Forms of Capital and Multi-Capitalism

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Forms of Capital is a term of art describing the generative capacities of complex systems to evolve or develop. Forms of capital describe durable attributes of systems that enable their functions over time. It is somewhat synonymous with "infrastructure" but applied more broadly. This usage appears to have been developed by Roland 2011 and in apparently parallel work by Hallsmith & Lietaer 2011 has since been adopted by a wide range of authors.



  • How does the concept of 'forms of capital' relate to various academic disciplines that describe those forms? For example, cultural capital is described as the ability of an individual to exert power in a social system.
  • How do different forms of capital combine to create value?
  • What are meaningful and feasible Catchment Scale metrics for multiple capitals?
  • What are the appropriate scales at which to evaluate different kinds of capital, and how do some forms of capital aggregate for form larger scale forms of capital?