Here are the best social capital related articles Jon and I have noticed over the last month or so. What else have you seen, or indeed written?

March 6 - Why Coworking is Perfect for Building a Strong Workspace Community
… and developing social capital. 

February 28 - No, It's Not An Oxymoron: How To Create A Human Workplace
Some good examples of non technology based connection though I’m not convinced these are opposites. 

February 27 - Making the Invisible Visible
Deloitte on formal and informal structures. Interesting, and a useful boost for ONA, though for me rather limited by their classification of organisations as either hierarchy or networks of teams. And I think the metric comparing one to the other is therefore rather meaningless? 

February 27 - Study Finds Artists Become Famous through Their Friends, Not the Originality of Their Work
While past studies have suggested that there is a link between creativity and fame, Ingram and Banerjee found, in contrast, that there was no such correlation for these artists. Rather, artists with a large and diverse network of contacts were most likely to be famous, regardless of how creative their art was. 

February 25 - Research: Men and Women Need Different Kinds of Networks to Succeed
Great piece from Brian Uzzi on different networking needs for men and women’s progression to leadership roles 

February 22 - Economic insecurity is rising, and social capital may be making it worse
Deals with national social capital and we know we need bridging as well as bonding social capital, but some very interesting impacts (or correlations - do poorer economic situations lead to closer bonding?) which may relate to organisations too. 

February 20 - The Dalai Lama on Why Leaders Should Be Mindful, Selfless, and Compassionate
The Dalai Lama presents the case for compassion. 

February 15 - No, You Can’t Ignore Email. It’s Rude.
Yes, email is a pain, but I agree with Adam Grant, passing your own stress on to other people is not the right way to deal with the problem. 

February 15 - How many groups should you join?
Cai Kjaer’s data says 19, but most people only participate in 2. For me, this is the complementary opposite to Jakob Nielsen's participatory inequality rule. And the obvious question is what would need to happen to make this one of your two key groups? 

The robot-proof skills that give women an edge in the age of AI
I agree AI means that EQ is increasingly more important than IQ. Personally, I can’t see a problem with ‘soft skills’. Yes, these are often associated with feminity, but I think men need to get to grips with the fact that it is the skills and behaviours typically associated with women that are now the most valued, if they’re not to be left behind. 

February 6 - How to Build Workplace Connections That Help Us Succeed
Some great suggestions for developing both individual and organisational social capital, eg getting people to gell stories about themselves 

February 4 - What People Analytics can learn from Dynamic Network Theory
Really interesting, but - and you’ve probably heard this from me before - the key thing isn’t the analytics, it’s the perspective and the outcome. If you’re focusing on social capital, then of course you’ve going to base your people analytics on network science. And if not, you don’t need to learn from it. 

February 1 - Are geniuses bad at collaboration?
For me, the answer is generally yes. Some more nuanced arguments from the Institute of Leadership & Management here.

January 29 - The Six Principles of Conversational Transformation
Focus on conversation over technology 

There is also a new book out on social capital: Innovation and Social Capital in Organizational Ecosystems
Brychan Celfyn Thomas (University of South Wales, UK) and Lyndon John Murphy (Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK)

I hope someone who doesn’t mind paying $180 will review it for us here!

Some members may also be interested in the new Social and Human Capital measurement Protocol.
This deals with social capital in its broadest context and mainly as a supplementary benefit on top of financial success whereas I at least see organisational social capital as the main basis for financial success. I also always worry about suggestions that social and human capital will be consistently measured and valued in corporate, investor and government decision-making (p67) as for me the things which make social capital interesting are generally unique to a particular organisation. However, it’s one more thing which should further interest in our agenda. 

Any thoughts of questions? (please add as comments)

Or what articles have I missed?
And of course, please do share anything you find interesting and relevant during March! (and add or link to anything you share personally elsewhere we well).

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