2What do we mean by networks? Networks are sets of relationships and the patterns they createThese patterns influence the quality of communication and the likelihood of collaboration and innovation
3Network Basics Nodes Link Connected pair Isolates Directional link TrianglesOpenClosedBefore we look at your maps, we need to go over some of the terminology used in social network analysis. First, squares on the maps -- which represent people - are called nodes. The lines between nodes mean there is some kind of relationship, and this is called a link. When two nodes are connected, connected pair. Someone who is not connected to anyone on the map is an isolate. Some of the maps we will see in the afternoon with show directional links…when I answer that I work with another person, the map will show an arrow point from me to that person. One of the most important ways to improve a network is to find open triangles - situations where I know two people who do not know each other - and close them by introducing those two people to each other.Valdis Krebs orgnet.com
4What do we mean by networks? Big “N” networksLittle “n” networkCatalyticCircleNetwork
5We Need Different Lenses Network LensOrganizational Lens
10Rhizomatic plants spread and grow Woods of bamboo -- always growing larger AND expanding the woods . And, if you feed one bamboo, interesting thing is that the nutrients are
11…because they are connected by vast networks of support There is a thick mat of rhizomes connecting the bamboo.. Spread nutrients, and if you chop one bamboo down , the nutriets can combine in different ways to result in a new sprout that perhaps is more adaptable than the old.
12Organization ~ Network Kristen- inter-org … authority issues… how info & power flows, what influence look s like… lewis partnership & coll..how to… improving what they do… moving bold ideas thru disparate people… engagement… all stakeholders..so busy.. How get them to participate to tipping… rmelody..more explicit when use examples of new kinds leadership, more open to ideas new leaders , organic --move this into change, know the patterns, less about how actual transfer happen… mike.. Rigs..what do we do next … when work w partnerships tend to want to move to organizational model… this group resp and do planning… behave more like networks…redundancy
13What is the Function of Your Network? LearningNetworkPolicy NetworkCatalytic NetworkDo Network (Implementation)
14What do we mean by Networks? NETWORKS W/ FORMAL ELEMENTSINSTITUTION-ALIZED NETWORKSINTER-ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERSHIPSSELF-ORGANIZING NETWORKS‘NETWORKING’Ask June to talk to big N, little n distinctionINFORMAL NetworkFORMAL OrganizationAdapted from Taschereau & Bolger (2007) Chart by Monitor Institute
15Why analyze networks? Improve information flow Increase communication Increase awareness of relationshipsIncrease inclusion & peer interaction across traditional dividesOpen new resourcesExpand and support leadershipEncourage innovation, collaboration & learning for better outcomes and breakthroughsIncrease the chance of spread of good ideas/practices
16Smart Networks: Networks most helpful in promoting collaboration & innovation Network StructureCore consists of clusters w different perspectives who know & trust each otherPeriphery draws in new ideas & resourcesThis represents a Field of Potential for actionWhat does all that have to do with networks? Another network analyst and I looked at networks from hundreds of successful commmunities. Those that were char of these successful regions looked like this. They had core of clusters --counties, types of organizations…. People in the core may not have worked with everyone but they knew about them and could draw on them for projects in the region. More in the core , more in the thick of things, hearing about what is going on and taking part in key activieis. Other part that communities often forget about is the periphery. These are people you do not interact with regularly but are very important resources--people who share new ideas when you go to a conference, foundations with resources you can access, people in other communities who have tried some new approaches that you can learn from.
17Characteristics of Smart Networks Self-Organized ActionMany people initiate experiments & collaborationsMove from small acts to largerBreakthroughs from diversitySuccessful innovations spread
18Support Emergence and the Tipping Point 1000ProjectsEmergence ofCollaborativeRegionEntrepreneursTipping PointtoSelf-Organizationvvv5020061993
19Be Rhizomatic!Every act contains the nutrients for many additional acts: training, network connections, seed resources
21Network WeaverA Network Weaver is willing to take responsibility for making the network more effective by increasing the quantity and quality of connections.
22Characteristics of Smart Networks Network Weavers & GuardiansMuch capacity building, skill buildingTrust building activitiesFacilitation of initial actionsCreation of support structures & communication systems (esp Web 2.0)
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