Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Foundation wants Atlanta region to connect more

If the term "social capital" doesn't yet ring a bell, it soon will.

Basically, it refers to the connectedness of people ­ whether they join civic clubs, how frequently they vote, how much they trust their neighbors and public officials.

According to the Regional Leadership Foundation, this is important because the more conis, according to the foundation, that area leaders have a lot of work to do before metro Atlanta is a trusting, cohesive region where the problems that affect all can be resolved quickly and collaboratively by private citizens and their public representatives.

In March, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta released the results of a social capital assessment of Atlanta.

The Regional Leadership Foundation is metro Atlanta's citizen organization, and this summer is inviting thousands of men and women who have an interest in building better communities to participate in a regional discussion of social capital. The group will host four interactive forums around the metro area and invites local leaders to join the nearest session.

Scheduled speakers include Bill Bolling, executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Alicia Philipp, executive director of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. At each ocation, the foundation also will moderate a panel discussion of local civic leaders.

July 17 ­ Maloof Auditorium, Decatur.

July 24 ­ Dorothy Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, Sandy Springs.

Aug. 7 ­ Clayton State Continuing Education Center, Morrow.

Aug. 15 ­ Gwinnett Public Library, Collins Hills Branch, Lawrenceville.

The forums are free and open to the public, but because of limited seating, reservations are required.

You may register online at

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