The Staff of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, at the Kennedy School of Government, run the Better Together initiative.

The participants of the Saguaro Seminar whose talents and expertise helped guide the BetterTogether report, can be
found on the
Saguaro Semina
r site.

Core staff include:

Robert D. Putnam
Tom Sander

Robert D. Putnam, The Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, principal investigator of The Saguaro Seminar, and seminar participant

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy. He has served as chairman of Harvard's Department of Government, Director of the Center for International Affairs, and Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is author or co-author of seven books and more than thirty scholarly articles published in ten languages, including Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy (1993); Double-Edged Diplomacy: International Bargaining and Domestic Politics (1993); Hanging Together: The Seven-Power Summits (1984); Bureaucrats and Politicians in Western Democracies (1981); Comparative Study of Political Elites (1976); and Beliefs of Politicians (1973). Professor Putnam was educated at Swarthmore College, Balliol College, Oxford; and Yale University, and has received honorary degrees from Swarthmore and Stockholm University. He has taught at the University of Michigan and served on the staff of the National Security Council. In 2001-2002 he served as President of the American Political Science Association. He has written numerous books including the best-selling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000), and more recently a collective volume Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society (2002). He is now completing a study of promising new forms of social connectedness in communities across America and beginning new research on the challenges of building community in an increasingly diverse society.

Selected articles by Robert Putnam include:

"THE PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY: Social Capital and Public Life"
" The Strange Disappearance of Civic America"
" Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital"

To hear or read interviews with Robert Putnam visit the following sites:

Putnam explains social capital jargon to OECD Observer (3/17/04)
Atlantic Unbound interview of Putnam (9/21/00)
Booknotes interview with Robert D. Putnam (9/8/00)
Talk of the Nation discussion: “what is communitarianism”? (2/5/01)
Liane Hansen NPR interview of Putnam on post 9-11 survey (1/13/02)
Robert Siegel NPR interview with Putnam about book “Bowling Alone”(5/31/00)
BBC "The Talk Show" interview of Putnam (12/9/02)
Talk of the Nation show on Local Civic Participation (3/30/04)

For more readings on social capital, go to the bibliography page on the Saguaro Seminar site.

Dr. Thomas H. Sander, Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar. Prior to taking this position, he was Director of the Fund for Social Entrepreneurs at Youth Service America and served as a senior policy advisor on national service for the U.S. Senate’s Labor and Human Resources Committee, where he played a major role in the enactment of the 1993 National Service Trust Act. In addition, he has worked as a management consultant at Bain and Company and assisted Harvard University’s president in negotiating and consummating some of the first debt for education swaps in the world. He received a J.D. from the Harvard Law School. email Tom

To access articles written or co-written by Tom click here

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Kennedy School of Government
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Phone: 617-495-1148
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