CFMC NWLC 20100818

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This is the introductory/overview presentation to a group of network weavers in Monterey County.

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CFMC NWLC 20100818

  1. 1. Social Network Support Project: Network Weaver Learning Community Community Foundation for Monterey County Diana Scearce and Janet Shing August 18, 2010 Thank you June Holley of Network Weaving, Monitor Institute, and Packard Foundation
  2. 2. A Few Questions to Begin to Weave Our Network
  3. 3. What Are Your Network Challenges? <ul><li>Scarce resources </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Regular participation </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse participation (e.g. differing capacity for follow-through) </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing participation </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic isolation—distance from core network activity </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraging social media </li></ul><ul><li>Political infighting—focus on individual vs. shared interests </li></ul>Source of photo: http://hullstudent.com/files/minisites/2288/People.jpg
  4. 4. Today’s Workshop <ul><ul><li>Introductions and Your Networks Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview, Context, Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Are Networks? Why Do They Matter for Social Change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characteristics of Healthy Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monterey County Networks and Network Weaving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision for the Learning Community </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Intelligence emerges as the system connects to itself in new and diverse ways. - Meg Wheatley
  6. 6. Today’s Goals <ul><li>Understand definitions of networks, how they differ from organizations, functions of networks, characteristics of healthy networks, and qualities of weavers </li></ul><ul><li>Understand scope and expectations of four-part learning community </li></ul><ul><li>Decide or come close to deciding if you would like to continue being part of this learning community </li></ul>
  7. 7. Overall Training Goals <ul><li>By the end of the four sessions, participants will </li></ul><ul><li>be inspired to work with a network mindset and to continue weaving and building networks </li></ul><ul><li>have a deeper understanding of network theory, as it applies to social networks, and characteristics of a healthy network </li></ul><ul><li>be able to recognize the qualities of network weavers/leaders; recognize and affirm individual weaver qualities and successes </li></ul><ul><li>understand network life cycles </li></ul><ul><li>appreciate the role of evaluating networks and learn how the network can help evaluate its own progress </li></ul><ul><li>have practiced applying weaver practices and shared their challenges and learnings with each other </li></ul><ul><li>have received an introduction to network mapping software </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Community Foundation’s Interest </li></ul><ul><li>in the Social Network Support Project </li></ul><ul><li>Assess community assets, needs, and priorities so CFMC can make appropriate grants and other contributions to community development. </li></ul><ul><li>Describe current network and use as baseline for joint reflection, priority-setting, increased knowledge communication, cooperation, coordination, monitoring, and planning. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Why You? </li></ul>
  10. 10.
  11. 11. Today’s Workshop <ul><ul><li>Introductions and Your Networks Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview, Context, Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Are Networks? Why Do They Matter for Social Change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characteristics of Healthy Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monterey County Networks and Network Weaving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision for the Learning Community </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What Is a Social Network? Monitor Institute A collection of people connected by relationships
  13. 13. <ul><li>network </li></ul><ul><li>adjective : connected, transparent, decentralized </li></ul><ul><li>verb : to connect, to spread, to organize into a network </li></ul><ul><li>noun : a structural form for organizing </li></ul>Monitor Institute
  14. 14. Centralized Decentralized Note: These categories often overlap. Most of the examples fit in to multiple categories. <ul><ul><li>Nonprofit organizations ( without explicit network structure) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership organizations (Organizations with network component) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonprofits with explicit network strategy and structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coalition / Alliance (network of organizations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networks of networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ad hoc networks </li></ul></ul>Monitor Institute. Developed from: Plastrik, Taylor, “Net Gains,” (2006); Anklam, “Net Work,” (2007); Krebs, Holley. “Building Smart Communities,” (2006).Source for Network Graphics: orgnet.com A Typology of Organizing Structures
  15. 15. Networks Aren’t New… Monitor Institute
  16. 16. … and New Online Spaces for Connecting People But, There Are New Tools for Sharing Content Monitor Institute
  17. 17. Combined With New Understanding of Social Ties <ul><li>“ If someone tells you that you can influence 1,000 people, it changes your way of seeing the world. ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. James Fowler </li></ul></ul>Monitor Institute
  18. 18. <ul><li>‘ Working wikily’ is an emerging leadership style characterized by greater openness, transparency, decentralized decision-making, and collective action </li></ul>Enabling Social Change With a Network Mindset Source of network image: orgnet.com Monitor Institute
