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We create network leadership infographics to help our users understand network science concepts, metrics and ideas. Some examples include network governance, communication, facilitation, trust and power. We’re always adding new network science infographics too – check back regularly! Have a specific topic you want us to cover? Send us a message and we’ll see what we can do!
“Any tool can be used for good or bad. It’s really the ethics of the analyst using it.” ⏤ John Knoll Tweet Believe it or not, social network analysis has a lot of ethical pitfalls you might be unaware of. Unlike traditional survey research, social
“Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing ‘patterns of change’ rather than ‘static snapshots.” ⏤ Peter Senge Tweet Systems thinking is getting more popular than ever as more and more people realize
Network Leadership is the practice of building, managing, and evaluating cross-sector community partnership with a network approach. While traditional leadership emphasizes hierarchal styles of leadership, network leaders must manage a dynamic environment without formal roles, hierarchies, or authority. There are a lot of common examples
It’s more and more common for people working towards social impact to build and work in networks to reach their shared goals. By sharing information and resources, coordinating their activity, and collectively measuring their impact, a network can accomplish far more than a single individual
Social network analysis has been around for many decades in academic circles, but it has only recently become a popular learning tool for networks and other collaboratives. For many decades we build partnerships and collaboratives largely based on gut and intuition, utilizing a ‘more is
Systems thinking is an important perspective for all network leaders! A network is fundamentally a system, experiencing many of the same dynamics that other systems go through, including emergence, feedback loops, and interconnection. We’ve come across many insightful systems thinking quotes and sayings over our
For those working in the field of social impact, building networks is part of the new normal. Creating partnerships with other organizations lets us share resources and knowledge, coordinate our action, and leverage diverse forms of value like influence and experience. However it is too
In network theory, a major focus of study is on the relative ‘openness’ of a network, and its relationship with network effectiveness. Specifically, people wonder whether the ideal is closed vs open networks. Coleman (1988) introduced a theory that claims tighter, densely interconnected, ‘closed’ networks
Organizational networks bring together numerous different organizations to work together and collaborate around a common purpose. However there are many different types of organizational networks, each oriented towards different goals and contexts. If you’re considering creating a network of partners, it’s important to know they
In the world of social impact, marketing is often viewed as a bit of a dirty word. However, at its core, marketing is about sharing what you have to offer with the world to build support for what you do. For a network, coalition or
Community partnerships are a powerful force for good when it comes to social change and impact. Building new connections with community organizations provides new ideas, resources and ways of thinking that can help you make the world a better place, whether you’re working to improve
Getting started on an organizational network analysis? It’s not easy coming up with a plan on your own. A lot of people struggle coming up with organizational network analysis questions that will work for their goals. Our team has collectively spent decades conducting these analysis
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Visit our Network Leadership Resource Library to see all of our blogs, infographics, webinars, research and other relevant resources. We cover topics ranging from network governance structures, human-centered network design, and diversity, equity and inclusion to conflict resolution, network mapping and analysis, and telling your network story. We’re always adding new resources too, so check back often for new infographics every month.
If you have a specific network science or leadership topic that you’d like to see turned into an infographic, send our team a message and we’ll see if we can put something together for you! Past requests have included an intro to using our tools, network facilitation tips, and examples of translating a network map into actionable insights to improve collaboration. Whatever your question, send it our way. We love a good network challenge!
Beyond our own infographics, we also love this infographic from entrepreneur on the Art and Science of Networking. It makes some great network science points without ever realizing it! Even though relationship-building feels intuitive, network science still has a lot to teach us, as this infographic clearly demonstrates. Thanks again for stopping by.
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