The Power of Networks: NetworksMake Our Work More Valuable Linking & Leveraging Assets
Linking & Leveraging YOURAssets Your networks Your skills Your knowledge Your experiences You passions
The Power of Networks: Networks Allow Us to Innovate Trust Co-Creation Co-Execution Turf Sharing Resources Sharing Information Mutual AwarenessAcknowledgment Exploration Cooperation Collaboration InnovationTIME The Social Innovation Continuum Adapted from Collaboration Continuum from ACT for Youth
Networks Are Built DeliberatelyJust because your organization has the word “network” in its name, doesn’t mean it functions like a network
Network Must Be Built Deliberately:Exercise • Exchange contact information with someone you do not know (or know well) • Find one thing you have in common • Decide on a follow- up activity – phone call – information exchange – introduction to third party
Networks Must Be Built Deliberately: Seven Levels of Network Weaving1. Introducing A and B in person and offering a collaboration opportunity to get A and B started in a successful partnership.2. Introducing A and B in person and contacting A and B afterward to nurture the connection.3. Introducing A and B in person.4. Doing a conference call introduction of A and B5. Doing an email introduction of A and B6. Suggesting to A that A should talk with B and then contacting B to let B know to expect a call from A7. Suggesting to A that A should talk with B
Networks Require A New Set of Skills NEW NETWORK LEADER ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES Convener Maintains the civic spaces Connector Links people and other assets Civic Entrepreneur Sees new opportunities Guide Maps a complex process Strategist Reveals larger patterns Knowledge Keeper Distills face-to-face conversations into key points and patterns Web 2.0 Maven Applies Web 2.0 power tools
Success Story: How ACEnetBuilt a NetworkACEnet provides a wide rangeof assistance tofood, wood, and technologyentrepreneurs in 29 countiesof Appalachian OhioBuilding Smart Communities through Network Weavingby Valdis Krebs and June Holley
Stages of Network DevelopmentACEnet Success StoryHad a hunch that there was the potential for anetwork of tomato producers. Mapped the networkby asking existing and emerging food professionalsthree questions: From whom do you get new ideas that benefit your work? From whom do you access expertise that improves your operations? With whom do you collaborate?
They Found it Was a Network of“Scattered Fragments”
Decided to Invest in a KitchenIncubator as a Network “Hub” Kitchen Incubator became a hub for restaurateurs and farmers
Mapped the Network Again and Foundthat a “Hub & Spokes” Network HadEmerged
Additional Activity Began toEmerge Farmers Market Outdoor Café Restaurant Association
Mapped the Network Again and Founda “Multi-Hub” Pattern Had Emerged
Network Began to Make Connections Outsidethe Region Resulting in a “Core & Periphery”Network
Your Network What phase is it in? Scattered Fragments Hub & Spokes Multi-Hub Core & Periphery What could you do to take it to the next level?
Successful Policy Networks are… Diverse – involving the public sector, private sector, nonprofits Open & Flexible – adaptive to constantly changing environments and always open to new participants Fast – well equipped to identify issues, outline a vision, options, and action plans, launch concrete actionsStreck, C. (2002). Global public policy networks as coalitions for change. In Esty and Ivanova (eds.),Global Environmental Governance: Options and Opportunities.
Policy Networks Scope Direction National Policy Top Down Statewide Policy Bottom Up Regional Policy Concentric Circles Local Policy Types Public Policy Institutional Policy
Building Collaborative Networkswith Strategic Doing Strategic Doing enables people in loosely joined, open networks to think and act strategically. Instead of broad visions, they pursue measurable strategic outcomes.Instead of focusing on problems and deficits, theydefine new opportunities by connecting their assets. Instead of looking for a visionary leader, theyrecognize that leadership in open networks is a shared responsibility.