  19. 19. What Do We Mean by “Network Mindset”? <ul><ul><li>Centralized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firmly controlled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proprietary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transactional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One-way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>communications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decentralized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loosely controlled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open, shared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two-way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>conversations </li></ul></ul>Where are you? The answer will be different for different situations Monitor Institute Established Ways of Working Social Change with a Network Mindset
  20. 20. How Do Coalitions Relate to Networks? <ul><ul><li>Problem and answer are clear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whole group decision-making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whole group planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whole group acts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach goal through planned action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem complex; solution unclear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network does not make all decisions together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experimenting, sharing results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many collaborative projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergent change </li></ul></ul>What is needed for your situation? The answer will likely be a combination of coalition and network models. Adapted from June Holley Coalition-centric Network-centric
  21. 21. <ul><li>Why do networks matter for social change and what can they help you DO? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Weave Communities MAVRAC Monitor Institute
  23. 23. Access Diverse Perspectives Monitor Institute
  24. 24. Access Diverse Perspectives Monitor Institute
  25. 25. Build and Share Knowledge Monitor Institute
  26. 26. Mobilizing People and Building Movements Source: Breaking New Ground: Using the Internet to Scale , by Heather McLeod Grant and Katherine Fulton; photos from KaBOOM! website Monitor Institute
  27. 27. Coordinate Resources and Action Monitor Institute
  28. 28. Why do networks matter for your work? What are the benefits?
  29. 29. Why is it Hard to Work with a Network Mindset? Unlearning past behaviors and frameworks Dealing with information overload Brand and message control Privacy concerns Learning and leveraging new technologies Assessing impact Source of images: Cut Throat Communications, Blog.com, Rutgers University RU FAIR, Kodaikanal International School, flickr Managing for accuracy Monitor Institute
  30. 30. Today’s Workshop <ul><ul><li>Introductions and Your Networks Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview, Context, Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Are Networks? Why Do They Matter for Social Change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characteristics of Healthy Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monterey County Networks and Network Weaving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision for the Learning Community </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Value Participation Form Leadership Connection Capacity Learning & Adaptation <ul><ul><li>Clearly articulated give and get for participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivers value/ outcomes to participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance of top-down and bottom-up logic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space for self-organized action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embraces openness, transparency, decentralization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic use of social media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ample shared space: on-line and in-person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability surface & tap network talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model for sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mechanisms for learning-capture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to gather and act on feedback </li></ul></ul>Governance <ul><ul><li>Reflective of the network’s diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparent </li></ul></ul>Helpful Sources: M. Kearns and K. Showalter; J. Holley and V. Krebs; P. Plastrik and M. Taylor; J. W. Skillern; C. Shirky Characteristics of Healthy Networks Monitor Institute
  32. 32. Today’s Workshop <ul><ul><li>Introductions and Your Networks Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview, Context, Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Are Networks? Why Do They Matter for Social Change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characteristics of Healthy Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monterey County Networks and Network Weaving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision for the Learning Community </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Why is Community Foundation interested in this? </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit organizations have the potential to increase their effectiveness and have a greater impact in the community and in their field by actively engaging in a network. </li></ul>
  34. 34. A Few Helpful Definitions Core Monitor Institute Link Node Cluster Periphery Hub
  35. 35. Adult Literacy, Monterey County, June 2009 Visualizing the Overall Network Some school-based and government agencies in the core (1, pink and blue), with nonprofits outside (2, red). Only one faith-based organization (3). 1 2 3 Type of Organization nonprofit government faith-based fdn/grantmaker school unknown
  36. 36. Greenfield Network, September 2009 Visualizing the Overall Network Mix of types of orgs in the core but mainly nonprofit and govt (1, red and blue; schools on edge of core - turquiose), relatively small periphery (2, yellow). Relatively few Greenfield-based (3) 1 2 3 Type of Organization nonprofit government other fdn/grantmaker religious school named, but did not take survey
