My Opportunity HUB (MYOH) is an Web-App resource that supports individuals in building social capital with a finite number of gainfully employed connections. Social capital is one of the greatest predictors of labor market success. A growing body of research is now pointing to the pivotal role social capital plays in helping individuals connect to, and excel in, the world of work.
Yet despite the best efforts of workforce and educational systems, many are failing to secure gainful employment equal to their investments in education and credentialing. Research is questioning the impact of workforce and educational programs focused mainly on increasing skills and credentials without helping people develop the social connections that could help put these achievements to work.
Unlike most social networking platforms, MYOH is scientifically designed to increase the value of social capital between individuals and the pro-social assets they identify as potential sources of labor market support and career development. MYOH facilitates social capital development through a three stages of empirical based practice and research in network science:
MYOH limits the number of people in the ecosystem to 7 based on social network science that points to capacity limits in developing meaningful, reciprocal relationships.
Given the cognitive and emotional costs of maintaining large networks, the traditional act of networking tends to yield few and even diminishing results. Many individuals face increasing diminishing returns resulting from large networks with great redundancy at the expense of developing few, non-redundant quality relationships.
MYOH utilizes the power of network closure among a group of non-redundant ties to increase information flow and decision making.
A closed social network (where everyone knows each other) allows information to move freely between all parties. When people feel connected, information flows faster. Under these conditions, people feel a greater sense of accountability to act upon information received in interest of preserving the integrity of the whole.
MYOH engages parties in structured activities that promote and measure increase levels of compassion, assistance, reciprocity, and trust – the currency of social capital building.
Research continues to reinforce the importance of compassion, trust, and reciprocity for career success. In tight non-redundant networks, it improves one’s capacity to communicate with others, to be part of a team, and expand horizons and thinking thereby cultivating a mindset of innovation and openness, major criteria for 21st century career success.
MYOH is supported through the first and only social capital building curriculum - FISCL (Foundations in Social Capital Literacy).
All MYOH users learn about the value of social capital and develop the skills to make the social capital building process work through the FISCL curriculum.
FISCL is built on A SOCIAL CAPITAL-CENTERED APPROACH TO EDUCATION created by Edward DeJesus, the founder of Social Captial Builders. A social capital-centered approach to education enhances traditional instruction through its conscious and strategic use of personal connections to support and enhance learning objectives and creates opportunities that young people never knew exist.
Contained in FISCL are the strategies and tools to help students connect to a wide range of familial, developmental and gateway assets that serve as social capital connections for a one year period or more.
MYOH reduces the reluctance to engage in the social capital building process with weak and lose ties through the use of connection markers.
73% of people stated that they place little effort in reaching out to the familial and developmental connections who can be a source of labor market support. When asked why, many people felt that they felt that they didn't have anything to offer in return. Through connection markers, individuals learn how to turn a giver- receiver relationship to that of a giver-giver, the trademark of the social cpaital building process.