From Citizendium the Citizens' Compendium.
The Social Capital Foundation (TSCF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) that pursues the promotion of social capital and social cohesion. Created in late 2002 by Dr Patrick Hunout, it is based in Brussels and Malta. TSCF is international and focuses particularly on the current developments in the industrial countries. The profiles of its members are extremely diverse. Funded with membership, conference and expertise fees, it is an independent operating foundation. It is a not a grant-making foundation. Social capital is a key concept in political science, sociology, economics, and organizational behavior. It has been theorized about by a long list of scholars, from Emile Durkheim to Ferdinand Tönnies, Pierre Bourdieu, Robert Putnam, Robert Bellah, Francis Fukuyama, Patrick Hunout and others. However, the approach of the Foundation cannot be reduced to the use of the sole concept of social capital.
- The social dimension of the market economy: tempering the effects of the free market on precariousness and social fragility, not through bureaucratic controls, but through the development of "socially responsible corporate policies", of the non-profit economy sector, and of a partnership system between employers and employees in the spirit of what has been called "Rhineland capitalism".
- The pivotal role of the middle class in modern society: promoting a society with a large, educated and wealthy middle-class able to play a responsive role in the settlement of issues, in order to favor democratic life, which may have implications for revenues, wage and tax policies, as well as for education and learning practices.
- The necessity for improvement of social cooperation and participation: on the basis of the above, a stronger society would involve a massive reduction in the role of the governments, compensated by a raise in the role of the organized civil society (NGOs and independent organizations). Civic participation in the judicial and governmental institutions would be developed and the legal and tax systems would be democratized.
- The preservation of cultural identity for community integration: migration policies would be restricted and third world socio-economic development policies would take over from them, while the attribution of nationality would be submitted to community approval. Thus TSCF suggested that "mass immigration helps maintain the older systems of governance. The main objective of this policy rapidly became to reconstruct a new working class, a class that was disappearing since the XIXth century, not only in terms of financial resource level but also in terms of submission to authority and social stratification" (Peace and Conflict Monitor, 09/16/2003).
- Finally, raising the level of social capital would have implications for a wide range of behaviors on a daily basis, such as showing a lesser individualism, developing compromise-readiness, being critical to consumption values, as well as reintroducing congeniality and civility in family, neighborhood and interpersonal relationships so as to learn again to live together.
- The 2004 Brussels conference on the Future of Family (Brussels, May 11ö13, 2004, "The Future of Family: Recomposition or Decomposition?"),
- The 2005 Malta I conference on Social Capital (Buggiba, September 20ö22, 2005, "Social Capital, Definition, Measurement, Applications"),
- The 2008 Malta II conference on Social Inclusion (Buggiba, September 19ö22, 2008, "Perspectives on Social Capital and Social Inclusion").
- Patrick Hunout (2008), A World in Convulsions: The New Orthodoxy and the Social Order (July 2008, retrieved from /TSCF/TSCF publications.html)
- Patrick Hunout, Maya David and Jean Dewitt (2005), Referring Governments to the Community: Henry David Thoreau Revisited (The International Scope Review, Issue 12, Volume 7, 2005)
- Patrick Hunout and Brent Shea (2003c),The Decline of the West Revisited (The Erosion of the Social Link in the Economically Advanced Countries, The International Scope Review, Issue 10, Volume 5, 2003, ISSN 1374-1217)
- Patrick Hunout, Brent Shea and Didier Le Gall (2003b), The Destruction of Society: Challenging the 'Modern' Triptyque: Individualism, Hedonism, Consumerism, (The Erosion of the Social Link in the Economically Advanced Countries, The International Scope Review, Issue 9, Volume 5, 2003, ISSN 1374-1217)
- Patrick Hunout and Brent Shea (2003a), A New Look at Economic Development (Peace and Conflict Monitor, UN University for Peace, Geneva, Special Report, 09/16/2003)
- Patrick Hunout (2000), Droit du travail et culture sociale : l'exemple allemand, (L'Harmattan, Paris, ISBN 2738477852).
- Patrick Hunout & al. (1999), Immigration und Identitöt in Deutschland und Frankreich, (The International Scope Review, Thematic Issues, Deutsche Fassung, 1999).
- Patrick Hunout (1993), L'entreprise et le droit du travail : Une comparaison franco-allemande (CIRAC, Paris, ISBN 2905518251).
- Patrick Hunout (1992), ö Du classement des emplois ö la mesure des compétences', Formation-Emploi, Paris, 39.
- Patrick Hunout (1990), Droit du travail et psychologie sociale (Pref. Serge Moscovici, Méridiens Klincksieck, Paris).
- Patrick Hunout (1987a), La psychologie sociale des döcisions de justice : une discipline en émergence (Döviance et Sociötö, vol. XI, nö 3, Geneva, 271-292).
- Patrick Hunout (1987b), L'évaluation et la classification des emplois (CEREQ, Documents de Travail, nö 29, Paris).
- Patrick Hunout (1985), Psychologie judiciaire et droit prud'homal (Ph.D. Thesis, Psychology, Paris, EHESS, 522 fö).
- The International Scope Review (2005), Vol. 7, Issue 12 (Yearly), /PUBLICATIONS/TISR_journal1/volume 2005/issue 12/issue12_edito.htm.
- The International Scope Review (2004), Vol. 6, Issue 11 (Yearly), /journal1/volume 2004/issue 11/issue11_edito.htm
- The International Scope Review (2003), Vol. 5, Issue 9 (Summer) and 10 (Winter), /journal1/volume 2003/issue 9/issue9_edito.htm
- The International Scope Review (1999), Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Summer) & Issue 2 (Winter), /journal1/volume 1999/issue1/v1999_issue1_edito.htm
- The International Scope Review (1998), TISR Model, 1995-1996, retrieved from /TSCF/tisr_model.htm