A new report out from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) discusses the benefits of using a social network approach to community regeneration (via @barrywellman)
From the authors:
Traditional approaches to community regeneration which define communities in solely geographic terms have severe limitations. They often failed to deliver on key social capital improvements such as improving trust between residents or fostering a greater sense of belonging.
In this report we argue for a new approach to community regeneration, based on an understanding of the importance of social networks, such an approach has the potential to bring about significant improvements in efforts to combat isolation and to support the development of resilient and empowered communities