Learning Lab2020-01-21T13:43:57-07:00

Welcome to the Learning Lab!

At Visible Network Labs we are committed to helping people to develop their capacity to build, manage, and evaluate effective networks. Many people today are deeply engaged in the “network way of working,” but there are very few places we can get the Network Leadership skills we need to be successful. The Learning Lab is where we provide in-person workshops, online webinars, product demos, and peer supported learning opportunities to help network innovators move their networks to the next level. Subscribe to our Event Updates so you don’t miss out on any learning opportunities!


Annual Network Innovation Summit

Come discover the future of networks in communities at the 1st Annual Network Innovation Summit. Don’t miss this one-day peer-learning gathering of the latest innovation, mindset shifts, and collective energy around the future of networks in communities.

Network Leadership Training Academy

Here you will roll up your sleeves to get in-depth skill development on how to build, manage, and evaluate effective networks. Join a suite of expert trainers and facilitators, community members and activists, and a whole community of people like you in the network way of working!

Monthly Network Leadership Webinars

Our Network Leadership Series brings you monthly webinars on a variety of topics related to the network way of working. Most webinars feature a guest practitioner from the field, co-hosted by our CEO Dr. Varda. Click below to register for the next webinar!

Group Open Office Hour Sessions

Getting back to our roots as professors and scientists, Office Hours are an informal way to connect and learn with our VNL staff! Join us once a month for a group session with our team to ask questions, get feedback about your work and projects, and learn more about networks!

Coming Soon: The Network Strategy Online Course!

Our team is working hard to develop a new online course to help networks develop data-driven strategies to improve social outcomes! We’ll empower you with the skills and knowledge you need to analyze your network and start translating the data into action. If you’re interested in learning more, register for our Online Course Updates and we’ll send you more information as it becomes available! Email us at learning@visiblenetworklabs.com if you have further questions!

Upcoming Learning Lab Events...

Network Innovation Summit (NIS)

Come discover the future of networks in communities at the 1st Annual Network Innovation Summit. Don’t miss this one-day gathering of the latest innovation, mindset shifts, and collective energy around the future of networks in communities.

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New Resources in the Library...

Better Communication in Networks

Better Communication in Networks: Four Research-Informed Tips

Better Communication in Networks In our 2019 Annual Network Survey, we found that network leaders consistently reported communication as their biggest obstacle. Maintaining communication between network members isn’t easy. Rather, it’s easy to stumble into miscommunication and resulting conflict, which keeps you from reaching your

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Twenty Quotes to Inspire Collaboration and Teamwork

Twenty Quotes to Inspire Collaboration & Teamwork

Collaboration isn’t easy – sometimes, a good quote can inspire us to keep working towards our common goals. Here are thirty quotes to inspire collaboration and teamwork that we’ve come across in our work. They’re perfect for your next network gathering, training, publication or program!

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Getting to Know our New Learning Manager, Keri Smith!

We are so pleased to welcome Keri Smith to our team as our Network Learning Manager! She is providing leadership to our Learning Lab programs, including our in-person trainings and conferences, online course and Webinar series. We asked her a few questions to get to

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Networks are Inclusive, Equitable and Diverse… Right?

This is the first follow-up to the introductory blog “Networks are the Answer…Right?“ by VNL’s CEO, Dr. Danielle Varda, exploring the question of whether we have pushed the limits of collaborative networks, and how the risks might outweigh the benefits. She posed three big questions:

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Creating bias-free surveys

Create Bias-Free Surveys: Three Pitfalls to Avoid

Bias is pernicious: it creeps into all kinds of research, including surveys and social network analysis! The more bias you introduce into your survey, the less reliable and accurate your data will be. This is why it’s important to check your survey for bias, at

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