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Network Mapping & Power

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Network mapping inherently illuminates power.

Network mapping and/or analysis inherently seeks to bring to light several kinds of power. Here are several ways it can include power:
* Demonstrates where capacity and resources exist in a group of entities * Visualizes previously invisible patterns, structures, and dynamics that existed but of which we were unaware * Elucidates relationships and pathways for exchange; help understand how things flow through a set of entities (and where they don't flow) * Surfaces gaps like who's not being represented by providing an overview of a set of entities * Supports an understanding of these things as they change over time so we can reflect transparently (rather than anecdotally) on improvements or regression

Main map copyright 2003 Valdis Krebs, http://orgnet.com/contagion.html

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Network Mapping & Power

  1. 1. Network Mapping & Power Ari Sahagún. 2015.
  2. 2. Ari Sahagún. 2015. Network mapping inherently illuminates power. • Demonstrates where capacity and resources exist in a group of entities • Visualizes previously invisible patterns, structures, and dynamics that existed but of which we were unaware • Elucidates relationships and pathways for exchange; help understand how things flow through a set of entities (and where they don't flow) • Surfaces gaps like who's not being represented by providing an overview of a set of entities • Supports an understanding of these things as they change over time so we can reflect transparently (rather than anecdotally) on improvements or regression
  3. 3. Ari Sahagún. 2015. Demonstrates where capacity and resources exist If purple nodes represent a particular capacity, notice that this cluster doesn’t have much access to it.
  4. 4. Ari Sahagún. 2015. Visualizes previously invisible patterns, structures, and dynamics that existed but of which we were unaware Notice how several coalitions rely on a common hub (black nodes) to communicate with the large core. Nodes on the fringes have less direct influence on the core group.
  5. 5. Ari Sahagún. 2015. Elucidates relationships and pathways for exchange; help understand how things flow through a set of entities Notice how several coalitions rely on a common hub (black nodes) to communicate with the large core. Power lies in those hubs sharing resources, exchanging knowledge, translating messages both outward to their members and back inward to the core Notice how this coalitions is not directly connected to the large core.
  6. 6. Ari Sahagún. 2015. Surfaces gaps like who's not being represented by providing an overview of a set of entities Notice the underrepresentation of gray nodes. Would explicit recruitment of that type of node benefit the network?
  7. 7. Ari Sahagún. 2015. Supports an understanding of these things as they change over time so we can reflect transparently Time 1
  8. 8. Ari Sahagún. 2015. Supports an understanding of these things as they change over time so we can reflect transparently Notice how more coalitions have built connections to the core group. They are on the way to strengthening their network. Time 2
  9. 9. Ari Sahagún. 2015. Credits The map used in this presentation is borrowed from Valdis Krebs, copyright 2013, from http://orgnet.com/contagion.html

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