Home > Uncategorized > The Top Five Habits of Effective Network Builders

The Top Five Habits of Effective Network Builders



    “Open-source projects and grassroots collective action are important sources of inspiration for 21st-century civic engagement, enabling us to combine the creativity and transparency of open innovation with community organizing’s relational abilities and courage to confront power.”


    That’s from the a new report, “Connected Citizens: The Power, Peril and Potential of Networks,” released last month by Monitor Institute and Knight Foundation. The report examines the role of networks in linking up citizens, with the goal of increasing participation in community leadership.


    The report looked at 70 projects that use an open and decentralized network-centric approach. Many of the projects “are technologically enabled,” says the report. “Others are rooted in in-person relationships. Most combine online and offline interaction, as well as insights from the open-source movement and grassroots organizing.”


    Five patterns emerged for good network building:

    • Listening to and consulting the crowds: Actively listening to online conversations and openly asking for advice.
    • Designing for serendipity: Creating environments, in person and online, where helpful connections can form.
    • Bridging differences: Deliberately connecting people with different perspectives.
    • Catalyzing mutual support: Helping people directly help each other.
    • Providing handrails for collective action: Giving enough direction for individuals to take effective and coordinated action.

     Source http://sloanreview.mit.edu/improvisations/2011/05/03/the-top-five-habits-of-effective-network-builders/?utm_source=Publicaster&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Gen%20Enews%20May%2019%202011&utm_term=Top+five+habits+of+effective+network+builders

Categories: Uncategorized
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: