Jan 21, Buiness and Community Stakeholders

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Business and Community Stakeholders 21/01/2008 14:20:00 Civil Society (Social Segment) The Community, volunteer sector, civic sector, civil society Who is included? The Community, but also: o United Way o Foundations (Maytree, Atkinson) o Canadian Center for Philanthropy o Kids Help Phone o Caledon Institute o Planned Parenthood o Sun Youth o Charities What Characterizes the segment? Activities mainly instituted through forms of reciprocal relationships of  solidarity Based on “good neighborliness” and social trust  It’s value system is reciprocity-based: o Engagement o Commitment o Trust o Obligation
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o Cooperation o Collaboration The social segment is the bonding force – the social glue that helps unite  diverse interests Overall Characteristics Relative to the economic and political segments Smaller, more cooperative, less hierarchical organizations Large number of women relative to men Less emphasis on private accumulation and minimizing cost, more emphasis  on public goods and maximizing participation Activities are more labour intensive Importance is placed on gratitude, obligation, generalized reciprocity and  symbols The Contemporary Civil Society Now features: o Involved Communities o NGOs/Interest Groups/Associations that are “issue-oriented” o Knowledge groups/Institutes/think Tanks Civic entrepreneurs linking community and economic development The Dynamics of the Civil Society (Social Segment) The dynamics of this sector are somewhat different from the other two  sectors: In the economic segment, emerging issues are translated into opportunities  for profit – the  sorting mechanism is competition
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In the political segment, the government must learn from values and views of  its citizens following which the  sorting mechanism is redistributing and  coercion In the social segment, the art of  associating,  rooted in civil society  provides the third sorting mechanism  – and kicks in generally when the  other two fail. The third sector is a set of  social arrangements  that are continually evolving  into  active networks  of non-market and non-state arrangements Social Capital – Some perspectives Social Capital is generally defined as the  relationships, networks,  and  norms  that facilitate collective action (Alfred LeBlanc, ISUMA, Spring 2001) Social Capital directs attention to the  relationships  that shape the realization  of human capital’s potential for the individual and collectively (tom Schuller, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2009 for the course TEFLER ADM1300 taught by Professor Koppel during the Fall '09 term at University of Ottawa.

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