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1 Network Basics June Holley, Network Weaver January 2010

2 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

3 Network Basics Nodes Link Connected pair Isolates Directional link Triangles –Open –Closed Valdis Krebs orgnet.com

4 What do we mean by networks? Little n network Big N networks Catalytic Circle Network

5 We Need Different Lenses Network Lens Organizational Lens

6 The Organizational Lens Valdis Krebs orgnet.com

7 The Network Lens Valdis Krebs orgnet.com

8 A tree can only get bigger

9 …it can also be chopped down!

10 Rhizomatic plants spread and grow

11 …because they are connected by vast networks of support

12 Organization ~ Network

13 What is the Function of Your Network? Do Network (Implementation) Learning Network Policy Network Catalytic Network

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 Characteristics of Smart Networks Self-Organized Action Many people initiate experiments & collaborations Move from small acts to larger Breakthroughs from diversity Successful innovations spread

18 vvvvvvvv v Entrepreneurs Projects Tipping Point to Self-Organization 0 Support Emergence and the Tipping Point Emergence of Collaborative Region

19 Every act contains the nutrients for many additional acts: training, network connections, seed resources Be Rhizomatic!

20 Network Strategies + Self-Organizing Experiments + Rhizomatic Acceleration = Transformation

21 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.

22 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)

23 Network Weaver Take the Network Weaver Checklist Share your results with a friend


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