Network Leadership                 October 2012
Outcomes for today• Map the system you  want to change and its  network• Identify your Network  Weaver strengths and  chal...
Speed Networking• Why did you come to this session?• What would you like to learn about  networks?
Whynetworks?
We Have        Big Complex ProblemsNeighborhoods         Hunger                                       14
We Need to Understand and    Change Systems                    Vic                          iou                           ...
Changing systems is aboutchanging how people relate….                               16
Network holding old way in         place                             17
People who want change…    often disconnected                          18
What do we mean by networks?Networks are sets of  relationships and the  patterns they create                          The...
What do we mean by networks?                Formal Network                 Intentional Network                            ...
ComparisonOrganization                    Network• Useful when problems are      • Useful when you don’t know  simple     ...
How does change happen?
We need experiments
We need many people to initiate          action
BuzzWhat questions do I have?How would this apply to mysituation?
Network Mapping• What do you notice about your network?  Enough people? Need more? Certain people  excluded? Certain skill...
How networks work
Smart Networks:Most helpful in promoting collaboration &                innovation                                • Core c...
You are aNetworkWeaver!
Reflection             • What did you notice about               yourself as a Network               Weaver?             •...
Reach Out
Deep listening
Close triangle
SmallActs
Networks are Rhizomatic
Clustering People       by What TheyThink Will Make A Difference
TOPIC: Conflict Transformation      Minimal training, need more      Aware but need more info      No answer      Seasoned...
TOPIC: Peacebuilding       Seasoned practitioner, could lead       and train       Aware but need more info       No answe...
How can you support a cluster?• Frame benefits of            • Help the cluster discover  networks and                   h...
How might you experiment with          clusters? How might you help people     identify clusters?How could you support them?
Reflection What are your next steps? What is one thing you will do tomorrow? What is one thing you will do in the next 2 w...
June HolleyEmail: june@networkweaving.comWeb: www.networkweaver.com
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver
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  • Here is Anthony Smith from Netowrk Center for Community Change.
  • I met him through Twitter, which is where network innovators hang out.
  • Anthony has done incredible work briding divides.Recently he’s been brining black and white fathers together, helping them get to know each other and working together on improving the schools in their neighborhoods.
  • He works with many other porganizations to convene network nights in different neighborhoods –
  • These evenings are incredibly interactive. People really build relationships. They also help each other uncover things they are passionate about in their community – what do they care about, what do they want to do something about!
  • Then people can sign up for Network 101 or similar program with the technical college. – not only learn about network building but all decide on collabroative projects they want to do. Here a group are going out in twosies to meet people in their neighborhood, ask about issues and concerns, and map their neighborhood.
  • This way, they identify problem areas.
  • They they hold dinner events at abandoned lots, where they collect ideas about what to do and form groups to take ation to make a garden or fill in a dangerous basement. People are supported to not just talk but to act in small groups and to work with organizations and bureaucracie that will help them do something.
  • The neighborrhood has a disabled vet who is a wonderful videographer so as people do things, he records their storiy to inspire others. Help them reflect on what they’ ve done… learn and make breakthroughs
  • When trying to change systems, makes more sense to start by changing the way people relate to each other. So instead of zipping by a drive-through window where your relationship with your server is to grab a softdrink, on the right we have a wonderful group of young people from a low-income housing project who are growing food for their families in a community garden, selling food at the farmers market, making products like sauerkraut that they sell to add to their families income. But even more importantly for them and the community, they have become network leaders. They are learning how to support each other, and impacting policy in our community.
  • There are several definitions of networks, but the key to understanding new ways of relating is to understand this definition” networks are sets of relationships AND the patterns they create…
  • There are several definitions of networks, but the key to understanding new ways of relating is to understand this definition” networks are sets of relationships AND the patterns they create…
  • .
  • This is a picture of ginger -- it ’s called a rhizome. Every bud of ginger has the nutrients in it to sprout several more buds. Think about the way we are project coordinators -- if we always try to coordinate a project with someone else and coach them so they learn the skills needed to be a coordinator on their own, then we can get much more action in our networks. So after a while, your role changes from coordinator to coach - you spend more time helping others learn how to be a coordinator and less time doing yourself. So as we are going over the skills and processes of project coordinator, think how you can help others learn this as well.
