Network Case Study Footbinding

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Network Case Study Footbinding

  1. 1. Network  Case  Study June  Holley,  Network  Weaver june@networkweaving.com January  2010
  2. 2. How  do  you  make  a  difference?
  3. 3. Footbinding   in  China  lasted 1000  years
  4. 4. 1895  Change  begins
  5. 5. 1930s
  6. 6. Until 1850s, China was very isolated
  7. 7. Westerners  arrive:  adamant  that  foot  binding  not  okay
  8. 8. Lesson  1: You  need  different  and/or outside  perspectives  to  make breakthroughs
  9. 9. Who  is  Alicia  Little?
  10. 10. Lesson  2: Even  one  energetic  and  persistent person,  acting  as  a  catalyst,  can  start transformational  change But…. Network  leaders  are  often  not  the  highly visible  individuals:  find  people  who  are acting  as  a  catalysts,  because  they  have the  potential  to  start  transformational change
  11. 11. Formed  a  group  that included  a  wide range  of  energetic and  skilled  women  -­‐-­‐ including missionaries, influential  Chinese, and  influential foreigners  -­‐-­‐  to experiment  as catalysts
  12. 12. Lesson  3: • Need  diversity  in  your  network  to  get  best and  most  appropriate  ideas • Need  people  who  can  access  many different  networks • Need  people  with  energy,  willing  to  act
  13. 13. Lesson  3  (for  foundations): Instead  of  funding  organizations,  support collaboratives  that  are  spanning  organizational and  different  worlds  and  that  what  to experiment  and  act  as  catalysts Fund  the  collaborative  catalyst  role Fund  experimentation  not  a  plan
  14. 14. Slogan Reframing Footbinding Li  Hongzhang
  15. 15. Lesson  4: • Get  high  powered  support  in  the  periphery  of  network • Develop  core  ideas  in  simple  ways  so  they  spread through  peer  networks • Provide  support  to  train  and  coach  collaboratives  to identify  and  build  relationships  with  Influentials • Provide  support  to  help  collabortives  develop  core  ideas in  simple  ways  so  they  spread  through  peer  networks
  16. 16. Experiments: Collected  money  for dowries  for  girls  with unbound  feet Prizes  for  best  poems, slogans  and  tracts
  17. 17. 8000  poems  & pamphlets  in  2 years Initial  Tract
  18. 18. Lesson  5: • Encourage  continual  stream  of  creativity  and engagement  by  ever  larger  network • Restructure  money  to  support  many  new  ideas and  collaborations • Provide  funds  for  Innovation  Funds  that encourage  a  continual  stream  of  creativity  and engagement  by  ever  larger  network • Restructure  money  to  support  many  new  ideas and  collaborations
  19. 19. Public  meetings  where people  committed  to  not  bind girls’  feet  and  not  let  sons marry  women  with  bound feet Explained  how  to  set up  Anti-­‐footbinding Association
  20. 20. Lesson  6: • Help  expand  the  network  and  encourage experimenting  to  make  breakthroughs • Notice  what  works • Emphasize  the  importance  of  deep  reflection  to identify  “patterns  of  success”
  21. 21. Lesson  7: • Spread  ideas  that  work  by  moving  into  new  networks • Spread  ideas  by  encouraging  and  supporting  people  to collaborate  and  self-­‐organize • Once  collaboratives  have  identified  “patterns  of success”,  provide  resources  to  spread  those  patterns  by moving  into  new  networks • Have  resources  to  encourage  and  support  expanded collaboration  and  self-­‐organization
  22. 22. Impact  in  Conservative  Rural District 1889        99%  bound 1899        94%  bound 1919            0%  bound

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