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Weaving Online Networks


How consultants to nonprofit organizations can use online network weaving and a networked approach in their work and to support the work of their clients

How consultants to nonprofit organizations can use online network weaving and a networked approach in their work and to support the work of their clients

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  • 1. Author: John Kenyon FlickrPhoto:EthanCrowley NCN Meeting August 13, 2014 Weaving Online Networks
  • 2. Name I help nonprofits… FlickrPhoto:chuckp
  • 3. Networked Approach Network Weaver Assessment Understanding Networks Areas for Growth
  • 4. Fortress: Insiders in, Outsiders out | Silos Slideshare:LisaColton
  • 5. Sponges: Transparency, Constant Flow In and Out Slideshare:LisaColton
  • 6. Traditional Mindset: Hub & Spokes Slideshare:LisaColton
  • 7. Network Mindset “Connect + Collaborate” rather than “Command & Control” Slideshare:LisaColton
  • 8. 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).
  • 9. June Holley’s Definition: 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. Network Weavers
  • 10. As A Network Weaver You help people see opportunities Support initiation of collaborative projects You coach and support You help them notice what works FlickrPhoto:TheodoreScott
  • 11. As A Network Weaver You encourage them to spread the patterns of success and scale You help deepen the quality of relationships Your help people learn to work in networked ways FlickrPhoto:TheodoreScott
  • 12. Worksheet Network Weaver Checklist Strengths Areas to Improve FlickrPhoto:EthanCrowley
  • 13. Share Pair One Strength One Area to Improve
  • 14. Checklist by Role Weaver Coordinator Organizer Guardian FlickrPhoto:LollyKnit
  • 15. Share Pair Your Strongest Area
  • 16. Mapping Your Network Mapping can illuminate key opportunities for action and investment
  • 17. 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
  • 18. Share Pair How might I use a networked approach in my work? One Action Item
  • 19. Networked Approach ^ (and consultants)
  • 20. Share Pair How networked/social is your approach?
  • 21. Benefits of Strong Networks More efficient use of time Regenerative, constant flow Sustaining energy Responsive Focus on people and community
  • 22. Don’t Have All The Answers: Over-functioning leadership disempowers networks
  • 23. Thrive By Working Together Slideshare:LisaColton
  • 24. Beth Kanter Make it personal. Ask for their stories, their input, their thoughts. Emphasize their importance to the community, allow them to run with projects and to be creative. Everyone wants to contribute and to make something better/leave a lasting mark. Play matchmaker. Leaders in the community focus on putting people together with like ideas, interests etc. Help them bridge the social interaction gap.
  • 25. Share Pair How might I help my client organizations work in networked ways? One Action Item FlickrPhoto:Cambodia4kids
  • 26. Resources
  • 27. Network Weaver Handbook
  • 28. Facebook Group
  • 29. Ari Sahagún
  • 30. National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
  • 31. Mapping NodeXL
  • 32. Mapping Gephi
  • 33. Review Networked Approach Network Weaving Mapping Networks Checklist Roles Resources FlickrPhoto:EthanCrowley
  • 34. Question & Discussion Ideas for Experiments Your Experiences Your Networks
  • 35. All Images: Flickr - Creative Commons License Presenter contact: