘Community Capital: The value of connected communities‘ comes out of the RSA and two university partners working with communities in seven locations in England to research and strengthen relationships within communities.

Social relationships have a value. The activities and research presented in this report demonstrate that through working with communities this value can be grown by connecting people to one another in their local areas.

We argue that investing in interventions which build and strengthen networks of social relationships will generate four kinds of social value or ‘dividend’ shared by people in the community: A wellbeing dividend, a citizenship dividend, a capacity dividend, and an economic dividend.

Report available for download via RSA page.