2001
Publication:
Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement in America, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Report issued by the Saguaro Seminar, calling for a nationwide campaign to redirect a downward spiral of civic apathy. Warning that the national stockpile of "social capital" - our reserve of personal bonds and fellowship - is seriously depleted, the report outlines the framework for sustained, broad-based social change to restore America's civic virtue. The report attributes the decline in social capital primarily to the demographic shift that has taken place across the nation. Namely, an exceptionally civic generation of older Americans is slowing down and dying, and far less civic-minded generations of Baby Boomers and Baby Busters are taking their place. Other contributors include two-career families, urban sprawl, and television.