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Network Basics June Holley, Network Weaver January 2010
What do we mean by networks? These patterns influence the quality of communication and the likelihood of collaboration and innovation Networks are sets of relationships and the patterns they create
Network Basics Nodes Link Connected pair Isolates Directional link Triangles –Open –Closed Valdis Krebs orgnet.com
What do we mean by networks? Little n network Big N networks Catalytic Circle Network
We Need Different Lenses Network Lens Organizational Lens
The Organizational Lens Valdis Krebs orgnet.com
The Network Lens Valdis Krebs orgnet.com
A tree can only get bigger
…it can also be chopped down!
Rhizomatic plants spread and grow
…because they are connected by vast networks of support
Organization ~ Network
What is the Function of Your Network? Do Network (Implementation) Learning Network Policy Network Catalytic Network
Adapted from Taschereau & Bolger (2007) Chart by Monitor Institute What do we mean by Networks? INFORMAL Network FORMAL Organization NETWORKING SELF- ORGANIZING NETWORKS NETWORKS W/ FORMAL ELEMENTS INSTITUTION- ALIZED NETWORKS INTER- ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
Why analyze networks? 1.Improve information flow 2.Increase communication 3.Increase awareness of relationships 4.Increase inclusion & peer interaction across traditional divides 5.Open new resources 6.Expand and support leadership 7.Encourage innovation, collaboration & learning for better outcomes and breakthroughs 8.Increase the chance of spread of good ideas/practices
Smart Networks: Networks most helpful in promoting collaboration & innovation Network Structure Core consists of clusters w different perspectives who know & trust each other Periphery draws in new ideas & resources This represents a Field of Potential for action
Characteristics of Smart Networks Self-Organized Action Many people initiate experiments & collaborations Move from small acts to larger Breakthroughs from diversity Successful innovations spread
vvvvvvvv v Entrepreneurs Projects Tipping Point to Self-Organization 0 Support Emergence and the Tipping Point Emergence of Collaborative Region
Every act contains the nutrients for many additional acts: training, network connections, seed resources Be Rhizomatic!
Network Weaver willing to take responsibility for making the network more effective by increasing the quantity and quality of connections. A Network Weaver is willing to take responsibility for making the network more effective by increasing the quantity and quality of connections.
Characteristics of Smart Networks Network Weavers & Guardians Much capacity building, skill building Trust building activities Facilitation of initial actions Creation of support structures & communication systems (esp Web 2.0)
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