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Network Thinking, so what?

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Pre-Summit Training Day 2016

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Network Thinking, so what?

  1. 1. @em48a | @anneza_p Network thinking, so what?
  2. 2. Aim: Understand the principles of Network Thinking and apply them to your goals.
  3. 3. By the end of the session you will be able to: ● Explain the principles of Network Thinking ● Apply Network Thinking to solve a problem ● Assess the benefits and challenges of network thinking ● Identify ways in which you could use the principles of network thinking in your own work, peer networks and professional experience.
  4. 4. What is a network? Image: geralt CC0
  5. 5. A group or system of interconnected people or things. - Google
  6. 6. What is Network Thinking? Image: Coffee CC0
  7. 7. Definition Ultimately, there is no clear definition. Network Thinking is a concept best defined by its principles.
  8. 8. In groups, decipher the principles of Network Thinking and explain them in plain English. 1) Adaptability instead of control 2) Emergence instead of predictability 3) Resilience instead of rock stardom 4) Contributions instead of credentials 5) Diversity and divergence Curtis Ogden, The Interaction Institute for Social Change The principles of Network Thinking
  9. 9. Adaptability Be flexible in your approach. Example: Zappos has introduced the working practice ‘Holacracy.’ ● Removes the traditional hierarchies ● Gives individuals more autonomy ● Increases transparency, accountability, and organizational agility. Image: robertstinnet CC-BY
  10. 10. Emergence Be reactive and responsive Example: In 2011 riots broke out in London and the across other UK regions. Police force from other regions were deployed to respond to the attacks.
  11. 11. Resilience Line up support from the network Example: Many businesses keep a skills inventory of staff. Image: Chris Jobling CC-BY
  12. 12. Contributions Give new people a chance Example: Ernst and Young assign every employee a counselor who picks up on their talent. Image: Wikipedia CC0
  13. 13. Diversity Encourage diversity - age, experience, background, gender, ethnicity Example: Google re:Work Over 30,000 Google employees have attended the Unconscious Bias @ Work programme
  14. 14. 1) Adaptability – Be flexible in your plans 2) Emergence - Be reactive and responsive 3) Resilience – Line up support from the network 4) Contributions – Give new people a chance 5) Diversity – Age, experience, background, gender, ethnicity The principles of Network Thinking
  15. 15. Exercise In groups, review the scenario card on your table. How could Network Thinking be applied to the scenario/ challenge? Think about: ● who is in the network ● how they would be able to help ● which principle(s) of Network Thinking have been applied
  16. 16. Exercise ● What are the benefits of Network Thinking? ● What are the biggest challenges that you might face? ● How could you overcome those challenges?
  17. 17. Benefits ● You’re able to do more work ● You can develop junior staff ● A fresh perspective ● The regional/industry specific angle ● Avoid silos ● Drives motivation - shared knowledge, expertise and ownership ● Easier to iterate ● Natural evolution Image: Coffee CC0
  18. 18. Challenges ● Ensuring high quality when working with freelancers (including consistency) ● Ensuring availability of the network ● Challenging traditional hierarchies within organisations ● High overhead ● Understanding ownership and expectations Image: Coffee CC0
  19. 19. Now it’s your turn How could you use Network Thinking?
  20. 20. 1) Adaptability – Be flexible in your plans 2) Emergence - Be reactive and responsive 3) Resilience – Line up support from the network 4) Contributions – Give new people a chance 5) Diversity – Age, experience, background, gender, ethnicity The principles of Network Thinking
  21. 21. @em48a @anneza_p

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