The Kodiak Co-op Recreating the world one family at a time

June 8, 2017

Free Coffee

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Some members of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification have decided to offer free coffee to anyone passing by a small wooden booth to be set up on the edge of the FFWPU property.

The purpose is to inspire people to then connect with other people with whom they might not otherwise get to know. Maybe with a smile, a heartfelt greeting “good morning how are you” or thanking them for picking up after their dog. It is something like “Random Acts of Kindness” in action – but with purpose. 

The reasoning behind this is that everyone needs relationships and the norms of trustworthiness and reciprocity that arise from them in order to improve our own and others’ quality of life and overall well-being. 

Social scientists have identified four types of “capital” necessary for success in business and in life;

  1. Financial capital which of course refers to money
  2. Structural capital which refers to buildings, and equipment.
  3. Technological capital which refers to communications and information technologies
  4. Human capital which refers to education, skills, knowledge, experience 
  5. Social capital

Recently, the fifth — “social capital” is gaining prominence in businesses such as Google and by social scientists like  Robert Putnam who says,

“A society of many virtuous but isolated individuals is not necessarily rich in social capital. Social capital refers to connections among individuals – social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them.”

“When Putnam talks about the significance of social capital he is not talking simply about nostalgia for the 1950s, the effects are much more pervasive. School performance, public health, crime rates, clinical depression, philanthropy, race relations, community development, teen suicide, economic productivity, even simple human happiness — all are demonstrably affected by how (and whether) we connect with our family and friends and neighbors and co-workers.”

Through encouraging social networking based upon acts of service as simple as offering free coffee, we hope to multiply the many social benefits for people of Kodiak.

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