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In his final chapter, Putnam outlines his recommendations for the future. He notes that his book up to this point has been focused on naming the problem we face: lack of social capital, with all its related issues.
Now, however, Putnam says "we need to create new structures and policies ... to facilitate renewed civic engagement." The difficulty, however, is actions by individuals are unlikely to have significant positive impacts. After all, social capital is all about participation, not entrepreneurial action.
He recommends a number of general solutions to the problem, specifically
He concludes the chapter by saying "we should do this, ironically, not because it will be good for America—though it will be—but because it will be good for us."
Putnam lays out an ambitious agenda for America in his last chapter. But, while he provides an overview of each area in which he hopes to see growth, he doesn't provide a blueprint for action. Instead, he hopes his book and his suggestions inspire action.
Since the publication of the book in 2000, a few of Putnam's recommendations have actually come to pass. In particular, Americans now use technology in a much more participatory way. The Internet and social media have become tools for making connections ranging from romantic partners to social and support groups to political-action groups. Blogs and other online publishing opportunities allow many more people to interact on a regular basis with specific goals in mind. Online gaming is much more social. The lowered cost of online publishing, video streaming, app development, and game development have made it easier for more Americans to share their products and ideas.
Several other types of social events and experiences have also gained momentum.