The Community Capitals Framework (CCF) provides a comprehensive way to categorize a community’s assets and to explore the relationships among them. It has both descriptive and practical value for a community and serves as an explanatory and predictive theory for community development scholars. The CCF includes seven capitals: social, political, human, built, cultural, natural, and financial.
Central to the core of the community development curriculum in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) is a course on the Principles and Strategies of Community Change, a class taught in rotation by Gary Goreham of North Dakota State University, and Huston Gibson of Kansas State University. Goreham and Gibson, in collaboration with Taylor Syvertson and Kassi Sprecher, created this video series to document the seven community capitals in Barnesville, MN, and Wamego, KS. Each video is approximately 10 minutes in length.
The Video Series
The primary aim of these films is for educational purposes. In addition to the use in the Principles and Strategies of Community Change course, there is an opportunity to share these videos widely for community development education discourse. All videos are publicly available on open YouTube channels, hosted by the affiliated universities and Great Plains IDEA.