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It was in 1999, when Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012) published a study on the impact of Social Capital on the water prices in Nepal. The lower the Social Capital, the higher were the prices. Why that?

Key assets of bridging Social Capital such as trust, solidarity and helpfulness reduce the transaction costs. At the time therefore the World Bank was interested in the subject for a while. But the major problem was not to identifying and defining Social Capital but to measuring it. The SOCAT (Social Capital Assessment Tool) of the World Bank had 27 pages and hundreds of items – too much to assess Social Capital in around 180 countries and hundreds of languages.
2007 Alexander Dill published his first working paper on measuring non-material goods in the Library of the Commons of Ostrom at the Indiana University.

2009, short after the start of the financial crisis, Elinor Ostrom became Nobel laureate for her research on the Commons. In the same year the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics has been founded by her advice and with a first order of the Kanton of Basel to assess the social goods of Basel.
Due to her disease Ostrom couldn’t come to the public discussion in Basel in early 2010.

 

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Director

Born in 1959, sociologist (Ph.D.) Alexander Dill worked in the Software Industry for ten years.
He discovered the social significance of freeware and began to research on free goods.
In 2006 he achieved the E-Business and E-Government Award of the Country of Salzburg, Austria.
In July 2009 he founded the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics in Basel. Since the founding of the company, he serves as a director.
His major books on Social Capital ‚Gemeinsam sind wir reich‘ (2012) and ‚Die Welt neu bewerten‘ (2017) reached a broad audience and where featured in leading German media such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk, Zeit and Tagesspiegel.
Since 2016, Dill leads the UN SDG Partnerships project, the World Social Capital Monitor.
Since 2017, Dill contributes to the UN Inter Agency Task Force on Financing for Development (UN IATF on FfD).

 

 

Nazmus_Saquib (2)Director Information Technology

Shah Saquib is of Bangladesh origin and studied information technology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He is specialized in developing and administrating the online and mobile tools to conduct the Global Social Capital Assessment in today 50 language versions on https://trustyourplace.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pahlaj_Moolio


Born in 1968, mathematical economist (Ph.D.) Pahlaj Moolio currently serves as a professor for statistics and mathematics, and as an associate dean at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the Pannasastra University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. The experienced advisor served as a member of the board of trustees of Santitham Education and Development Foundation in Thailand (2003 – 2008). In 2013 he co-authored a book “Optimization and Social Welfare in Economics“. In 2016 he started the Social Capital Assessment in Cambodia. An English interview with Pahlaj Moolio on Social Capital can be found here.

 

 

 

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© Matthias Hinrichsen

Professor h.c. Dr. Horst Teltschik studied Political Science. He served as an international political advisor for the German chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl. Among his positions he was a director of the Bertelsmann Foundation and
Executive Board of the BMW AG.The experienced advisor is member of the board of trustees of the German
Konrad Adenauer Foundation and of the commisson for the reunification of both Koreas.

 

 

 

 

Who else is working with us? …these friendly people:

Jelena-Natascha Apelt

Jelena Apelt has a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of Zürich and a Master degree in European Studies from the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. She has joined our team as an adviser for Africa to help conduct the World Social Capital Monitor 2020.

 

Sharlin Mahmood

Sharlin Mahmood holds a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery from the Ibrahim Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a Master of Sience (MSc) in Public Health at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften in Hamburg, Germany. She joined the team as an adviser for Asia to conduct the World Social Capital Monitor 2020.

 

 

Foto_Arne Scholz_klein

Arne Scholz (past trainee)

 

nicolasgebhart

Nicolas Gebhart (past trainee)

Philip

Philip Stoll

(past trainee)

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