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Networks are ubiquitous and research into the operation and structure of networks is exploding. In this domain of the website you will find resources that explore the dynamics and architecture of networks, the works of key network scholars, and insights into a wide variety of networks - from schools to insect colonies, the internet, and business organizations. You will also find examples of how network insights are being used to help create healthier communities and foster innovation.

A Plexus Institute partner in social network visualization is Meta Strategies. Liz Rykert founded Meta Strategies in 1997 in Toronto. As a positive deviance coach, Liz is supporting work at the University Health Network and Toronto East General in Toronto to reduce the spread of hospital superbugs and is part of the team on the Canadian research project on PD. With Liz, Chris Black has worked on numerous consulting projects relating to the effective use of stakeholder/membership information, user interfaces and web site planning for groups including Health Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

Learn more about social networks on the Networkweaver Blog of June Holley, Valdis Krebs, and Jack Ricchiuto.

The 4 Developmental Stages of Networks
- Jack Ricchiuto, Sunday, March 14, 2010

June, Valdis and I have seen countless networks grow over the past 30 years. It's interesting to see networks grow from weaker to stronger. They go through four stages in the process. Here is a model based on the phases of human development. When we bring people together in their networks, we see all four stages within various connections in the network.

Best of all, unlike human development where phases cannot be skipped, effective network development can involve immediate acceleration to an emerging and scaling network of adult connections.

People in the network feel dependent on formal leaders to make things happen in the network. Their whole life is structured around demands that parent leaders take care of all their needs. Their whole thrivancy is based on the trade of compliance for protection.

People in the network are interested in making things happen, but only things that require permissions and funding from the parental formal leaders. They are focused in this phase of getting more support from parent-leaders for the things they want to do. They live in continuous demand from a position of entitlement.

People in the network give up dependency on their parent-leaders, but still believe the "pie of resources" is still finite and so compete with peers to satisfy their needs. In this phase, people in the network believe that others' loss is the necessary cost of their gain.

People in the network take responsibility for their destinies and know that working together expands the pie in ways that allows everyone to thrive. They believe that people in the network can achieve more together than they ever could apart or in opposition.

Network weavers help people move into the adult phase more quickly and successfully, accelerating the possibilities of more strong networks.


The Power of Social Networks: Creating, Mapping, Analyzing and Leveraging Your Organization’s Networks with June Holley. See all the Plexus Institute on-demand webinars hosted by ULiveandLearn.

Additional Articles:

Building Smart Communities Through Network Weaving (pdf) - Valdis Krebs and June Holley, 2006

Smart Networks Presentation (pdf) - June Holley, 2009

Network Weaver Checklist (pdf) - June Holley, 2008

Map Drawing Activity (Smart Network Weaving) (pdf) - June Holley

Ancient Practice of Chinese Social Networking (pdf) - Scott Hammond and Lowell Glenn, 2004

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