  37. 37. Environment, Monterey Bay, November 2009 Visualizing the Overall Network Nonprofits, educ inst, and govt make up the core (1 turquoise, blue, and black); couple hubs (2) and many nodes who could easily be brought into core (3) 1 2 3 Type of Organization nonprofit organization educational institution government agency grassroots / informal group named, but did not take survey
  38. 38. Youth, Monterey County, July 2010 Visualizing the Overall Network 1 Nonprofits and govt make up the core (1 red and black); schools on periphery (2 yellow); and those working on safety and violence prevention are well-integrated (3) 2 3 Type of Organization government funder nonprofit collaborative other faith-based named, but did not take survey school
  39. 39. Youth Development Network Salinas October 2007 - 150 surveyed; 35% (53) responded A map of all the different networks shows fairly loose connections. Funders and non-profits compose most of the core (1, blue and black nodes), surrounded by sub-clusters of government actors (2, red nodes). Schools are not as well connected (3, yellow nodes spread around the periphery). One can also see a number of poorly connected individual networks (4) Government Agency Foundation Non-Profit For-Profit School Unknown Religious Other All Networks by Organization Type
  40. 40. Metrics scores are calculated by responses to network questions (e.g., shared resource, collaboration, future collaboration, energize/ideas)
  41. 41. Metrics continued…
  42. 42. What Roles Can You Play? <ul><li>Catalyst or Organizer </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitator /Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Coach </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Steward </li></ul><ul><li>Participant </li></ul><ul><li>Assessor </li></ul><ul><li>Weaver </li></ul>‘ Network weaving’ can cut across many of these roles Monitor Institute
  43. 43. <ul><li>Weaving is the intentional practice of helping people to build – and connect to – more relationships of trust and value, mostly by virtue of being genuinely interested in building and connecting oneself to more relationships of trust and value … Weaving is genuine human caring and love… </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Traynor </li></ul>
  44. 44. <ul><li>What are the characteristics and skills of an effective network weaver? </li></ul>Source for Network Graphic: orgnet.com
  45. 45. <ul><li>Convene diverse people and groups </li></ul><ul><li>Engage network participants </li></ul><ul><li>Generate cooperation and collective action </li></ul><ul><li>Broker connections and bridge difference </li></ul><ul><li>Build social capital – emphasize trust and reciprocity </li></ul>What is the Work of Network Weaving? Source: Adapted from Net Work by Patti Anklam (2007) and “Vertigo and the Intentional Inhabitant: Leadership in a Connected World” by Bill Traynor (2009) Source of picture: flickr Monitor Institute
  46. 46. What is the Work of Network Weaving? (cont.) <ul><li>Nurture self-organization </li></ul><ul><li>Genuinely participate . Influence from the inside </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage technology </li></ul><ul><li>Create, preserve, and protect network ‘space’ </li></ul>Source: Adapted from Net Work by Patti Anklam (2007) and “Vertigo and the Intentional Inhabitant: Leadership in a Connected World” by Bill Traynor (2009) Source of picture: flickr Monitor Institute
  47. 47. June Holley’s Network Weaver Checklist
  48. 48. <ul><li>Complete the self-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Gather in groups of three and </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assign a time keeper so everyone has time for a turn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share your top strength and challenge/ area for strengthening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a group, brainstorm strategies for how you can overcome that challenge </li></ul></ul>Instructions:
  49. 49. What might a network weaver’s job include ? <ul><li>Introduce network concepts and mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting to enhance the network </li></ul><ul><li>Move the network to action </li></ul><ul><li>Build network support structures </li></ul><ul><li>Help others become Network Weavers </li></ul><ul><li>What else? </li></ul>What do you want to work on and/or experiment with? ?
  50. 50. Today’s Workshop <ul><ul><li>Introductions and Your Networks Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview, Context, Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What Are Networks? Why Do They Matter for Social Change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characteristics of Healthy Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monterey County Networks and Network Weaving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision for the Learning Community </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. Overall Training Goals <ul><li>By the end of the four sessions, participants will </li></ul><ul><li>be inspired to work with a network mindset and to continue weaving and building networks </li></ul><ul><li>have a deeper understanding of network theory, as it applies to social networks, and characteristics of a healthy network </li></ul><ul><li>be able to recognize the qualities of network weavers/leaders; recognize and affirm individual weaver qualities and successes </li></ul><ul><li>understand network life cycles </li></ul><ul><li>appreciate the role of evaluating networks and learn how the network can help evaluate its own progress </li></ul><ul><li>have practiced applying weaver practices and shared their challenges and learnings with each other </li></ul><ul><li>have received an introduction to network mapping software </li></ul>
  52. 52. Input for the Learning Community <ul><li>What are the topics you want to work on (including topics addressed today to go deeper on)? </li></ul><ul><li>What are live projects / issues you’re dealing with that you’d like to work on with this learning community? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to work on or experiment with between now and our next gathering? </li></ul>
  53. 53. “ Networks are everywhere. We just need an eye for seeing them.” Albert- Laszlo Barbarasi

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