7 responses to “Weekend Journal — Social Capital”

  1. gasstationwithoutpumps

    “Plus, who doesn’t like brisket?” Half my family are vegetarian, and even the meat eaters are not that fond of brisket unless it has been stewed slowly for at least 4 hours.

    It is considered extremely gauche here in Santa Cruz to invite people to a meal and not provide vegetarian options, unless you know that they are all carnivores. (If you are grilling, then Tofu dengaku is a reasonable option to include.)

    On the basic principle of having informal get-togethers with food as a way to build collaborations—I couldn’t agree more.

  2. Chris Gammell

    Haha, Californians.

    But seriously, we had vegetarian options. And if you cook a brisket for anything less than 8 hours, everyone will be asking for the veggie options (I smoked it for 4, in the oven on low for 5). You send your family to Ohio and I’ll show them how Texas BBQ is done.

  3. David Bley

    So does your grill have an electronic controller :)?

    I like making connections to. Most of mine are made through email and commenting on blogs. I also like to cook and people seem to enjoy having a meal together.

    I don’t believe I’ve had a real Texas barbequed brisket. Sounds good. I have had Tennessee barbequed pork and it is quite good.

  4. Drew

    I must say that this article is very interesting. It’s simple, yet profound, and it can apply to almost anyone.

    I’ve only seen events like barbeques as something done with people a person knows like friends, family, and associates. This article has gotten me interested in throwing a cook-out of my own with a few of my social groups (perhaps my friends, co-workers, and football team) and ask them to bring a few friends with them.

    My only problem is that I’m the quiet, socially awkward kind of guy who is uncomfortable at social events. Do you have advice for those people who find conversations and gatherings like these challenging?

    1. Chris Gammell

      Hi Drew,

      I know the feeling. I think at events you throw, you have the awesome position of already being the person that everyone knows. So you are whom everyone looks to in order to connect with others. In doing so, I often forget about my own social anxiety. Plus, it’s kind of like a game. You try and find all the ways that people you know overlap. A good example was I was talking to one friend who mentioned he was working on his house and I was able to turn to another friend who didn’t know him and bring him into the conversation because he was a wood worker. After that, it’s just a matter of practice. Good luck!


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  6. Kevin F. Adler (@kevinfadler)

    Great post, Chris. Have you read Bowling Alone, or any of Bourdieu’s work on Social Capital?