8. SocialCapital

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In this class we explore social capital as the umbrella term we use to value a complex set of inner quadrant qualities such as creativity, innovation, social skills, connectivity, emotional intelligence, knowledge, wisdom, cultural awareness, etc., all of which have a critical part to play in re-designing any technology & therefore society as a whole.    "Sustainable Development" has been criticized as a term for being inherently contradictory, but when all quadrants are taken into account, we can see that a major growth in the interior quadrants (personal development & culture) will probably be key in achieving any significant reduction in physical consumption or material growth, so 'sustainable development' is far from contradictory as a term. So how do we design for increasing and improving social capital?

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; 
they fear each other because they don't know each other; 
they don't know each other because they can not communicate; 
they can not communicate because they are separated. 

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Social Capital Defined

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