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An overview of network weaving compiled and presented by Deborah McLaren, Network Weaver and Community Economic Development specialist at Local Flavor in St. Paul, MN. Information from June Holley's ...

An overview of network weaving compiled and presented by Deborah McLaren, Network Weaver and Community Economic Development specialist at Local Flavor in St. Paul, MN. Information from June Holley's "Network Weaver Handbook: A Guide to Transformational Networks" available at www.networkweaving.com and Beth Kantor, author of “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine published by J Wiley in 2010 - See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/about-beth/#sthash.dZxziHfQ.dpuf

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  • Network Weaving Creating Stronger Communities
  • NETWORK WEAVERS June Holley’s Definition: A Network Weaver is someone who is aware of the networks around them and explicitly works to make them healthier (more inclusive, bridging divides). Network Weavers do this by connecting people strategically where there’s potential for mutual benefit, helping people identify their passions, and serving as a catalyst for self- organizing groups.
  • As A Network Weaver • You help people see opportunities • Support initiation of collaborative projects • You coach and support • You help them notice what works • You encourage them to spread the patterns of success and scale • You help deepen the quality of relationships • You help people learn to work in networked ways
  • Traditional Mindset: Hub & Spokes
  • Network Mindset “connect and collaborate” rather than “command and control”
  • Steps to Network Weaving * Shift in leadership mindset * Know your network * Socialize * Listen and Engage * Connect * Strengthen Network Systems * Evolve Your Role as the Network Matures
  • Network Leadership Organizational Leadership Position, authority Few leaders Leader broadcasts Leader controls Top down Planning Provides service Network Leadership Role, behavior Everyone is a leader Leader engages Leader facilitates and supports Bottom Up Innovation & Experimentation Supports self-organization Adapted from June Holley’s Network Weaving Handbook, pg 29
  • Allowing for emergence, surprises, experiments Listening Permeable boundaries Sharing and giving Transparency Not putting people into boxes Valuing diversity and inclusiveness Value errors and mistakes
  • http://ccc.georgkolb.com/ Mapping Networks Mapping can illuminate key opportunities for action and investment know the net -- see the map of how things really work knit the net -- adjust the network for improvements
  • BE GENEROUS
  • Increasing Connectivity • New audiences bring new ideas • Flow leads to health • Leave room for adjustments and the unexpected • Rethink “ownership”
  • Plan (or allow) for Emergence
  • Benefits of Strong Networks • More efficient use of staff time • Regenerative, constant flow • Sustaining energy • Responsive • Focus on people and community • Cultivate appreciation for “host”
  • Network Weaver Roles Connector Catalyst Connects people. Gets network building started. Build social culture. Connector Catalyst Connects people. Gets network building started. Build social culture. Network Facilitator Helps convene people to set up a more explicit and focused network. Network Facilitator Helps convene people to set up a more explicit and focused network. Self-Organized Project Coordinator Helps coordinate self-organized projects. Self-Organized Project Coordinator Helps coordinate self-organized projects. Network Guardian Helps put in place systems for networks: communications, training, support, etc. Network Guardian Helps put in place systems for networks: communications, training, support, etc.
  • Don’t Have All The Answers: Over-functioning leadership disempowers networks
  • Thrive By Working Together
  • Chris Brogan • Spend 20 minutes a day observing your network. • Spend 10 minutes a day cultivating new relationships. • Use an organized contact management system to manage relationships, not just keep contact info. • Deliver two to three times as much value as you ask from your network. This keeps people eager to be helpful when the time comes that you need them.
  • Beth Kanter • Make it personal. Ask for their stories, their input, their thoughts. Emphasize their importance to the community and allow them to run with projects and to be creative Everyone wants to contribute and to make something better/leave a lasting mark. • Humanize your leaders. Make them available. If the members feel like the community is very hierarchical they may never feel like they belong on the “inside”. Use your position to energize your community. • Play matchmaker. The leaders in the community should focus on putting people together with like ideas, interests etc. help them bridge the social interaction gap.
  • Network Weaving Handbook Facebook group discussion: http://bit.ly/networkweaving Follow June Holley’s Work on Network Weaving
  • Catalyzing Networks for Social Change, Monitor Institute, pg 15
  • For more info: Deborah McLaren 651-983-9880 Deborah@mnmicro.net Find my presentations at www.slideshare.net/deborahmclaren 5/14/14 – Charities Review