  • But hidden treasurers are not just devices to wrap festivals around but ways to jumpstart all kinds of new econ activity for your comm…in this case, the festival was venue for local artists who gained a following helped cd sales, place to encruage development of paw paw products, way to motivate local folks to convert large home to b & b and way to provide local farmers with better pawpaw trees.
  • Leadership Learning Community Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver

    1. 1. Network Leadership October 2012
    2. 2. Outcomes for today• Map the system you want to change and its network• Identify your Network Weaver strengths and challenges• Explore clustering and self-organizing 2
    3. 3. Speed Networking• Why did you come to this session?• What would you like to learn about networks?
    4. 4. Whynetworks?
    5. 5. We Have Big Complex ProblemsNeighborhoods Hunger 14
    6. 6. We Need to Understand and Change Systems Vic iou sC ycl es able edictUnpr 15
    7. 7. Changing systems is aboutchanging how people relate…. 16
    8. 8. Network holding old way in place 17
    9. 9. People who want change… often disconnected 18
    10. 10. What do we mean by networks?Networks are sets of relationships and the patterns they create These patterns influence the quality of communication and the likelihood of collaboration and innovation 19
    11. 11. What do we mean by networks? Formal Network Intentional Network 20
    12. 12. ComparisonOrganization Network• Useful when problems are • Useful when you don’t know simple how to solve problem• Leaders tell people what to • Leaders encourage others to do act and take initiative • Focus on innovation,• Focus on planning and goals experimentation, and learning• People work alone or on • People work on many teams or committees different small projects with• People need to agree many different people • People don’t need to agree
    13. 13. How does change happen?
    14. 14. We need experiments
    15. 15. We need many people to initiate action
    16. 16. BuzzWhat questions do I have?How would this apply to mysituation?
    17. 17. Network Mapping• What do you notice about your network? Enough people? Need more? Certain people excluded? Certain skills and resources missing? Are people connected to each other? Certain parts of the system not connected to?• Who are 3 people (or organizations) that you need to connect with in the coming month?
    18. 18. How networks work
    19. 19. Smart Networks:Most helpful in promoting collaboration & innovation • Core consists of clusters w different perspectives who know & trust each other • Periphery draws in new ideas & resources • This represents a Field of Potential for action 30
    20. 20. You are aNetworkWeaver!
    21. 21. Reflection • What did you notice about yourself as a Network Weaver? • What are your strengths? • What would you like to learn more about? • How can I share my checklist with others in my network?
    22. 22. Reach Out
    23. 23. Deep listening
    24. 24. Close triangle
    25. 25. SmallActs
    26. 26. Networks are Rhizomatic
    27. 27. Clustering People by What TheyThink Will Make A Difference
    28. 28. TOPIC: Conflict Transformation Minimal training, need more Aware but need more info No answer Seasoned practitioner, could lead and train Seasoned, could lead Could support a seasoned practitioner Trained, need experience Very interested in helping organize topicThere are many people willing to organizethis group, and many who could lead andtrain. Already a core connected, butconvening this group could better connectthe larger network as many are not 42connected.
    29. 29. TOPIC: Peacebuilding Seasoned practitioner, could lead and train Aware but need more info No answer Experienced, could be part of team Minimal training, need more Could support a seasoned practitioner Trained, need experience Very interested in helping organize topicLoosely connected, less leadership andexperience, but 4 people willing to helporganize. 43
    30. 30. How can you support a cluster?• Frame benefits of • Help the cluster discover networks and high-leverage priorities collaboration • Get group to identify• Get the group to map the overall cluster cluster elements coordinator• Identify all the people • Set up communication working in the cluster platforms (google docs,• Help people in cluster get conference call line, etc) to know each other • Set up an email list• Help people identify • Have people report back opportunities for self- on projects and self- organized projects organize new projects
    31. 31. How might you experiment with clusters? How might you help people identify clusters?How could you support them?
    32. 32. Reflection What are your next steps? What is one thing you will do tomorrow? What is one thing you will do in the next 2 weeks?
    33. 33. June HolleyEmail: june@networkweaving.comWeb: www.networkweaver.com

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